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Posted by Midtown Eater on 12/09/2007
There are some excellent regional chinese restaurants in the city (sichuan, cantonese, Shanghainese, etc), and I have seen people complain in the reviews that they didn't like (insert random Chinese-American dish here). It says more about the person than the restaurant if the sesame chicken or the dumplings at a Sichuan place are lacking, or if the chicken with garlic sauce at a Cantonese joint isn't any good. But for these uneducated souls, I present to you Our Place. Our place has a Shanghainese bent, and you can get some very good Shanghainese stuff here. However, there are no better places in the city (I think the food is on par with Shun Lee) to get absolutely superb renderings of the kinds of things that normally appear on basic Chinese take-out restaurants. It's a great business model: do the regional stuff well, but also be superlative at the dishes that most of the customers (it's in midtown) are going to be familiar with. So get your chicken with garlic sauce. Revel in hunan-style anything. Go for the grand marnier shrimp. Bring on the deep fried. The meat quality is superlative, and the sauces frequently are bold, robust and slightly sweet -- perfect for the Americanized taste. Nice bonuses: the service is really good and the place is clean and attractive inside. Chinese people might grouse that it's not authentic enough and too high-priced than what they're used to, but that's not really the point, in my opinion. The point is that here is a place where you can order something you know well, and can count on getting a great version of it. And if you want to experiment with something more exotic, they've got that too.
Posted by FilipinoGuy on 09/25/2007
I always avoided this place because of all the $$ signs thinking it'd be too expensive for lunch. Lo and behold, they have a lunch special and it is by far the most generous special in the neighborhood. You get a giant portion of your entree with 2 dumplings and a small serving of rice along with fried wonton skins and a selection of dipping sauces. The food is light years better than the competition (I've been to every Chinese restaurant in the E 50s except Shun Lee). It's not greasy, very well seasoned and cooked to order. Now if I want my extra-spicy, sugar-free, reduced sodium garlic pork, I know exactly where to go!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/16/2007
The service was excellent, very attentive. The food is definitely not like your usual take-out. They have authentic regional Shanghai dishes along with your more mainstream Chinese dishes. The atmosphere is nice and relaxed - not stuffy at all which is surprising for its east side location.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2007
Food is excellent and well prepared. Sauces are light, but tasty. For some reason, food eaten in was less flavorful. Preferences could not be accompanied in the restuarant as they can over the phone. Regardless, food is still some of the best.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/04/2007
My office has ordered food from here at least 2 times a week for the past 2 years. I have tried pretty much everything on the menu and have to say there was never anything that was 'just okay'. I have eaten in the restaurant once and found it to be pleasant as well.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/06/2006
Great Chinese food... the best I've had in a long while. Service is excellent as well! Prices are a little high, but totally worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/31/2006
I have been here on several occasions and I always found the service to be very good. And the food to be not only authentic but delicious. In addition, I have always received chopsticks with my meal and found the entire experience to be great!