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Dim Sum Go Go Disappointment

I've ordered from menus before but frankly I like to get stuff at the spur of the moment, see something appealing, snatch it. If the food is outstanding, then no problem, from what we sampled this is average to below average dim sum yet still priced above average. Portions were small too.

Nov 09, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Dim Sum Go Go Disappointment

The wife and I went to this much talked about dim sum joint today for a quick bite. I was expecting great dim sum with all the raves but was very disappointed.

First of all, as a native HK person, this place had zero atmosphere, no carts, little chatter, tons of hipsters and tourist types.

One of the joys of dim sum is seeing all the dishes roll by and grabbing whatever strikes your fancy, not too crazy about ordering stuff off a mini menu.

On to the food,

the beef cheung was awful, just slices of chewy beef in a noodle skin rather than the traditional superior cheung fun served in traditional Cantonese dim sum places. Like I carved a slice of beef from a sirloin and rolled it in noodle and steamed it. Yuk

the shrimp and chive dumpling didn't have whole shrimp in it but rather chopped/diced up mushy shrimp with tons of chives. Not fresh at all.

Chicken feet was okay, a little tougher than some other places, but not bad.

The meatballs with tofu skin was okay as well, not great, not bad.

We left after the four dishes and hightailed for some real food.

All in all, a disappointing experience, reminded me of a dim sum joint you'd find in Disney World.

Nov 09, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Best Dim Sum on the weekend?

I find it exceedlingly hard to believe that Toronto Chinese food is better than NYC Chinese, especially considering the 130 odd years of expertise here. I've been to Toronto and the Vietamese food that I had, was mediocre.

Oct 21, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Best Dim Sum on the weekend?

I think Jing Fong is excellent and I've been there a lot. Only one experience with Chatham and it was mediocre with the ulitmate sin, stale har kow.

Pings is good too and Grand Harmony.

Oct 21, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Chatham Sq Restaurant - best dim sum ive had in Manhattan

The wife and I went this morning and we were very disappointed. The har kow was not fresh at all, the chicken feet was okay. The beef cheung was good but the wrapping was thick. Best was the shrimp spring rolls but I'd say inferior to Jing Fong in everyway.

Oct 18, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

steamed fish and other light seafood in chinatown

I recently had a great steamed fish dish at Mandarin Court on Mott Street. The dim sum has been off here but the dinner has always been excellent.

Oct 15, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Review - Ollie's Broadway (1991 BROADWAY , 212-595-8181)

I'm with the consensus, any noodle house in Chinatown trumps Ollie's, awful dreck.

Oct 12, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Help - Chinatown Budget Banquet?

Most restaurants have flyers that detail the fixed price banquets, try Grand Harmony, Pings or Jing Fong.

IIRC, Grand Harmony's cheapest banquet was $238, had the staples like steamed fish, roast chicken, fried rice, yee mein, cold jellyfish salad etc.

If you want a step up in ingredients, for additional price you can get lobster, shark's fin soup, abalone etc.

Oct 12, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

East Chinatown Discoveries

Great report, thanks for posting.

We've gone to Yogee before, good standard Cantonese fare but somewhat inconsistent recently. I like the seafood chow mein and the shrimp egg over rice.

Oct 09, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

Hi confused,

I hope others chime in as well but Pings on Mott St. is pretty good for seafood. I really like Mandarin Court as well (though the dim sum is a shade of its former glory). I go to Mandarin Court for dinner quite often with the lobster with ginger/scallions and eggplant with salty fish/chicken casserole also delicious (but oily). HTH

Sep 29, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

Hi cimui,

I've been told that the gau in siu gau means dumpling, like the har gau is shrimp dumpling etc. The dumplings at Nam Fong are cooked in water so I guess it is apt. And yes my chinese/romanization is not the best either.

Sep 29, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Best Turkish and Greek in NYC

another vote for Ali Baba, great lunch special,

Doner Kabab for main, and eggplant with sauce for appetizer. yum

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

What's up with momofuku these days...?

Never been there, but we've been thinking of going, but those prices are scarey,

$16 for ramen!!

Momo seems to be one of those hate it or love it places, no inbetween.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Cart food revisited...

There's a good halal guy at Union Square across the street from Walgreens. Note there are two carts, one larger with a guy in hair and beardnet (not that one), the smaller cart.

Delicious and inexpensive.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

Hi Simon,

The waiters are usually very cool, but the register lady can get snippy.

I do think they make excellent seafood, but haven't had it in a while. We had a dynamite steamed flounder there a few years back. My experience with the wonton noodles there definitely turned me off.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

Thank you for the suggestion, JM.

My wife is Fujianese, we will definitely try the place you recommend. The other suggestions sound great as well. I love mai fun but have never had the version you mentioned, we love the singapore style mai fun with curry added.

I'm there next weekend.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

Hi Jaymor,

I've only been to Big Wong once, a month or so ago with my wife. I thought the roast meat was excellent, I got the roast duck leg/roast pork combo on white rice, excellent but I was put off a bit by having to share a booth, me and the wife on one side and another couple on the other side of the booth. Limited the conversation to be sure.

Food was good at Big Wong (we only had roast meats) but the restaurant was so crowded that we found it a bit offputting. I would definitely go back in less crowded situations.

Hoy Wong is a little further up Mott Street towards Canal, blink and you'll miss it.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Some personal Chinatown Faves

I'm new to the board but have lived in and around Chinatown for some thirty odd years and wanted to share some faves.

New Southwind (aka Nam Fong) on 21 Division St.

One of the last of the old school Chinatown lunch places, check out the counter with its stools.
Great food, from amazing cheung fun, stuffed to fu, and my personal favorite, siu gau (basically a dumpling) meaty and delicious esp. with a little soy sauce on top. Great rice dishes as well like the beef and green peas over rice and the pork chop onion on rice.

I remember my dad taking me here when I was a kid before a matinee at the old Pagoda movie theater (long gone).

Hop Shing - Chatham Square

some of the best old school dim sum in Chinatown esp. the sticky rice chicken wrapped in leaf, yum, a complete meal.

This place is another time warp Chi-town throwback with huge take out crowds. The hai-kow, beef rice noodles, stuffed eggplant, and beef meatballs are personal faves. Not much on atmosphere but I'll take food like this anyday over some of the newfangled soulless hipster joints all over the East Village.

Jing Fong - Elizabeth Street

My pick for best dim sum in Chinatown, up the huge escalator (shades of long gone Silver Palace), to a cavernous dining room. Dim sum is uniformly excellent with great beef rice noodles, spring rolls, steamed ribs and the usual suspects. Pings is a close second.

Hoy Wong - Mott Street

Some of the best roast meat you'll find in Chinatown including great roast duck. This place is tiny but to my surprise rarely crowded. They do great seafood including great soft shell crabs, razor clams with black bean sauce and delicious salt pepper frog. Highly recommended.

JM Family Noodle - 19 Henry Street

Another hole in the wall/dive place but a local favorite for many years. Does a slam bang takeout business because locals know the food is good.

My standard here is seafood chow mein, tasty and filling. The noodles soups are impeccable as are the congees. Nothing like a big bowl of noodle wonton soup with roast pork on top.

HK Station -
I love this place, cheap filling and delicious noodle soups. Eons above the ramen places popping up like crazy and at half the price even with the works.

Some restaurants that I don't recommend:

Wo Hop - I don't get this place, though many of my co-workers swear by it. Greasy, heavy and overcooked old school "chop suey" type of food. Dumplings are the size of the softballs and heavily floured and fried.

Noodletown - I like Noodletown for certain items like congees but the wonton noodles is disgusting mostly due to the heavy ammonia stink on the noodles. Gah!! Not sure how the signature dish stinks like mop liquid but I'll pass on it, the ladies by the register are rude and crabby to regular and newbie alike, esp. the big one. Good seafood though.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan

Looking for something good for tomorrow lunch in Chinatown...

We love a place called Hoy Wong, on Mott St. right off of Canal. Great roast duck and roast pork.

Personal faves are the salt pepper fried soft shelled crab and the stir fried conch. Yummy.

It is a dive but just as good as Big Wong down the block, without the crowds.

Sep 28, 2008
gorlanko in Manhattan