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Yen Yen Restaurant And Bar
Posted by New to neighborhood on 04/22/2015
Chinese in the Ditmas/Kensington area, to which we moved about a year ago, is absolutely atrocious. Yen Yen is the lone exception - far and away better than anything nearby. It is not the greatest Chinese I have ever had by a longshot (I'm sort of picky about Chinese food because my wife works in Chinatown and I'm a bit spoiled), and ordinarily I might give it a 3/5 for quality but given the choices nearby I'm giving it an extra point. I've had a number of dishes here and they are good to very well done; nothing has been bad. Also, they have a bar, which is always a plus. If you get takeout and want utensils, you have to ask.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/10/2014
I grew up in the east, but lived in San Francisco and really missed west coast Chinese food. Yen Yen cooks in that style (or closer than most NYC Chinese places). I really recommend any displaced Californians give it a try.
Posted by lh on 01/16/2014
Customer for 15 years. Other chinese food nasty in comparison and I havent eaten any other chinese food since..its a little more expensive but you pay for quality and freshness and im worth it...if your a vegan try vegetarian monk with sauce on the side..mai tai delicious and strong
Posted by Anonymous on 05/07/2013
My boyfriend and I ate there for the first time a couple days ago. Both of us (especially me) are well-acquainted with cheap Chinese joints because, as vegetarians, you just can't beat the value when you're out and about or don't feel like cooking. So, that is to say, I've had many many versions of tofu/vegetable dishes, especially the dish called "tofu homestyle" or "bean curd homestyle." Most of them are okay, although usually the grease and the eerie muckiness of the sauce can be overwhelming. But not at Yen Yen--I was so happy with their version of tofu homestyle: the tofu tasted fresh and crisply fried, and the vegetables were tender and intriguing (was it thick-cut seaweed or black fungus?) and not the usual hodge-podge. My boyfriend got the tofu Szechuan style (ma po tofu), which was also delicious. I would say that it was the sauces that made everything shine--unlike the other Chinese places of similar prices (~$7 for a veggie dish), Yen Yen's sauces are rich and deep and flavorful and taste like real wholesome ingredients. I would definitely recommend this place over all the other places I've tried in the area. My only gripe is that I wish the rice servings were a little bigger, but I'm Asian so I can definitely pack in the rice. :) But the waitstaff was so nice I'm sure they would have given me more if I'd just asked.
Posted by Jessica on 05/09/2012
I've never eaten in the restaurant, but their delivery is exceptional. We order from Yen Yen a few times a month and they have never made a mistake on our orders. The chicken with mushrooms is my favorite dish, but everything I've had is tasty. I love the veggie egg rolls and dumplings, but my husband thinks the egg rolls are slightly undercooked. Other restaurants might provide more food for the price, but the quality is nowhere near as good and I always walk away stuffed. Yen Yen is our go-to for Chinese and we recommend it frequently.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/20/2011
Love their pan fried noodles and scallion pancakes the most...
Posted by nemo on 10/01/2010
scallops and filet mignon is a must try !!