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Posted by b power on 08/24/2005
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/29/2005
The Best Chinese Food in New York City. Unbelievable service with the nicest waiters and waitresses.
Posted by Seasoned diner on 03/30/2005
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.
Posted by Foodie! on 03/16/2005
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!
Posted by BEST HK CANTONESE IN NYC on 03/09/2005
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.
Posted by Lunchie on 01/13/2005
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.
Posted by TC :) on 01/12/2005
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.