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Posted by LisaDawn on 06/29/2010
I first tried Ollie's when it opened on 44th & Broadway around 1993. It was my favorite, yes, above Shun Lee Palace but they moved and it went downhill and is nasty now. The Bway/67th Street location continues to have excellent food. Veggie Fried Rice actually tasted like that old school fried rice and not steamed rice. I arrived witha friend after a show on 6/25/10, latenight. There were only about 6 groups of people eating. They told us upon entry that they were closing in 20min. They graciously approved my request to substitute shrimp for chicken w/scallions & ginger. Our food came quick and they politely asked if we needed anything else cuz the kitchen was closing. They were kind to us and we did not feel rushed. They changed into street clothes and held their knapsacks, patiently and quietly waiting for us & another group to finish eating. They did not mop or vaccum while we were there, a plus! They said goodnight with a wave & smile and we left. We spent about $25 each, which was good. I'm willing to take the 1hr+ drive from Brooklyn anytime.
Posted by Brian on 06/13/2010
Good food, but the people who work there seem to rather die than take your order.
Posted by Tool from Mass on 06/08/2010
Live nearby so I occasionally make it in here. setting is pretty nice. They have two floors and usually seating is available. Food comes pretty quickly and tastes pretty decent. Love the lomien, chicken. Service a bit rude, but what do you expect at a chinese food restaurant. They at least make an effort to hide the fact that they dont like you. Overall pretty good, fast and enjoyable. Prices are bit on the steep side, but you in UWS. Bling Bling.
Posted by Sarah B. on 06/01/2010
Ollie's used to be great and I've been to a few of them but I primarily order take-out from 68th & Broadway. The food has definitely gone downhill overall, but their mainstays are still really good - dumplings, noodles, fried rice, soup, ribs and you'll be fine. The rest of their entrees are still pretty good but these days you'll get more filler than substance. (ie, eight thousand veggies or peanuts and not a ton of meat). I will advise you to stay away from the General Tso's Shrimp. They pound it thin and fry it to death. It's just nasty. And I've never ordered a whole fish and never would. I still dig their moo shu. Going there is a last resort if you're catching a movie and don't have much time. They're busy and not terribly polite. The price is right, especially when you do get the good dishes. Just manage your expectations and you'll be fine. It's usually worth it.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/16/2010
Best Chinese north of Chinatown.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/24/2010
I've been ordering from the Ollie's at 84th for years, and since its demise have ordered from this Ollie's a couple times, both times with disastrous results. Food from 84th was never spectacular, but ok (and fast) -- however, tonight I tossed out $50 worth of "food" that was bland and greasy (including a "spicy" dish of chicken and peanuts that had no taste at all). On top of that, delivery took 58 minutes. Ollie baby, it's over.
Posted by UWS Gastronome on 01/11/2010
The food is consistently decent, especially by uptown standards, even if it doesn't quite compare to Chinatown. The real problem is with the service. First, if you want any adjustment to a dish for any reason, dietary or otherwise, be prepared for an automatic refusal, prolonged negotiations, and probably disappointment before they finally get it right. It's even worse when it's a carry-out or delivery order, since you'll have to put up with endless holds while the order taker confers with a manager. Due to a food allergy, I have to ask that certain ingredients be omitted from my dishes. Yet, every other time I order, it takes major negotiations to get them to agree to omit the problematic ingredients. Then they forget to tell the cook, so I have to send the dish back. Second, the hostesses are the rudest of any I've encountered in New York. I've run into less attitude at Michelin-rated restaurants. The owner seems to employ teenage relatives to perform this function and resentment of these princesses at being made to work part-time is taken out on hapless customers. Last week one young lady was yapping with a friend on her mobile phone and got angry that I interrupted her to request a table, even snapping, "Can't you see I'm on the phone?" Third, because they do such a high volume -- Lincoln Center is only two blocks away -- the waiters are clearly under instructions to rush you out the door. In my book, a check should not arrive shortly after one gets his or her meal. One time, because of a mess up with my order, the check for the table arrived before I even got my food! All that being said, once they get the order straight, the food is consistent with quality fresh ingredients.