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Phoenix Garden

Authentic Cantonese Cuisine
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  • Chinese
  • 242 E 40th St, New York NY10016 40.748661 -73.973885
  • (Btwn 2nd & 3rd Ave)
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  • (212) 983-6666
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User Ratings (Based on 49 reviews)

Food 4.0 Value 3.5
Service 2.6 Atmosphere 2.5

Other Restaurant Info

(212) 983-6666
(212) 983-6667
Place Order:
Order From Phoenix Garden for delivery & takeout
Cash Only
Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm Sat-Sun: 12pm-10pm
BYOB, Catering, Delivery, Lunch, Lunch Special, Online Ordering, Private Parties, Take Out

User Reviews

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by b power on 08/24/2005

    Best cantonese in town

    It has been my privilege to be a customer for 25 years. The quality of their food and their hospiality has kept me a loyal customer. I bring all family and friends from out of town here to experience this wonderful restaurant. The menu has too many items that are superb to mention here.

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2005


    The Best Chinese Food in New York City. Unbelievable service with the nicest waiters and waitresses.

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by Seasoned diner on 03/30/2005

    Good food, intrusive service, high price

    Food is worthy of trying, but the service is way too much in your face with the parade of bus boys and waiters standing right next to you all the time ready to "clean" and shuffle the guests, and the waiters promote their "high margin" dishes way too much, come off as snotty to our dining group. The price is high for the type of food they serve, so value points are diminished.

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by Foodie! on 03/16/2005

    Strictly for Foodie Purists!

    My three guests and I ventured in last week and were booming with customers. We were served Pepper and Salty Shrimp (their signature dish with a majestic blend of fesh garlic slices, pepper, salt and shredded fresh scallions). Next, we were served huges oysters steamed in Black Bean Sauce. Our next dish was Minced Fillet of Squab in Lettuce Leaf Cups with Plum Sauce. As we were munching, we saw a parade of steamed fishes, dungeness crabs, lobsters and other courses being served for a private party upstairs. We had no choice but to ask the waiter for a whole steam fish. He suggested we have the Steamed Flounder with Ginger and Scallions. We heeded his suggestion. The waiter told us to "scoop the flounder meat out and eat it like ice-cream." We immediately did and it melted in our mouths. Delicious! Next we were served lobster sauteed with ginger and scallions. The lobster meat popped in our mouths. The waiter then came by to educate us about how their crustaceans are always served in the shell so customers know they are fresh and live just prior to cooking. "Any place that serves it out of the shell is frozen......If it's frozen the meat will stick to the shell." This I will never forget. As one of my guest was partial to vegetables. We were served their seasonal vegetables...Young Leaves of Sno Peas and Baby Bok Choy. Fresh, Aromatic with varying textures. We loved them both. This restaurant knows how to indulge their guests with excellent Cantonese cuisine. The service was also excellent. The staff knew when to change our plate so the flavors of each dish wouldn't mix. They were unobtrusive and very accomodating. In brief, this place is the BOMB!

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by BEST HK CANTONESE IN NYC on 03/09/2005

    Best HK Cantonese in NYC

    If you've never been to Phoenix Garden you're in for a real treat. This restaurant has been serving up the freshest HK Style Cantonese for over 30 years. Most notable are their signature Pepper & Salty Shrimp, Squab, Seafood and Steamed whole fresh fishes and Crustaceans. Please also take note of their Seasonal Specialties such as Young Leaves of Snow Peas and Fillet of Chilean Sea Bass with Young Chives. Phoenix Garden is in its second generation of management who have a flare for modernity but adhere to custom and tradition. In this age of trendy schizophrenic Pan-Asian Fusion cuisine, Phoenix Garden has stuck to it's roots in pure HK Cantonese culinary delights. Though the menu may be voluminous, leave the order up to the staff as they will never breach your confidence.

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by Lunchie on 01/13/2005

    Bad Experience

    After ordering my dish for lunch, the waiter very casually asked me if I'd like noodles or fried rice with my dish, so I chose the latter. The waiter gave me the impression that these were choices that come with the dish; I mean how can you have chinese without rice? But when the bill came they slammed me with a straight $7 bucks for the fried rice alone. I paid but left very disappointed. Money wasn't the issue, I felt fooled and cheated. This is definitely not a way to gain a customer and I'm not going back at all.

  • Phoenix Garden

    Posted by TC :) on 01/12/2005

    Cantonese Chinese girl says...

    Food is excellent & is authentic Cantonese cuisine! In fact, I told the owner that their problem areas are in rude service, basement atmosphere, & high prices. Please, for the love of your regular customers, do something! There's plenty other Chinese places & though they do not have the impeccable food you serve, they balance out in all categories. My suggestion to you to attract more customers is to lower your prices; Add some Lunch Specials! Start with that & work on coaching your waitstaff & then spend some money sprucing up your decor. We Chinese know that it shouldn't be that expensive. I do live right around the corner & am watching for some improvements to give me a reason to come back in as a regular.

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