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Posted by Food expert on 03/15/2015
This place probably survives because of its strategic location (1 block from Grand Central). It is however not worth the effort. Service leaves much to be desired - unless you fight your way to get the counter's attention, they will likely ignore you or give preference to those who push in front of you. The food itself is not that great either - the menu is too vast, and they would do better to focus on a fewer but more realistic and manageable spread.
Posted by Joe Petino on 08/08/2014
Dingy, dark and dirty if you want to eat in. If you get there right after they finish serving the pre-cooked meals they'll serve you the leftovers. They are getting it from the back somewhere and miraculously come with your meal in a quick minute if you order what was pre-cooked like spare ribs w. white rice. Overall their fresh cooked food is rather bland compared to other chinese restaurants.
Posted by John on 01/19/2012
I usually get their soup noodles and they are not bad. Tried the chicken and Shrimp combo today, shrimp was not fresh. Don't recommend their pre-cooked dishes. Sauce was too thick.
Posted by l on 06/30/2011
Food wasn't bad. Didn't like the spring roll - too dry. No choice of sauce/pepper.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/19/2011
When I want something like sweet & sour or General Tso's I usually go elsewhere and pay a couple dollars more for better quality. But for quick inexpensive authentic Chinatown-style this place is a great option to have.
Posted by Ben on 10/06/2010
Not many eateries outside of Chinatown showcase roast meats hanging in a window, and that was the first tip off for me to take a closer look. Even if you're in a hurry, don't let the line for steam tray fried rice and egg rolls divert you from the second line for the rest of the menu. Because as far as Cantonese-style roast meats go, Hop Won might very well be able to hold their own were they located on Mott St. Under $7, lunch is an excellent deal particularly given the large portions. I’ve made a second meal on more than a few occasions, and for those who are so inclined, the staff is perfectly capable of accepting orders in Chinese. For those times I’m not in the mood for any of the plethora of Japanese eateries nearby, Hop Won is a more-than-welcome addition to my lunch lineup.
Posted by GRG on 05/05/2009
Used this web site to find an affordable, decent restaurant close to my hotel. Made the short walk down the street with great anticipation of the meal to come. It was still early and only 2 customers were in the dining room. The counter help was busy writing something down, she knew I was there as she acknowledged my greeting. I patiently waited for her to take my order...and waited...and waited. When she finally asked what I wanted, I felt like I was an inconvenience to her. It went downhill from there and I ended up letting my money do my talking and took my business elsewhere. What a disappointment!