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Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

Oh, and the chicken wasn't wet at all. There were peppercorns in the other dishes too. Cellphone photos of takeout can't get everything. That style of chicken is not really my fave, but when we stayed in Chongqing our hotel was next to a mall with a food court, and I remember watching with fascination as plate after plate of the dish, chiles piled high in a pyramid, came marching out.

about 8 hours ago
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

I can't comment on the decor because my husband did the food pickup. What is chengdu heaven?

about 8 hours ago
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

We got takeout from them again last night because my kids all insisted on it (they travel with us to China and like the food there). It was yummy again. Here are some photos - keep in mind this was takeout so it isnt attractively plated. We had chicken with chilis (which I call Chongqing chicken mainly because I saw this dish sold all over the city - lots of frid chicken bits mixed with red chiles), shredded pork and peppers in some kind of spicy sauce, Dan Dan noodles, and mapo tofu.

about 12 hours ago
rgny in New York State (exc. NYC)

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

Nah, they don't deliver to my area. I already checked. I am in Eastchester

Pagoda - great food but multiple websites are confusing! [Scarsdale]

I have posted several times about my search for decent Chinese (and American-Chinese) takeout in lower Westchester. I have travelled several times to China, including twice to Sichuan (have been to both Chongqing and Chengdu) so I know what Chinese food can be like. We also dine in Flushing every so often.

Based on advice from this board, I tried Imperial Wok in N. White Plains, ordering from their Sichuanese and Taiwanese menus, and it was indeed very good. However, it is too far to go for regular takeout, alas.

Last weekend, though, we took a chance on a place closer to us called Pagoda, on Central Park Ave in Scarsdale. We almost didn't try them because they have multiple websites, all with different menus! It was hard to figure out which one to use. But the menu at this site http://www.pagodany.com/ is in fact the correct one, and contains all kinds of interesting sounding dishes. We ordered ma po tofu, double cooked bacon, sauteed potatoes,green peppers and eggplants (yes, potato dishes are not uncommon in China), dan dan noodles, spicy dumplings, minced pork with cellophane noodles (ants climb the tree), and fish filet malang tang. And it was all good! When my husband went to pick up the order, he chatted with the owner a bit who said that the menu is new and they are trying to gear more towards real Chinese food. Based on what we had, I think fans of Flushing style Chinese food should give this place a try - hopefully this new menu will be popular and they will keep it.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

Well, we did go to Imperial Wok, and it was really quite good. We had the classics: double cooked pork, cumin lamb, ma po tofu, the spicy dumplings, dan dan noodles, and also the eggplant with basil. All was very good. I was most impressed with the eggplant simply because I had not had that type of dish before. We also got good old beef fried rice for my youngest kid who isn't always adventurous (but it turned out she loved the dumplings anyway). I wish we lived closer to North White Plains so we could get takeout on a regular basis from this place.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

What is good on the Taiwanese menu? I am interested to try it, but since I have never been to Taiwan, I wouldn't know what to pick. I have mostly been in Sichuan (Chengdu and Chongqing) and Guangzhou, and 2 days in Beijing.

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

Are you comparing Sichuan against Sichuan, or dishes from the regular menu?

Fantasy Cuisine or Imperial Wok for birthday dinner for Sichuan food lover?

Hi
I am planning a birthday dinner with my family (3 kids, 9, 12, and 15). We have all been to Sichuan twice and love the food. We eat in Flushing pretty often. However, I have heard that both Fantasy Cuisine and Imperial Wok do good Sichuanese food, so I want to use this as an excuse to try one. Fantasy Cuisine seems fancier, but the menu worries me - it looks so fusiony, and I have heard it is owned by the same people who do Dumpling_+Noodle, a place I despise. Imperial Wok has loads of standard Chinese American fare, and even sushi, but the Sichuan menu looks like the real thing to my eyes. Even good places in Manhattan like Szechuan Gourmet have the Chinese-American section of the menu, so that doesn't bother me if the Sichuanese menu is good. My only concern is if Imperial Wok is a good place for a family birthday celebration, or if it is more of a takeout place.

Opinions?

looking for replacement Chinese delivery place in Eastchester/New Rochelle area

So to followup, we ended up driving to Port Chester for Sichuan Palace, where we used to eat all the time around 2007 when living in that area. Sadly, I think they have gone way downhill. Their mapo tofu was thick, almost tomato-y, and sweet like they were trying to copy the "sichuan" stuff you get at PF Changs. And the Sichuan dumplings were so bland that I ended up dumping chile oil on them. My kids found the SIngapore noodles to be bland too, but everyone liked the hot and sour soup, and the regular dumplings.

Oriental Palace, on the phone, claims they will announce when they are reopening. I hope it is soon! Meanwhile, I think we will try the newish Korean BBQ in New Rochelle next for takeout.

looking for replacement Chinese delivery place in Eastchester/New Rochelle area

I may try that next!

looking for replacement Chinese delivery place in Eastchester/New Rochelle area

I really want to try them. I couldn't tell from their online site if they do takeout or not - they seem a little too chic for takeout. I have hopes for them. I should note that I have spent time in Chengdu and Chongqing, so I have an idea of what Sichuanese food tastes like. We go to Spicy & Tasty in Flushing, as well as that Hunanese place with the fish heads, pretty often. But sometimes I just want nearby Chinese delivery, and I prefer it not be completely bland, or sweet like the Asian Fusion places. Oriental Palace, if asked, would make certain dishes spicy enough, and my kids really liked their lo mein as well as the sushi.

looking for replacement Chinese delivery place in Eastchester/New Rochelle area

I looked at their menu and it looked too Asian Fusion-y to me.

looking for replacement Chinese delivery place in Eastchester/New Rochelle area

Our go-to Chinese takeout/delivery place (Oriental Palace in Eastchester/Bronxville) closed "for renovations" recently. While not astounding or at Flushing level quality, we liked them because they made nice spicy noodle soups, decent sushi, and they made their mapo tofu with the correct texture tofu and would make it spicy enough for me. We are looking for something similar in the same area to try. Any recommendations. We do NOT like Asian Fusion, or Chinese places that make that same sweet gooey Asian Fusion stuff. We used to be devotees of Sichuan Pavillion when we lived near Port Chester - that is the kind of thing I am looking for. I have heard that Imperial Wok in White Plains and Fantasy Cuisine in Hartsdale are great, but I think those places are too far for takeout/delivery.
So, is there anything in our area short of crossing the bridge to Flushing?

Which is Better: Kam Sen or H Mart

Kam Sen is better for specialty Chinese items. Hmart, although it does carry some Chinese items, is better for Korean items.

Namu Korean Steakhouse in Scarsdale

Oh I am really disappointed by the menu. It looks very Americanized. No stews, which are the best thing in a Korean restaurant. I bet the beef in the bibimbop is cooked too. I was so hoping for a good nearby Korean restaurant

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

So an update. We ended up at Le Petite Abeille on 20th. They had reservations and a reputation for being kid friendly. I wouldn't say the food was the best in the world, and the service was pretty bad. But it was a very pleasant place to sit and talk with friend for a couple of hours, and just the right atmosphere for kids - not Chuck E Cheese, but low key and friendly.

Mar 30, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

I would not call Hearth family friendly in the evening, although I did go to a kiddie birthday party there once (my kid was in the same preschool class as the owner's kid). Nothing like whole suckling pig, face and all, for the 3 year old set :-)

That Cafe D'Alsace place sounds yummy

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

Yeah, I tried. No available reservations. Tomorrow night with 7 people is kind of a tough one...

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

need rec for kid-friendly, foodie-friendly, beer-friendly downtown place

Desperate! Some friends are suddenly coming into town tomorrow and I need to find a place to eat. Friends are foodies from Chicago, but one does not eat meat (fish is fine). I also will have my husband who likes good beer, and 3 kids (14, 12, 7) with me. I thought of Otto, but am afraid the wait for 7 people would be crazy. I also spotted a great looking place at Eataly, Birreria I think is the name, but they either don't take dinner reservations or don't have any (can't tell from the way Open Table displays things). We could also do Asian if it had beer, but not Chinese because my friends travel to China all the time and want something different. Ideas, please!!!

Mar 28, 2014
rgny in Manhattan

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

That doesn't make sense. I don't think they have much online presence. Their business model seemed to be all about getting people into the store via events and classes. The other store, in Paramus, has been increasing its events in fact. I get emails from them - they just had a chef competition last week. I don't see how this Westchester store is going to make it just as a plain old retail store - it is easier for most of us to order the gear from Amazon

Central Avenue Updates - Scarsdale/White Plains

I am so sad about Chef Central. They had the BEST cooking camps for teenagers. Very professional. My kids did several week long camps and learned so much. The new Chef Central will not have any cooking facilities in the permanent location and will not be offering the camps or classes any more. I have no reason to go there any more.

Good Flushing Chinese with a lot of people

Help! I need to scout a place for dinner tomorrow night in Flushing, for 10 to 12 people including kids. For various reasons, we don't know the exact time so I can't make reservations in advance.
We like good Chinese food- have been to Sichuan province several times so we know the real deal. I've been to Spicy & Tasty and to Hunan Kitchen before with smaller groups, but I am not sure if they can accommodate us. I've also been to some nameless Cantonese places that looked like they could handle large groups, but I didn't much care for the food. I don't want to do the food courts because they are too rushed and not relaxing - we want to be able to talk while we eat. Beer or wine would be nice too.

So advice on interesting, good Chinese places in Flushing that could handle a bunch of people on a Saturday night, and also serve beer/wine and don't need reservations? Is this an impossibility?

Sep 28, 2012
rgny in Outer Boroughs

First Impressions of Growlers Bistro in Tuckahoe

I think it is going to be hard to survive as any kind of casual restaurant in Eastchester/Tuckahoe if you don't make families feel welcome. These are very family oriented communities, where people move because they have kids. I live in Eastchester, have 3 kids, and while I haven't been to this place, I am always looking for places where I can bring my kids and get something interesting to eat. I do not like the current trend to singles-friendly places like Fig & Olive, and suspect that some of these places will not survive because there really isn't a "young singles" scene in this area. We need more family friendly neighborhood spots, not fewer.

Eastchester turns down Panera

Sometimes it is just landlord stupidity. Remember the nice kids shoe store next to the Starbucks in the plaza with the Borders? It had been there for a long time. In 2007, the rent was raised, and they were forced out. The store has been empty ever since. Total stupidity.

Eastchester turns down Panera

Eastchester/Tuckahoe are towns primarilly made up of middle class families with kids. When we moved to the area, there were lots of decent places that were oriented to families. They have all been disappearing, replaced with the likes of Fig and Olive, or Haiku, or the place in Tuckahoe that replaced Rockwells, overpriced fancy restaurants aimed at the singles crowd. We need places to take our kids that aren't McDonalds. We still have Pipers Kilt, but the wait to get in there is too long. Polpettinas is too expensive for me to take my kids.

Eastchester turns down Panera

I assume the Panera would have taken over both the empty Blockbuster and the empty Studio B, because the Blockbuster space alone is on the small side for a Panera. Before Studio B was in that space, it was a day old Wonder bread outlet. We also have lovely businesses like Mr Shower Door and Jenny Craig. A Panera would have been a vast improvement over a day old Wonder Bread outlet.

Eastchester turns down Panera

The space is too large for a local bakery. And please, not a 5 Guys. Ick

Eastchester turns down Panera

That is ridiculous. So instead we are stuck with an eyesore empty store, and will probably end up getting something really boring like another Verizon store.

Louie & Johnny's Cheesesteak and Clam Bar - Eastchester

Does Gordy's serve beer or is it strictly sodas? I can't tell from their ads