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Posted by Ched on 01/22/2005
My rating says it all. We had no problem with the service. It was a nice balance of friendlyness and letting you getting on with eating the wonderfull food. I thought the decor / atmosphere was ideal. I can understand why some people might dislike the atmosphere if they expected sumptuous surroundings and waiters tending to your every whim, but this is a "real" chinese restaurant catering for the locals. It's a very busy "take away" so there's a lot of coming and going. Always a good sign. You'll get a feel for NY's China town here. If you're in Manhattan on business / vacation - Don't miss this gem!
Posted by Hoppy Junior on 12/01/2004
The food here is incredible, and it is open until 4am. Some of my favorite items are the Salt Baked Shrimp and the Chicken with Vegetable Noodles. The latter is served on a bed of wonderful crispy noodles that soften when the sauce penetrates. The service here is absolutely awful. The food arrives quickly, but the waitstaff literally sprints away from you if you pause for one second while giving your order. When you go to pay, the cashier/hostess(?) treats you like a leper. But heck, you're not going to embrace her as a potential new friend anyway, so let it go and enjoy some of the best Chinese in the city.
Posted by bigmayo on 07/30/2004
True, the takeout order lady gives the impression she would be happier if you just got the hell out of the restaurant. True, you might have to share a table with complete strangers. True, True, True. When you finish eating, though, you'll rub your stomach and say hey, I'm gonna tell a few friends about this place.
Posted by DN on 07/19/2004
This is a very typical Chinese noodle place. The food is really great, and it's definitely cheap. Only problem is, the service is really bad. I mean really bad. The worse part of the restaurant is the ladies who take order for take out. They have the worse attitudes. Trust me when I tell you this, the lady who took my order was yelling at me because I wanted more chili oil. I even offered to give her money for them, and she was still going off on me. It's just absurd! Eating there is probably my worst experience in Chinatown! Despite the food is good, I must say, it's not worth it. I only order take out from this place if I'm in the area, and it's late at night, and I have a craving for noodles.
Posted by Hoppy Junior on 06/12/2004
Previous reviews are right on the money. You don't come here for the atmosphere...yet there is something about it that is old world charming. But the food is the star. Salt-baked shrimp is unreal. Out of control soups and entrees. Have never had a bad entree here. My favorite late-nite restarant in the city...and best Chinese food.
Posted by Bill on 05/26/2004
This place has been around since the dawn of mankind. All right, maybe not that far back but this noodle shop has been around for quite a long time now. If you do plan to visit this place then you've come here primarily for the noodles whether it's noodle soups, lo mein or pan fried noodles. They do offer rice dishes but the tourists are the ones who order those because they just don't know any better. The noodle soups are cooked fresh in a big vat of boiling water. You have a choice in the type of noodles ranging from thin to broad noodles. Also there's a wide selection of toppings for your noodle soup such as wontons, shrimp dumplings, roast pork and roast duck. I usually order the shrimp dumplings lo mein which are noodles on a dish with shrimp dumplings on top and a bowl of soup on the side. My wife prefers the wonton noodle soup which are pork meat and shrimp dumplings on top of noodles in soup. The service is usually a hit or miss because the place can get crowded at times. The restaurant's decor is something reminiscent of the mid-80's with wood tables and minimal decorations. Make sure to know what you're ordering before you place your order. I know that's common sense but you'll be surprised. For instance, one occasion we invited my wife's friend who ordered the seafood and vegetable with noodles. After taking three bites of her meal, she declared that her dish wasn't what she ordered. It was probably the last time we had a meal with her.
Posted by Steve on 05/26/2004
This little place is far from a secret -- its 'salt baked' (actually deep fried) seafood has been raved about for years. The roast pork could be the best in Chinatown. Wonderful soups. Tasty vegetable dishes -- try anything with flowering chives. And yes, super, Hong-Kong style noodle dishes. All cheap, cheap, cheap. Two can eat like kings for well under $50. Go.