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Posted by Aussie on 08/13/2009
I went to the Cottage a couple of years ago when I visited NY and absolutely LOVED it. I was there for about 10 nights and went to the Cottage 3 times. I highly recommend the Sweet and Sour Pork - it was absolutely delicious.
Posted by anonymous on 04/16/2009
Friends and I have been going to The Cottage for a number of years. I do not know what has happened to our special spot. Not long ago there were so many faces on any given night that you felt like you were always eating with friends. Food was good, service was good and the place cherry. In the last year or so I would say the prices have not changed, the place has recieved a make over(not that it really needed it) and the wine is still free but something is missing. The food is not what it use to be and neither is the service. The look at you when you are standing there waiting to see how long the wait itself will be, god forbid you want something as the toss your food on the table and run away. I miss our old spot and the people who like we I guess no longer seem to be there.
Posted by Produce on 02/20/2009
Have never received food any quicker than an order from the Cottage. But the Pad Thai tasted like licorice, and the spring rolls tasted like metal.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2009
Some of the dishes remain among the best you will find anywhere, especially the seafood dumplings. But the service has gone to hellin the last year, with surly punks who tell you where you must sit, even if other tables are available, and a middleaged woman who will over charge you everytime, if you don't count your change. Lastly, they are "filling" many of their dishes with carrots and celery. While I like carrots and celery, their flavors throw off chinese food. The service has become really bad.
Posted by Wulf Along the West Side on 11/22/2008
Fine-dining, it ain't. But nonetheless always good, it is. The food is solidly above-average, which, when you think about it, is a seriously high compliment given the countless number of Chinese restaurants in NYC. Go for the food, stay (but not too long) for the free white wine. (Alas, at some point in late 2007 or early 2008, The Cottage switched boxed white wines from the This-Is-Bad-But-Just-Give-Me-An-Ice-Cube to the GAWD AWFUL.) The decor's is...meh. There's worse among Chinese restaurant, but there's much better. At least it is, mercifully, not over-lit. However, the staff is friendly (yes, you read that correctly), and the value is exceptional. I highly recommend: *Steamed Red Bean Bun, *Szechuan Dumplings w. Hot Oil (14 dumplingstruly spicey peanut-y sauce *Beef w. Orange Flavor *Shredded Pork w. Black Bean Sauce (one of my absolute favs) *Sesame Chicken *Crispy Bean Curd w. Spinach *Chicken w. Broccoli (the broccoli's never been over-done I've had this dozens of times) *Bean Curd w. Brown Sauce. I have had almost every dish on their menu at least once. And there are only two that I would advise against: - Triple Delight - their Pad-Thai (it is, after all, not a Thai restaurant) They used to have a Lemon Chicken that was overpoweringly lemony. No good. Too sweet. Now...it's no longer on the menu. Give them credit for that, too! It means they got rid of something they weren't good at. That's more evidence that they're paying attention.
Posted by Nathan on 10/19/2008
I ordered 4 dishes dumplings (amazing) Chicken with peanuts(good) Singapore Mai Fun(great) and sesame cold noodles (average) and from 77th street to 68th street it took them 13 minutes to cook and bring the food to me. wow that was fast
Posted by Chris... of PrimeTime fame on 09/26/2008
With the Neighborhood having lost all of the old and great places that used to dot the upper sixties\lower seventies I am pleased that this place, always among my favorites and consistently decent and a good bye is still around. It is comforting that this place, here when I arrived in the early eighties, thrives. It stands, as one of very few places or people from those days, who like me, remain.