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Posted by anonymous on 10/09/2010
The food is good here. I haven't been disappointed in the taste. The lunch special pretty good with tax it's $6 but the problem here is how much they put in their food. The shrimp with lobster sauce is mostly fried rice & 5 pieces of shrimp with lots of sauce. The rice is good but they're so skimpy with the meat! Their pork chops with salt and pepper is pretty good too but it's mostly bone which is disappointing. This place would be so much better if they stopped putting so much rice in their entrees and actually just put the food that they're advertising.
Posted by Montague on 03/19/2010
A consistently good meal, with super-fast delivery in the Heights. Well-prepared with a deeply varied menu, it's a lot of food for the money. The lunch specials are an especially good deal. Also love the old school sign and decor.
Posted by rox on 01/19/2010
I live 2 blocks away from this restaurant and due to laziness, I keep making the same mistake of eating here. Thick skinned wantons, hand made but frozen dumplings, the kind of flavorless sauce in their stir frys that forces you to dump hot sauce on to taste it. The lunch special is deceptively priced cheap: $5.55 but the entree portions are small piled with ALOT of rice which makes you feel like you wasted money. I gave them the benefit of the doubt and ordered a dinner entree that is more authentic chinese "seafood tofu casserole". Skimpy portions of seafood and tofu. There is no effort by mgmt to increase the quality of the food at Fortune House, just efforts to cut costs by cutting alot of corners.
Posted by RS75 Henry on 12/14/2009
Fortune House is the Best! Newly decorated, the food is excellent, the drinks are varied and inexpensive, and the service is efficient. In fact, unlilke others, they don't rush you. Sit for as long as you want. Not sure what's best or what to order? The owner is shy, if you engage her, she will be honest and help you. There are so many great choices on this menu. The dumplings are the best, the pancake is too(but not on Sunday), try the whole fish, anything in the XO sauce, sliced pork, etc. They are best with "non-American" Chinese food-be brave and try something different! Great place to go after the movie at the Brooklyn Heights Cinema. If you haven't tried it-go!
Posted by katieface on 09/13/2009
this place is relatively cheap and yummy. Pass on the soup though.
Posted by Citizen Scribbler on 09/01/2009
Well, yes. The staff do appear a little distant, but that's because many of them are new arrivals to America. I've been going to Fortune House for years and I don't think I've ever seen the same waiters or waitresses. It's more of a stopping off point for a lot of these people while they make a little money and improve their English. The important thing is that the staff is courteous, swift and attentive. If they aren't likely to engage you in chit-chat about the weather or your children- tough! Personally, I prefer to keep my banter with servers to a minimum. The food is terrific. You can't go wrong with almost anything on the menu. I would especially recommend the Peking Duck. They serve it in a Moo-Shu style and they fix it up for you right at your table. Great to impress your date with! I've always found the portions to be great and the menu has a nice variety. No, really. The portions are unquestionably decent. Some people are just fat and no sized portion, save a double-sized one, is going to satisfy them. Also, this is one of the few places where the fried wontons they serve you while you await your meal are always crisp and fresh! Not only that, but so are the fortune cookies! Imagine that! Fresh, edible fortune cookies! As others have pointed out, the decor of this place is hideously dated and unimaginative. Still, that dated feel does add some measure of charm in its own way. But the best part of the meal has to be getting the bill at the end. That's a tab I never mind picking up if I'm out with a friend. Two people can get totally stuffed and still have leftovers for a little less than thirty dollars- and that includes the tip! I've been to Chinese restaurants all over town from fancy expensive places, to take-out dives, to authentic establishments in Chinatown. Of all these, I'd have to say that Fortune House is the greatest all-around place for the high quality of the food, the portions and the price.
Posted by Christy from ABQ on 05/03/2009
Visiting NYC and walked over the Brooklyn Bridge to find this gem. It's looks like your typical chinese restaurant but the food is some of the best chinese I've had in years. We probably wouldn't have tried it but we were interested since most of the tables were full at 7:30pm, which seemed like a good sign. I'm glad we did! We ordered the vegetable dumplings, Cantonese wonton soup, Moo Goo Gai Pan (which was served with rice) and spring and egg rolls. Everything came out hot and fresh. The snow peas in the Moo Goo had that nice crunch. You get tea at the table when you are seated along with fried wontons and a pickled cabbage salad to nosh on while you wait. Read a review stating that the staff was a little indifferent which I would have to agree with, a bit. Though I am not sure if it is indifference or that they are just busy. Very pleased with our find and look forward to going again on our next trip. Bottom line, great food and very inexpensive!!