I was there for lunch the other day, and was quite surprised by the chaos. I had been to their prior location a couple of times; it is certainly a much bigger place. People were circulating in the parking lot waiting for spots to open up, on a weekday no less..
There were definitely at least some Cantonese speaking waitstaff. My lunch companion, who used to frequent their old place, recognized a few staff members, but there were definitely new faces.
The staff seemed to be pretty stressed with the volume and they started a rudimentary numbering system for tables while I was there which wasn't working all too well.
Had brisket wonton noodles, companion had boat congee (pronounced pretty decent), and shared a roast pig/roast pork combination plate.
I thought the noodles were average, a bit soggy for my liking (though I am a stickler for firm, almost crunchy noodle texture); like ycf, thought the broth was kind of weak, and didn't have much depth of flavor. Brisket was ok, not particularly flavorful, probably could be more tender. Roast pig was pretty good, with crisp skin; was cut into larger pieces than expected. Roast pork was ok.
Hopefully, some of these issues are a function of trying to manage the high volume.
Will probably retry a bit later to see how things evolve.
After being let down by the chaos at the food truck wars at Monmouth Park several weeks ago, I was really looking forward to returning to NOTB... I went most recently a couple weeks ago, though, and noticed that the staff seemed to be different; both the guy manning the grill, as well as the woman taking orders and manning the register (was a middle-aged lady wearing a hairnet this time).
A bit distracted, I nevertheless proceeded to order tongue tacos, milanesa rez cemita, and a suadero burrito. I know, why would I even bother with the burrito. The first time, I was originally skeptical as well, but my SO had wanted to order it, and I reluctantly agreed--as it turns out, I was pleasantly surprised by how good it was; the chunks of beef were juicy, very well-seasoned with crisp, caramelized, smoky edges...
This time, the cemita was excellent as always, though somehow they gave me the chicken version. Tongue was tender, but could have used some more time on the grill. This was the first time I actually ordered the tongue tacos, though, so I don't have a basis of comparison (tend to stick w/ the pork based ones). However, I was deeply disappointed by the burrito, as the insides seemed to be almost completely flavorless; beef was barely heated through, beans flavorless. I didn't bother finishing it, which has never happened to me before at NOTB; in fact, I would go as far to say that a more tasty specimen could likely be sourced from Chipotle..
As an aside, I used to get both the red and green sauces with my order; the last 2 times, I've only been given the green?
So...please someone tell me that I happened to run into the B team, and that the previous staff were on vacation or something..this was the first time I have had an uneven experience there..