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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.
Posted by Ernest M. Skinner on 01/15/2007
A legend since 1938, plenty of cops eat here, and the survival rate is high. Huge dishes, that actually come out of the kitchen really hot, are moderately tasty, and one cannot beat the prices. The steamed dumplings are great (much tastier and healthier than the fried ones). Best hot mustard in the city, and a rarity in Chinatown, since most restaurants refuse to serve fresh, hot mustard. Do NOT mistake this for the upstairs branch at 15 Mott -- there is no comparison. This is not a gourmet place, and doesn't pretend to be. Pet peeve: no lunch specials, so I always end up someplace else for lunch. I guess they don't need the extra business.
Posted by floridagirl on 12/29/2006
We had a fantastic dining experience here. Best wonton soup I've ever had. Could have made a meal from it and the egg rolls. The family shared 3 dishes and they were all superb. Well worth our wait in the cold (for us from Florida, any temperature below 60 degrees is cold!) Look forward to another visit the next time we are in NYC.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/11/2006
Introduced to it by my dad, he used to go here for lunch from work. My best friend's hubby likes it too; it was mentioned in Miss Congeniality and Everybody Loves Raymond, so obviously lots of NY screenwriters know & love it too. When I bring out of towners to NYC I try to take them here. The 'ambience' is not good, but the food is and for a good price. The basement room is scary, I prefer the upstairs. I miss this kind of Chinese food here in CA.
Posted by a chinatown resident on 12/03/2006
The type of chinese food that is catered to anything BUT the chinese or chinese-american crowd. why this place is famous or popular is beyond me. cheap maybe, but so is everything in chinatown. And you can get much better food at other places for the same price.
Posted by love it on 11/09/2006
The pan fried dumplings and the beef noodle and tomato is to die for... best chinese food in all of NY hands down, especially at 4a.m
Posted by Mike - Bronx, NY to Boulder, CO on 11/04/2006
Reminds me of the neighborhood Chinese food from the sixties...Cantonese-style-the best of it's kind in NYC...fabulous value for families. Shrimp Chow Fun for $4.75, all the specialties are great and huge. MUST leave the car somewhere north.