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Posted by RP on 02/21/2010
Placed an order for delivery, ordered "thai chicken curry" but got chinese chicken curry. Order chicken fried rice, got fried rice with uncooked peas, they forgot my california rolls, called and request someone to redeliver it, but they were too busy, and said they would credit me next time. Never want to order from their again.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2010
For any asians living in the heights...Empire will be the closest thing to passing real (non-takeout type) asian food up here. I absolutely LOVE the beef noodle soup and the pork/mustard cabbage noodle soup. the bowl is GIGANTIC and i LOVE soup. They also take the time to stir fry the pork b/f putting it into the soup so its extra flavorful. Their soup is always extra flavorful (salty) so I pour 2 glasses of water into it and then its perfect (and more soup!) ! Their service is ridiculously slow, but they're always nice! Also if you order 10+ you can choose the wontons in sechuan sauce...O.M.G. haha wontons swimming in melted peanut butter, soy sauce, and just a little bit of spiciness is AMAZING. when i get takeout, I always order the wonton soup so i can dip my wontons in the peanut butter sauce. I love this place, but be sure you allot enough time for the slow service!
Posted by Love Noodles on 12/29/2009
We order from Empire all the time--at least once a week. I'm obsessed with the cold sesame noodles, which they give you free if you order more than $10. Food's always tasty, hot, and the right order.
Posted by Saida33 on 10/08/2009
Have ordered for Empire for over a year and every time there is a mysterious extra $1 or $2 added under the guise of another drink that's never included. Their prawns are regular-ole shrimp, seafood for the sushi is in mid defrosting stage, Pad thai noodles are hard/uncooked - and on and on. But if you want sub-par, unauthentic overpriced food - EMPIRE will live up to your dreams and more.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/26/2009
It has been awhile because I was annoyed with them for skimping on the meats and rude service, but I thought to myself ok let's try this again. I Placed my order 7:24 pm Sat. Night and the phone lady was lovely, clear, articulate and polite. She even reminded me of the free b's that I qualified for noodles, sushi and or sodas with orders over ten dollars. I ordered Dumplings, Sw and Sour Pork, Chow fun with Shrimp, side order of roast pork and Ginger Chicken Shrimp duet. So now we wait...BRB... 7:48 Dinner's here, and with the exception of forgetting the roast pork everything looks great. Called about the roast pork and she insisted on sending it right over. 8:00 pm on a saturday night friends and family are enjoying their food and all in all I would WELCOME BACK cause I missed quality food in the heights. KEEP IT UP PLEASE!
Posted by honest eater on 08/03/2009
Decided to give Empire another chance. Last time i ordered from them was about a year ago. At that time the sushi was not good, they didn't use japanese sushi rice and the ingredients was not fresh. This time, 7/29/09 I decided to give them a try again. First off, all of their sushi is 50% off but beware, the original price of the sushi is expensive to begin with so take it with a grain of salt. I give them credit that they are using better rice but i still laugh that they use a piece of boston lettuce as an ingredient. The guy that made the sushi needs to learn how to cut them into pieces because he cut it way to big. I did take a look at the temperature reading where the fish is stationed and it was at the correct temp so thats good. Overall, I say there are 2 ways to look at Empire regarding their sushi. If you don't mind big pieces and are not a big sushi eater then I guess Empire will do. If you eat a lot of sushi at places that use fresh fish and premium grade sushi rice, then you will find Empire's sushi not to standard. ~honest eater
Posted by Mike Hunt on 07/14/2009
Rude service, the food was starch and oil. I thought this was a one time thing but no I tried it again and just not good! I know there are very few option in the Heights but do yourself a favor and make a PB&J!!!