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Posted by LC on 07/16/2009
I was there on 7/09. My hot and sour soup was sweet--didn't like it like that. Lo mein's were so-so, fried rice too. Sesame chicken with broccoli WAS very good, a very large portion. Soup, rice, egg rolls all have to be ordered as extras. Wor shu duck (crispy duck) was dried up and fatty, no plum sauce, just brown sauce over lettuce. So that is my report. I guess it just depends on what you get. My guess is the higher priced specialties (like the sesame chicken) are probably the better choices. The place was crowded with a standing line (on a Tuesday nite!) but only 1 oriental customer noted.
Posted by Ch'ien-lung on 05/18/2009
From a strictly preparation and presentation point of view a rare find in a Chinatown restaurant at the price. Since I love old-fashioned lack of pretentiousness this place ranks higher than most would put it for atmosphere. Formica tables, walls plastered with police insignia and photos of grateful patrons. Judge by the lines the loyalty of us old patrons. Very fine ribs. Easily the best blend of aromas and flavors in the hot & sour soup. The salt & pepper fried squid with green and red pepper, both scallions and onions is superb. Do not, I repeat, do not confuse it with the place of the same name directly upstairs to the south!
Posted by Mvalvarez on 04/21/2009
the service was great, food was great..keep in mind most dishes are served family style..totally worth the wait and i would go back in a heartbeat!
Posted by Pam from Chicago on 02/18/2009
The last time I was at Wo Hop (embarassing to say) was back in the day, the Fall of 1974, maybe a bit later. I haven't had the opportunity to get back there even when I've returned to NYC, but I must say I had one of the best times and tastiest Chinese, albeit a bit greasy, meals of my life. I was with some very special friends and met some crazy people there. We had been out dancing our butts off at clubs like the Better Days and The Bonsoir, or the Nickel Bar and ended up downtown at Wo Hop. Ahhh, what memories. All I need now is to see a Crazy Eddie commercial and I'll be ok..... :)
Posted by Anonymous on 02/15/2009
I am a out of town cop and I also say it is the best food in chinatown. Good food, good service, great value. ( I think most of the bad reviews may be from folks that ate at the upstairs Wo Hop) Go down stairs and have a good meal and great time with the rest of us.
Posted by Luly on 02/11/2009
I have been going to Wo Hop since 1983 and I have never been disappointed with the food or the service! The atmosphere is very unique - I love that they have not given into all the fame by re-doing the place or increasing prices - Great quality food, generous portions at great prices! Avoid the upstairs restaurant! The basement level is the best!!!
Posted by mcprimate on 01/14/2009
Sounds to me like trustinjustin went to the wrong wo hop. The wo hop that everyone is raving about is one that is in a basement. You have to go DOWNSTAIRS from the street to get in. There is another wo hop that is next to the real wo hop which is a street level restaurant, that place should be avoided. All that I can say is that wo hop has great simple food for a great price. Well worth checking out.