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Posted by Louie on 04/11/2013
Don't listen to ANY negative review of this place... I live in the neighborhood, and have eaten here a dozen times... it's EXCELLENT. - You can tell a good Chinese restaurant by the basics, and this restaurant's soups, cold sesame noodle (the BEST), and basic chicken dishes are always fresh and delicious. This is an EXCELLENT Chinese restaurant.
Posted by notzagat on 02/15/2013
Ordered orange beef ($13.95) which was among best we’ve ever had. Amazingly crispy, pure light (not cloying, not drippy) burned on orange glaze, pretty presentation, tender fresh beef and good sized portion. Note brown rice is 50 cents extra but it is not your usual brown rice; we weren’t asked if we wanted tea. Also ordered salt n pepper squid ($13.95) which was probably the best we’ve ever had. Lightly fried, super crispy, no loose breading, very tasty, fresh and snappy squid, broccoli and carrot florid presentation, fair sized portion—only thing that kept it from being best ever was it being way too salty—yes, even for salt n pepper squid. Added lunch special ($6.95 and served til 5 pm!) of broccoli in garlic sauce which turned into eggplant; since we love eggplant we ate the mistake that was graciously acknowledged. It was OK—less greasy than most, but also not as tasty as most versions. Fresh eggplant, enough of it. Came with rice, spring or egg roll (OK spring roll) and choice of soup or soda. Hot n sour soup was excellent. Freshly made, nice brown color (not dark nor too light brown—this is not being too picky, A light color suggests the “chef” simply added excess water to make more soup—it shows up in the texture and taste. A dark color might mean less expert chef mixing in too much stock and/or soy sauce ), not watery, not gloppy. Not too spicy. Flavoring was just right and texture was smooth due to proper proportion of corn starch and water and stock—see if you can find all these elements this In your quickie take out joint’s version. We ditched the not so fresh chow mein noodles (and duck sauce) laid out at the outset, and even if fresh, adding them would’ve spoiled a well prepared soup. Tables set apart so roomy enough; but not conducive for large parties (we experienced this previously, being seated next to a large party.) Terrific service—water constantly refilled (over 5 times) and we were always asked if we needed anything. More than worth the $45 with tax, tip and doggie bag. Must try other dishes.
Posted by Harry on 11/07/2012
I live on E.77th and York Ave. I would Order from here all the time in the past. The Food used to be delicious, I guess this place was sold off or they switched chefs because the food was just awful! The only good thing I had was the crab rangoon which was surprisingly good compared to the rest of the meal. We ordered an egg roll which was stale tasting. Chow fun was mediocre at best with little flavor. For our last dish we ordered a make,your own bowl with chicken, eggplant, snow peas, and. String beans with garlic sauce. The chicken was plane tasting boiled and flavorless, the eggplant was recognizable by its barely purple color, it too was flavorless, snow peas ok and string beans flavorless. Would definitely not order from here again. Sorry but this place has changed for the worse.
Posted by PWC on 04/27/2012
The best Jerry-the best! We've never been there so I cannot comment on the atmosphere but the phone service is always pleasant and delivery is lickety split Get the chicken with mixed veggies and brown rice along with steamed veggie dumplings with a side of peanut sauce and you will not be disappointed.
Posted by UpperEastGal on 01/23/2012
This is as good as it gets as far as Chinese food north of Chinatown. The food is consistent, fairly priced *(for the hood) and service is friendly but not instrusive. Granted, it is slightly "Americanized" given their location (coming from an Asian ; ) -- but if you know what to order you can navigate around to the authentic dishes: shrimp and lobster sauce; ten ingredient fried rice; mai fun and spicy beef in orange sauce is spot on. I am here at least once a week -- it is my "Chinese kitchen" in the hood!
Posted by Guy That Can't Cook! on 11/08/2011
This is probably the best Chinese restaurant on the upper east side! I used to live right around the corner, 74th and York, and got takeout at least 3-4 times per week. They have the best kung pao chicken and general tsao's chicken. Vegetable rolls and hot and sour soup are terrific too! Also used to eat their curry chicken with rice. Singapore noodles were good too. I guess the chef is pretty versatile. :) A previous commenter said that the prices were high. The prices I saw seem on par with the rest of the area to me, given that all the businesses in the area are struggling to make ends meet with the economy and people not eating out as much. I went back for the first time today (since I moved away), the food still tastes great and it's still the same as I remember, close knit restaurant that's good for families I'll always keep coming back to this place whenever I am in NYC because it's not just the food, but also the people that run it and my memories I have of the place
Posted by Anonymous on 10/23/2011
My lunch special cost a little over $8. That's a lot for a lunch special. At what point can you no longer include the word, "special" in the name -- it's not a deal at over $8. The next problem was that I received very little chicken but plenty of vegetables. So, I basically paid $8 for a lot of rice, a lot of vegetables, a little bit of diced chicken, an eggroll, and wonton soup with 3 little wontons in it.