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Posted by moutardeforte on 09/17/2006
The first spoonful of their hot and sour (called hot and spicy) single portion served in a pumpkin shaped bowl evinced great sophistication in the balance of flavors and stayed super hot in temperature to the dregs. Have been here a half dozen times and one glance at the diners shows you're in a place that takes food seriously. The fried fresh squid w/salted pepper and the house special pork ribs are superb.
Posted by lolinad on 07/18/2006
I had lunch here today with a seasoned new yorker (i.e. bought his building in the 60s). lunch on a monday, so no wait at all. the decor is pretty weird. these guys seem to be using random decor from a clearance sale. when you go, you'll know what i mean. as for the food, i thought it was excellent and a great deal for nyc (though you can get cheaper in chinatown). but, the blend of cleanliness and good food makes it very well priced. we had the mushroom/fried bean curd (not bad) and the Singapore Mein Fun (awesome). $13 before tip (thats for 2 people!!) service was good since the customers outnumber the staff at 2pm.
Posted by Joanne on 03/31/2006
This place was recommended to my husband by a Chinese co-worker. We went there with mixed feelings as we didn't know what to expect from the Congee. But my word, they certainly know their food. We started with Shark Fin soup which has now become my new favorite food - it's a little pricey but it's out of this world fantastic. It just sets your taste buds a-tingling! We then had dumplings with a few different sauces which were also delightfully sumptuous. Melt in your mouth. Then of course on to the Congee - I ordered the Chicken and Mushroom and they accidentally brought the Frogs Legs. I started into it not realizing it was the wrong dish and was loving every minute of it. Then the waiter rushed over and whipped it out from under me to replace it with our order which ended up being good but not nearly as good as the Frogs Legs. We ordered one of the sizzling platters which is plenty of food for two people. After that we couldn't move! And the best part of all was that for all the food we ate our bill came to about $35 including tip for both of us. You can't beat that. It really is a must if you enjoy real Chinese food.
Posted by Terry on 02/20/2006
After reading the reviews here, and from another source, I have been wanting to try this place for a while. Did so on Sunday, and was not that impressed. I ordered steamed dumplings, they were not good, and bean curd with black mushroom source, was ok. One in my party ordered the beef chow mein, not your typical chow mein, it was ok, but the chow fun with beef was very good. I would go again, but with a group, so that we could sample lots of different dishes. The patrons at this restaurant were predominantly Asian, so that tells you something. It is not your typical Americanized Chinese food.
Posted by icemancometh06 on 02/20/2006
Congee or "jook" as the locals call it is the best type of soup one can get along with my favorite new england clam chowda! I got the the congee called "gup dai jook" (the innards that many avoid) my chinese pal got me hooked on. The rest of the menu with so many varieties (the beef chow fun & sing mai fun were the best in c-town), chinese veggies, spare ribs, shrimps, chicken, peking pork, fish, etc. All delicioso! And the prices are so so fair. This is definitely the best chinese spot in the city, better than those in the heart of c-town!
Posted by Marissa on 12/27/2005
The food here is so good. It's probably a good idea to make reservations for parties of 6 or more to avoid the long wait. All the dishes we have tried were excellent; my family and I especially enjoy the shrimp with walnuts, the house special friend rice, and the chicken with mushrooms in the bamboo pot. Just waiting for an occassion to rent out the private rooms with karaoke...
Posted by TheFrugalGourmet on 11/16/2005
I made the trek down to the LES to have a go at the congee since this place has had so many rave reviews for this dish. In all, we were a group of 8 (4 Chinese, 4 Westerners) in this adventure. We were seated immediately on one of the lower floors with tables specifically made for large groups. On to the food! A tray of peanuts and a round of tea greated us at the table. A warm bowl of hot & sour soup readied us for the meal to come. We ordered preserved egg & pork congee as well as chicken and mushroom congee. Both were excellent. What followed was pure gluttony. Also ordered 4 different types of dim sum. The only one that we did not like was the sweet potato. Way too sticky and gummy. Not much flavor. We then ordered the house special chicken. It's a must have. Absolutely delish. Shrimp balls with walnuts were eatten as fast at they could hit the table. Clams with black bean sauce fare no better. All were eaten in a rush. We also had a fish medley. There were fried as well as steamed fish and vegetables. If you plan on kissing anyone do not have the Chinese greens with garlic. Otherwise. eat all you can of this wonderful, but very garlicky vegetable. We also had Young Chow fried rice and Singapore mei fun. everyone had at least 2 beverages and the full stocked bar churne out wonderfully priced beverages. We ate until we could eat no more. The cost per person? Only $22.00 with tax and tip included. There was so much food left over that we were able to take some home with us. One thing taht didn't pass muster with anyone at the table? The complimentary dessert congee. I'll pass on that. Next time we're getting the giant clam and wonderful smelling spare ribs that we next table had. A sizzling seafood hot plate was wonderful as well. Service? I though it was fine for the amount of people that we had. The decor is to make you feel as if you are entering a bamboo hut. For this price and food quality, I'd eat in a hut too. :o)