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Posted by UWS DJ on 02/09/2008
Ive been hearing about this place's buzz for a while now...I know about the FREE WINE for in dining, it must be to distract people from the zero taste...I ordered Chicken w Walnuts, Steamed shrimp dumps, and the "famous" pork ones. The Chicken dish had no taste and was so diced it didnt look like real meat. The Shrimp dumplings had a weird taste... so I threw 'em out, and the "famous" dumps were slimy, spicy (probably to give it some taste), n swimming in fatty sesame sauce. The only positive thing was that they were fast delivery, and the old school container for rice...
Posted by UWS_Foodie on 12/19/2007
Asked for house mustard and the lady gave me an attitude. So I asked her if she likes the chinese mustard in the packets. Food had way too much oil and no taste. Hot & Sour soup was neither hot, nor sour. Pork Lo Mein had a ton of oil. Beef Szechuan style was more like carrots and brown sauce (with no taste). Vegetable Roll was like a grease sponge. Yes, it's cheap, but who cares about cheap when the food is bad? You'll be better off going elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/30/2007
The food is pretty good. It's not great, but it's good. And it's very very reasonably priced. And then to top it off there is free white wine. Sure it comes from a box and is pretty bad, but it's free. I wouldn't frequent this place, but if you want good food and a fun and inexpensive night then this is your place.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2007
Posted by Brian on 07/27/2007
I see a lot of negative reviews from people here after reading the positive reviews. I think people are thinking that this is really an upscale restaurant....it's not. It's basically your local Chinese food joint, but it has a nicer atmosphere, the food is better than most take out places and they give you free wine. Did I mention they give you free wine? For the people who did take out, you might as well ordered from any Chinese restaurant. IT will be slightly cheaper and slighly more bland. If you are going ot eat in you get a good value of a good meal and again...FREE WINE.
Posted by EaterUWS on 07/18/2007
Based on all the positive reviews posted here, I gave Cottage a try. We ordered General Ching's chicken, double-sauteed pork, Szechuan pork dumplings, broccoli with garlic sauce, and chicken-corn soup for two. The chicken entree was actually not bad. Very crispy, and with a tasty sauce, although the portion size was small (for all other dishes as well). The double-cooked pork, which should be a very flavorful dish, was very bland. The Szechuan pork dumplings that everyone raves about on this board were pretty disappointing. They're basically a bunch of sloppily assembled, tiny morsels drenched in a thick, bland, peanut sauce. The broccoli with garlic sauce was good, but SWIMMING in oil. And we had requested minimal oil!! The chicken-corn soup was below-average, but edible. Needless to say, we won't be back. FYI, our order was takeout.
Posted by Emily S. on 07/13/2007
I live down the street and really wanted this to be good. I've eaten the food twice now, once in the restaurant, once delivery. I cannot figure out what all of these people are raving about. It's completely greasy and tasteless. I work near Chinatown and maybe I've gotten spoiled, but this doesn't event taste like good American-Chinese food to me. The beef in the beef with broccoli tastes like bland pot roast, the wontons in hot oil came doused in a peanut sauce, Even the pork buns were bad. Also, the place looks slightly dingy to me. I feel a little mean posting this review, as I have nothing against this business, I'm just truly mystified by all of the positive feedback,