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Posted by What a find! on 03/30/2006
We had lunch at Hop Kee on the recommendation from a friend, and we were very pleased. The wontons were huge and crisp, and the platter of ten was only $4.75. The hot sour soup met our expectations and while it was different than the soup we get at home it was still excellent. The duck with pineapple and lychees was perfectly cooked and flavorful. Roast pork chop suey was pleasing, with tender pork and tender-crisp veggies. The service was adequate - this is a casual place so you will not have a waiter hovering over you during your meal. We found that a smile and kind word goes far here, and we were treated very well. We will definitely return on our next trip to NYC!
Posted by lstar1965 on 01/28/2006
Great Chinese food and quick service. Large menu. Waiters are not much help deciding. Food comes out fast and almost never a wait. Been going here for years and never had a meal I did not like.
Posted by laura on 12/10/2005
I ordered: Roasted duck wonton soup --This was watery and boring. It was also lukewarm. Beef with vegetables --Beef was tender. Vegetables were huge and there were no knives. Sauce was forgettable. Thin, brown, with a delicate flavor overcome by the veggies. Mixed vegetables with chinese sauce --Same as above. Forgettable. Soda --One can. 1.25. Tea --WTHeck? This was also watery and tasteless! How can you mess up your tea? The food was -not- good. It was boring and uninteresting, about as good as local Chinese. There were no special tastes, no amazing freshness, and scallion pancakes were not on the menu. The dishes were not -that- big, either. When we went, it was empty, and the service was good, at least. Frankly, we wondered if we were in the wrong restaurant, given the good reviews. Oh, yeah -- the chinese icecream factory is actually a street or two away, not across the street, as some reviewers said. :p
Posted by Steve Moncada on 07/19/2005
Hop Kee was literally the first restaurant my parents took me to...in my life. I was 1. Ever since I have been there about 10 times a year and it truly is the best Chinese food I've ever had. I've introduced tons of people to it and they have done the same...I always recommend the salted pork chops/squid with hot peppers, shredded beef with green peppers, steamed dumplings, duck wonton soup, pan fried flounder, and chicken with cashew nuts. During the spring of 2004, I brought a few college friends down to Hop Kee raving about how much amazing food we can get for almost nothing, and I was really disappointed...they raised all the prices about $2 in April, and the food was a little bland and served at room temperature. I chalked it up to a one-time offense and returned again, and again, and again, and each time the disappointment continued. I still go back nostalgic of the days when $40 (including tax/tip) could fill every square inch of the table with piping hot delicious Chinese food dishes - don't get me wrong, it's still really good, but just temper your expectations a little: if you get a ridiculously raving review, it's probably referring to the Hop Kee's heyday.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/16/2005
When we lived in New York several moons ago, Hop Kee was almost always on the top of the list when it came to Chinatown culinary visits. A must stop when we visit NYC. Some highly recommended dishes include Pan Fried Flounder, Salt Baked Squid, Roast Pork Chow Fun, Roast Duck Wonton (or noodle) Soup, and Beef in Black Bean Sauce.
Posted by leadkane on 05/03/2005
I would crawl from 13th St. for some spicy beef chow fun and salted pork chops! People in China don't have it this good! I Know. Plus Hue could be the world's greatest waiter. I tell ya it doesn't get better than this.
Posted by Miss Moe on 02/06/2005
Hop kee is a regular visit each time we travel into the city. My husbands family has been going here since the moved to the states in the mid 80's. I love the atmosphere - I feel like I've stumbled upon a well kept secret when I go down those stairs. The cantonese style crabs, snails in black bean and lychee duck are the MUST haves. I just tried the fried oysters this week - and as everything else, they were amazing! I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in the food, not apperances!