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Posted by sherms and meg on 01/28/2007
congee never does us wrong! after a late night out on the town, a group of us met there for brunch. the frogs legs congee didn't even scare the hungover crowd that weren't all congee regulars. so much to try... was a little disappointed in the lobster though - but it could've been a bad night. everything else made up for it though.
Posted by Daragon on 01/28/2007
The food here is good an inexpensive and there is a huge variety. Frog legs, squid, pigeon- and food the less adventerous may be use to- general tso, mixed veges. They accomodate big groups well. Portions are big- so if you do have a big group, I recommend ordering a couple of appetizers and not ordering a main course for every person in the group. Make reservations on weekends as this place gets packed. Mixed drinks are only $4- and are strong. Congee is very good- order it for the beginning of your meal (the seafood one is not good for everyone- too much ginger for some) . they accomodated a big group of us for birthday party very well. Staff may not understand english but who cares- they know the menu and that's all that really matters.
Posted by oriensus on 12/26/2006
This place serves pretty good food with better choices than your traditional chinese restaurant menus. I also think the price is pretty good. What I don't like is their service. Their staff don't really speak english that well, as long as you keep english strictly to what's on the menu you're ok but if you say anything outside of that then it becomes trouble. They just don't communicate very well. They even answer their phone in Cantonese, that is just kind of strange. Even crappy little chinese take out restaurant answers their phone in English. I would recommend this place for the food but definitely don't go there for good service.
Posted by anon. on 12/25/2006
y'all should know... Like most Asian Restaurants around the world, it tries to maintain it's core style and customers base. That means ordering family style and or expect that treatment, but since it 's opening a number of years ago, the clientele has changed dramatically, mostly hipsters and their friends, who has no idea how to order and experience the cuisine, that is the real reason, why the food has lost it's original character, order a plate to eat by ones-self and not understanding the sharing process has made it difficult for the staff to understand why and how do their new customers base not understand?, I'm a hard core regular and, I have witnessed the incorrect approach to having a simple meal, asking for something that your local take out joint has and yet you still request it on a dinner night out with your clueless group of unadventurous diners, who is too blame with that? the restaurant and staff or the person who peruses the menu for fried dumplings and hot and sour soup and some shrimp fried rice, all the while the entire menu has a myriad of enticing choices, I'm not saying that those who do like the place is to blame but try and remember that one person win your group who was the simpleton and complained about the strangeness of the menu and didn't enjoy the meal, they are the ones who bashed this and all other ethnic cuisine. Next time try the subway or pommes frite place down the block, but don't let the mayo/curry sauce sway you from enjoying it belgium style, but then again the catsup is always available. <boo-ya-shack-a>
Posted by Anonymous on 10/24/2006
Isn't the place called CONGEE VILLA? not Village? The food is pretty good there...long wait on a weekend. The food sometimes is salty. Overall a decent chinese restaurant in chinatown.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/19/2006
We had dinner with my family at Congee Village. The food was very salty. We were unsatified with the service. They didn't understand their customers very well. I feel this restaurant is over rated. I had better food in chinatown.
Posted by ZenFoodster =) on 09/20/2006
Congee ("jook" in Cantonese) was served to me in my childhood by my mother when I was sick. This comfort food, eaten centuries by Chinese peasants & noblemen alike, is believed to contain therapeutic qualities strong enough to foil the most foul of ailments. Known for its "jook," Congee Village serves up every variety that remedies any hungry stomach. Yet, in my inaugural visit there, I was enticed to order some of the Village's other specialty dishes. I was surprised to find fried bread ("man-tao") on the menu & enjoyed 6 scrumptious pieces served up with sweet & milky syrup. And what a deal! We ordered the Spicy Salted Crab in Special Sauce, at $10.95, which came with 4 small crabs in a heavenly garlic & dry shrimp sauce. We were equally delighted by the Sautéed Clams with Black Bean Sauce, packed full of flavor to make anyone order another bowl of congee as an accompaniment. The Flounder Fillet in Two Tastes, however, was a half disappointment. The fish itself was fresh & delicious, as items denoted "M.P." should be. The sautéed half of the dish was very clean & light (ching), much like most, Guangdong Cantonese dishes. It was tossed with pea pods & small mushrooms, mixed with a subtly gingery and garlicky white sauce. The fried portion, however, was covered by a batter that was too thick to complement a fish as delicate and mild as fresh flounder -- it was too much like fish n' chips. This part of the dish was a turn-off to me, though my Caucasian (gweilo) dining partner liked it. The woodland village decor is cheap but does the trick of setting the scene…a vast array of local Chinese, tourists, daters, & hipsters alike make it a long wait. However, a few of the ridiculously low-priced cocktails and the great, authentic food to come will take your mind off of it!