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Posted by Sushi23 on 11/28/2006
XO has a lot of items that I don't usually see in normal chinese take out places in the city (probably the case for most restaurants in chinatown... but i have yet to try them all!) I ordered the abalone and clam congee, got a huge bowl for $6 (I think it is meant to serve 2 people). As an appetizer, I got the baked clams with cheese--they were really good! The only negative thing about this place was the service. After giving us the menus, the waitstaff didnt come back for a while to take our order even after closing the menu. They didnt look that busy either. Wouldn't recommend this place for a date or a special dinner though, the surroundings are kind of ratty, chairs have stuffing coming out of them. This is perfect for a quick meal.
Posted by Remy on 09/28/2006
I've always liked the idea of going to XO Kitchen late at night. That's when the normally busy crowd starts to dissipate and you can really sit down to enjoy some great food. Their menu offers a wide variety of foods with many western fusions. I recommend the baked casseroles which are rice/spaghetti in a cream sauce topped with cheese...yum!
Posted by Battery Park on 09/25/2006
I ate here last weekend with my wife and daughter and we had something we all liked (the squab), something my wife liked (chicken casserole in Chinese wine and Chinese herbs) which was "too Chinese" for me, something my daughter liked (fried dumplings) which I thought were too meaty, and something no one cared for (salt baked pork chop with egg and rice) which was only $3.95. Read the menu. I'm guessing it will take a dozen trips to this place before I know what I like most. In addition to an extensive list of food at various price points, there are desert items and a lot of beverage choices, plus an authentic Chinese breakfast special (warm soy milk, crullers wrapped in rice noodles, etc.) which you won't find on every block in Chinatown.
Posted by ink on 05/21/2006
i am a one day n.y.c visitor. i alway come back to xo kitchen. i have never been disappointed and i still love the food there. many good choices on the menu and a very very decent price!! very fast and decent service. if you are looking for a quick meal w/ a small price tag, xo kitchen is the place to go!!
Posted by wai on 03/27/2006
Growing up in Hong Kong, I constantly look for HK-style Cafes in NY. XO is one of the closest ones *in terms of the variety of selection on the menu*. You definitely have an advantage if you can read Chinese because they always have special dishes posted on the wall, sometimes written only in Chinese. They have exotic dishes like razor clams in black bean sauce and durian pancakes which you can't find on the menu. Each time after I've placed my order, I could discover something I wanna try next time by reading the menu on the wall. I personally like their pan-fried dumplings, fried rice wrapped in lotus leave, stir-fried turnip cake and coffee milk tea (yin yeung).
Posted by Anonymous on 03/20/2006
Great if you know what you want and are familiar with Asian; this place serves a wide array of dishes. 10% off from 3-5. Highly recommend any dumpling off the menu and the Ton Choy - Thai Style Hot & Sour soup.
Posted by Ben on 10/24/2005
Service was slow, food was decent, servings were small and place was cold. Nothing worth going back to and certainly not worth trying unless you live a few doors down.