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Nice Green Bo (fka New Green Bo)
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.
Posted by Kads on 05/12/2009
I've eaten at NGB perhaps 40 times. The two dishes Mr. Shane calls inedible are two of my favorites - Braised Pork Shoulder and Rice Cake Noodle with Pork and Cabbage. Pork Shoulder is a big messy dish. It has fat in it. It is cooked over low heat for a long time. It is delicious. Rice Cake Noodle with Pork and Cabbage is pure comfort food - among the best $5 dishes in NYC. I love this place. If you like great simple food you will to.
Posted by Shane on 03/07/2009
My girlfriend and I are adventurous eaters and decided to give this place a try judging from how busy it was. We ordered the pork shoulder in brown sauce, crispy duck, and rice cakes with pork. The food came out in about 5 minutes. First the pork shoulder, it was a luke warm very fatty gelotinous lump of meat bathed in a brown gravy-like sauce. Second the crispy duck, this was supposed to be half of a duck but somehow had two legs. It was cold, old and tasted like it had been cured in salt for a year. Last but far from least was the rice cakes with pork. I will eat anything but was not willing to give this one a go. But my poor girlfriend went for it and was immediatly repulsed,. One, two, three strikes can we please have the check? We left the ammount specified on the bill with no tip. It was the second or third time in my life I had to do so. The waitress grabbed and counted the money before we were able to stand and informed us of the fact that "the tip was not included" and we told her we understood. She became angry, stormed up to a male worker at the front where I was forced to confront both of them with the fact that their food was inedible.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2008
Just went to Green Bo last night with some friends to try it out for the first time. I was really impressed by the food! My grandmother is from Shanghai and used to cook us amazing regional cuisine and Green Bo's food was pretty darn close (Grandma's food always wins). We ordered the regular soup dumplings, the yellow fish with dried seaweed, the "lion's head" (pork) meatballs and sauteed snow pea leaves. Everything was delicious. Maybe they've changed the wait staff since the last review...because I found them to be just as attentive as at any other place in Chinatown. Our waiter filled my water glass at least four times during the meal (usually lucky if I can get a waiter to fill my glass more than once!). All in, the total for our meal with tip came out to be 18 bucks each, with leftovers to spare. I'm already craving their food again...
Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2008
My advice is to just get their soup dumplings and then get out of there.
Posted by JasonABBA on 11/09/2008
I use to love this place. My family has been eating there for at least 5+ years. My last experience was miserable. I will say the food usually is fast an excellent. This time the dish that typically took 30 minutes to come out (peking duck) was the first to come out. The other dishes, chicken and broccoli and broccoli and garlic sauce came out later. As the waiter started to prepare the peking duck wraps at the table he knocked a can of soda onto my wife. As those at the table were scrambling for napkins, he continued to prepare the meal. I asked him to stop and get a towel and napkins. Instead of stopping, he continued to prepare the duck wraps and yelled to someone else to get them, they came back with 4 napkins. He never replaced the soda. The rest of the food came and was subpar compared to where is has been in the past. It has gone down hill over the years. At the end of the meal the bill was $70, in the past we had never had a bill more then $50 and we order the same food. We asked for an explaination and wasn't given one. They billed us for the soda as well. We did not tipped well because of the extremely poor service. As we were outside the waiter came out and yelled at us for the lack of tip. Poor food, poorer service. I would not recommend this place.
Posted by armsctrl on 10/25/2008
I have been a regular customer at this restaurant, going maybe once or twice a month with friends. The staff was always very terse but always got the orders right and the food is decent so I never complained. But when I recently moved to the Chinatown area and walked in to order take out, the head waiter dismissed me and said they were closed, when they clearly were not closed (people were waiting to get in I arrived at 9:30PM, 2.5 hours prior to closing). I didn't think much of it, until the second night I went to take out and the same waiter waved to me and said they weren't taking orders and that the kitchen was closing (again, I showed up around 9PM, when they were opened for another few hours). The staff is extremely rude and never gave me a reason for not taking my orders. I recommend calling ahead and blocking the number if you're on their 'blacklist'. I am still unsure why I have been blacklisted by the head waiter. I always tip at least 20% and am very courteous. Has anyone else had a similar experience?