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Posted by Eytan on 11/15/2011
Number 1 is #1 by far. None of the other places in the Heights come close. The steamed pork dumplings are amazing - huge with great texture, flavor, and sauce on the side. They're incredible. Some dishes are better than others, but everything is solid and they have great prices. Make sure to ask about the free sodas or egg roll. They throw in the sodas if you don't ask, but you might want a specific kind.
Posted by justhere on 09/12/2011
I have been ordering from No. 1 for about the last 9 months upon the recommendation of a friend. I've been consistently impressed with the quality of the food and the service. As for the "rude" owner: We live in NYC. People aren't always as polite as we would like them, so bring your sense of humor. I do know that the woman who answers the phone is very blunt and straightforward, but she does begin to recognize your voice and starts having conversation once you've ordered a number of times, and she remembers your order and is actually quite personable. I've been all over the world, and while this is not the greatest Chinese cuisine, it's definitely not sub-par, and more authentic than some of the others around, not to mention better vegetables. It is cheap Chinese food, BUT they are one of the only places around in the Heights that offer brown rice, and for no extra charge. Utensils aren't just thrown in the bag: they are in a wax paper bag along with soy and duck sauce... and even a fortune cookie! NONE of the other restaurants in the area do that on delivery. (This is not a dine-in type of place, though they do have limited seating.) Service is very fast on delivery. From the time I placed they order to the time the delivery man showed up at my apartment door 6 blocks away, it was exactly 12 minutes. This place is the gem of the area in terms of Chinese delivery. I occasionally order from other places which are closer, but mostly to spread around the business, but you really can't go wrong with this place.
Posted by Jdiva on 05/16/2011
Face facts: Good chinese food in the Heights is an oxymoronic phrase. However, some stores are better than others. No. 1 used to be that one. You could order delivery (my standard option), and it would arrive rather quickly (I live on 163rd), and the food was really quite good! A few weeks ago, I called and asked for delivery and the "owner" stated that they no longer deliver to me. I asked why and she said, "You are 20 blocks away! We don't come down there, now!" Then she hung up. I called back (of course) and another employee apologized profusely, stating that the "boss" wasn't very nice. I will not patronize this establishment again.
Posted by anonymous on 04/04/2011
Must have a new owner, as the food has gone down hill significantly . I thought that it was one time , but the food is not as good as it used to be
Posted by Kate on 03/27/2011
I thought chinese take-out was nearly impossible to ruin... until I moved to the Heights. After trying about 5 different places I've finally found this one, and I'm really happy with it. I've only had delivery from here, but the food arrives warm, fresh (as fresh as chinese is) and delicious. Would definitely recommend.
Posted by Morgan G on 11/08/2010
My roommate and I have lived in the heights for going on 3 years now, and we LOVE this chinese food restaurant. Actually, it's where we order 9 times out of 10 when we want delivery. The food is great, service is fast, and the price extremely reasonable. I highly recommend the egg drop soup! It's not creepy and gelatinous like some places. Yay No 1 Chinese Restaurant!
Posted by Angel C. on 04/01/2010
this restaurant is simply the best chinese food in the area. and the quality is great. it seems less greasy than in other places