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Posted by choiseul on 07/22/2007
A power hike from Bleecker (west of 7th) via 6th. ave with short respites in Churchill Park on Downing Street, Tribeca Park at Walker and Beach and finally Columbus Park across from the Tombs brings me to Mosco Street. A short one block walk uphill and I'm practically at the 8 or so steps down to Wo Hop. Here though you may be nudged into a space cozy for a thin man (which I am not) you will find some of the best Chinese food south of Canal Street. I do not eat chow mein though I'm well within that generation but you will find the best of that and egg foo yong here. Go with the hot and sour soup which is pale and thick and piping hot both in temperature and flavor with the perfect blend of both elements. The spare ribs are superb and the pork with Chinese mushrooms is tender and savory and actually replete with big chunks of meaty, musky flavored mushrooms. You will not have to ask for more rice as the big bowl is a perfect complement to the copious platter of thin sliced pork in just the right amount of glistening brown sauce. Service is professional and on the cue. The atmosphere is redolent of an olden days Chinese restaurant with chrome napkin dispensers on the tables, clean wiped fiber glass topped tables and walls covered with photos of devoted fans. Strongly recommended.
Posted by King Willy on 07/05/2007
My first introduction to Wo Hop was on a cold winter night after a busy work day hauling fish to the Fulton Market. I have never been quite the same. I tell all of my friends to go there, I tell people I do not know to go there, and I tell people I do not like to eat upstairs.
Posted by Jew Hop on 06/29/2007
I have been coming to WO HOP 17 for 30 + years right now. I take responsibility for the crossing out of HANDS on the Employees Must Wash Hands sign and replaced it with Employees Must Wash @$$. What could I say this place rules. I love to go early morning before the 1:00 Sunday Yankee Games. I love to go on Xmas eve as well, most of my congregation is there that night. Ribs, Duck, Pork, Lo Mein, Clams in Bean Sauce, cold soda's (used to have NeDicks Orange drink back in the day) Throw down $6 and get a T-Shirt. Just tell them to stop penny pinching and turn on the damn A/C, sometimes they keep the joint a little on the warm side. Pictures adorning the wall, neat light fixtures. And yes they don't take credit cards nor do they have an ATM. At Wo Hops it's basically what you see is what you get. Service is great, the guys look the same from the late 1970's when I was introduced to Wo's as a young lad. I wanted to have my Bar Mitzvah at Wo Hop's but I couldn't guarantee Aunt Bubbie that the chefs at Wo's could whip her up some schmaltz herring. Let me know how it goes. Get down to Wo's.
Posted by nmslim on 06/04/2007
While on a trip to NYC, a friend of mine suggested this place and said the basement was the place to go.It was so good and tasty and the service was snappy. I recommend it to anyone.A true find in a city full of places to eat.
Posted by Kary on 02/04/2007
The only way anyone can have a bad review for Wo Hop is if they had mistakenly (understandably) eaten at the upstairs restaurant and not THE BASEMENT at 17 Mott St. We did this once thinking that they were the same but they are worlds apart. This basement location has no atmosphere that any culinary critic would even call satisfactory...but it is this atmosphere that makes it what it is...a truly memorable NYC landmark. I especially enjoy looking at the thousands of headshots and pictures on the walls of people whose only claim to fame is that they have eaten at Wo Hops. The food is outrageous...try the ribs...the wonton soup is to die for...noodles with shrimp and lobster sauce is heavenly...well to be truthful we have never had a bad dish! We lived in the boroughs and moved to NJ 20 years ago and are now an hour and a half drive (one way without traffic) but we still find it worthwhile to make the trip. In fact on numerous occasions we have called in an order to go and picked it up!!! Three hours door-to-door so we order 12-15 dishes and pig out for days. This is the ultimate in Chinese Food...just remember if you’re eating at Wo Hops and you can look out the window...you're not in the right place!
Posted by Ollie on 01/30/2007
No tree or decorations inside...just great food. We went on Christmas Eve, a party of six, as we always do. There was plenty of quality family time during our two-and-a-half hour wait, which was, for us, a new record. But, it was worth it. Great food and a great time. A side note: there was a party of 13 behind us. They were still waiting as we left.
Posted by Jay on 01/19/2007
I've been to Chinese restaurants in many parts of the country, and have to say this was the most overrated one ever. Good reviews here and a line out the door when we got there. Everyone said it's the place to go. One guy however walked by, looked at the line and said "what in the heck, that place isn't even very good..." He was right. Soup and crispy noodles were good, but the entrees were very subpar. I've had better cheap Chinese delivery. General Tso's was full of grisle and dark meat and the sauce had absolutely no flavor. Definitely wasn't worth the wait and did not live up to the hype. Perhaps if you like bland chinese food though, this might be your place.