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Posted by Katherine on 12/03/2010
I have been going to New Green Bo (the name is Nice Green Bo now but it'll always be New Green Bo to me) for 9 years now, so you can believe me when I say the food is amazing. That, however, is where the rave reviews end. The waiter service is abysmal (when you ask them for something they look at you almost as though they were saying What do I look like to you? A waiter?) and the restaurant is small and cramp. Often they will seat you "family style", which could be a good thing if you're chatty and are eating with nice people, but most of the time it's just awkward and all parties at the table look annoyed b/c really, who wants to eat with a bunch of strangers? Also, every time I go I'm given the check after 15 minutes, and yes, they will start cleaning off the table while you're eating. You don't have to be rude first for the servers at New Green Bo to be rude to you, you just have to be there. The waiters aren't necessarily mean, but yes as the other reviewer said, they can be gruff, and yes they can be rude. But the food... it keeps me coming back every time. EVERY time. AND the prices. 5 dollars is basically the average price for any dish. So go if you want great food! Expect lousy service. If you take friends, warn them about the atmosphere to save yourself embarassment and questioning looks.
Posted by Emily on 11/27/2010
I love Chinese food, and I've been living in New York for about four years now. Nice Green Bo is the best I've found! I actually have cravings for their soup dumplings, but everything on their menu that I've had is great. The staff is really nice too- they can be gruff, but if you are friendly with them, they are awesome. I've gotten into long conversations with some of them. One of my friends speaks Chinese, and she talked to one waiter for a half an hour! I don't know what the people who said they were rude were talking about. They were probably rude first. Go here. It's wonderful. Only a 4 on atmosphere though, because it looks like a dental office.
Posted by Azncyclist on 09/06/2010
What I witnessed was absolutely shocking at this resturant. First the waitor was on his cell phone when he took our order. He managed to get the order right. When our came in, he slammed on our table. My wife and I looked at each other in disbelief. Then they rushed us to leave by handing us the check and cleaning off our table. He have not ate for more than 15 minutes. I was "feed up" with their service and decided to leave. We tipped 15% of our total meal, but the waitor tried to embrassed me and asked me "this is tip?" I replied, "yes." He told me it was not enough. I turned to wife and tell her to throw extra cash on the table and that I will never come back. No wonder why they changed their name from "New Green Bo" to "Nice Green Bo." It was nothing nice about this establishment. Their only concern is the green in your wallet! Boo to the (not so nice) Green Bo.
Posted by Foodie on 07/07/2010
The food is excellent, especially the pork soup dumplings, eggplant over rice, and fish head casserole, but their service is extremely poor. The waiters are very rude and poorly mannered. They bark at customers if they ask for something extra.
Posted by NY Foodie on 09/01/2009
I love soup dumlpings. So much so my financee's pet name for me was "dumplin'." That said, I will never return to this establishment. The food here, dumplings included, is decent but better at any one of the dozens of eateries down the street. What cannot be forgiven is the rude service. Terse even on the best days, I went after court one day alone and they refused to seat me. Though I eat for 2 (I love dumplings that much) they refused to seat me beause I would be dining alone. I will go to Amazing 66 one block over where the food and service are far superior.
Posted by acemacg on 07/23/2009
Most reviews admit that you "expect" the service in Chinatown to be less than stellar, and the same is true of New/Nice Green Bo. That being said, I will take terse, quasi-rude but admittedly efficient service in exchange for the almost always delicious and eternally inexpensive food any day. Yes, it's a dive; yes, it's crowded; yes, the servers border on rude. HOWEVER, the scallion pancakes are something to daydream about. The pork dumplings, chicken mei fun, pan fried noodles with vegetables and pork fried rice are excellent! Occasionally you order something not so wonderful, but that happens everywhere. But to get 6 people in and out the door stuffed and happy for under $40 is unheard of and for that, I will go back again and again, Nice, New, whatever they want to call it.
Posted by Good Food Expert on 05/24/2009
I grew up eating Chinese food in the midwest and find that most NYC establishments are so greasy that they're nearly inedible. New Green Bo is the best spot I've been able to find in in the 4 yrs I've been here. The egg drop sound is incredible and the scallion pancakes dipped in sauce are a close second. As for main dishes, the white meat general tsao and sesame chicken are good classics (the broccoli is blanches to perfection) and the mixed meat & seafood w/ brown sauce over crispy noodles is awesome. Come prepared to sit w/ other people if it's busy, which is quite fun.