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Posted by Inez L. on 11/23/2014
I moved to the UES over a year ago and I still cannot find a Chinese take-out restaurant as good as East Palace. I miss it soooo much. I had no idea that I had been so lucky for all those years living on 42nd Street and having them near by. I used to order about once a week and the food was always excellent, tasty, fresh and delivered in record time. I miss it so much that I am thinking of walking the 50 blocks just to pick up dinner for tonight. It's really that good--trust me!!!
Posted by Anonymouse on 11/08/2013
I used to love ordering from this place. It was cheap, but still the brown sauce with certain dishes was so good. I just ordered from there today and it's gone way downhill unfortunately in the quality of the food. When I called to ask them what happened, the guy mentioned they got a new chef. Maybe they need to get back their old one or get another one. :(
Posted by anonymous on 08/19/2013
Food here is mediocre although they make cabbage stuffed steamed dumplings that are tasty. Trouble is, when you go by to order and pick up yourself, as I have done, they make you wait forever while they fill all the orders coming in over the computer. Not good. Looking for a better Asian take-out in East mid-town. There has to be one!
Posted by Asian Chef on 04/22/2013
The bottom line is that this is a fast food Chinese place that only some of their dishes are hits and the others are just okay or just subpar. You have to know what you like and if they don't do it right then don't order it from this place. They make over 200 dishes and you think every single one is supposed to be great ha! Not gonna happen... This is what i know for a fact you can't go wrong with their pork dumplings since these are homemade, spare ribs, beef chow fun, eggplant with garlic sauce, ma po tofu, string beans, dried tofu with pork and sesame noodles. I'm not a fan of their soups. I've lived in the area for over 24yrs and this place is good for a quick meal. Also people say they are rude on the phone..they are trying to answer the phones and get orders in quick but they are just direct. So change up your places to order Chinese so you don't sick of the same thing.
Posted by Aviva Yum Yum Doobeedoo on 11/01/2012
I must disagree with the reviewer below, and further, if he thinks a lunch in midtown for less than $10 is too expensive, he has to adjust his budget for 2012 - or quite frankly anything past 2000. The food here is delicious, well priced, and not undercooked. Fried rice and wonton soup are American Chinese staples, but not really a mark of a good spot. And I think theirs is fine, btw.
Posted by Yuck on 10/04/2012
I've gone to East Palace numerous times thinking that maybe there will be a new batch of cooks and the food will be better, but each time I try to make a mental note to rememember to never return. The fried rice never has any taste and is definitely not fried. The wonton soup has far too much pepper and the flavor is not like any other wonton soup I've ever had in other Chinese restaurants. It tastes more like overly peppered chicken broth than wonton soup ought to. The chicken never ever seems to have been cooked thoroughly. It is always very soft and mushy and gives me the uncomfortable feeling that I will be utterly poisoned and spend the rest of the day in the bathroom after eating it. I even spoke with a man in the waiting area who told me he asks them to over cook his chicken so that it is at least half way edible. To make things worse, the price is ridiculously high. In my home neighborhood, a combination lunch would be about $5 while at East, which is around the corner from my office, I pay over $7. There is something very wrong with this picture. My suggestion is to eat somewhere else if you don't mind walking about 10 blocks. Or else, avoid the wonton soup, the fried rice and anything with chicken.
Posted by carlo on 05/03/2012
I like the idea of this restaurant and the variety of the menu -- unfortunately, they are not up to par and although the food is cheap, it could be better. Bottom line: the service was poor and I don't recommend this experience.