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Please suggest Chinese restaurant near E.80's or E.90's with great food and decent sized portions.

Shanghai Pavilion on 3rd Ave between 78 and 79. Soup dumplings, snow pea shoot dumplings, the stewed pork, Peking Duck with properly crisped skin, chicken with garlicky soy sauce, Lion's head - all well done dishes worthy of China Town if not more expensive and a bit smaller.

Aug 31, 2011
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

LF: Chinese Soy Sauce Chicken Recipe

Try using half double dark and half black soy sauce. THe usual soy sauce used for food flavoring is not as heavy or sweet as the double dark

Dec 19, 2009
Heavy Ed in Home Cooking

Office holiday party suggestions? Downtown/ Little Italy/ Chinatown/ Tribeca

Try Congee Village or Congee Bowery. Great dood, reasonably prcied, and Karaoke rooms to boot.

Nov 19, 2009
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Chinese-style Shrimp & Scrambled Eggs

Fu Leen on Division street.

At lunch time, $5.50 will get you 10-15 small shrimp in a fluffy egg dish with rice and soup. "Watt don ha" (slippery eggs shrimp)

Jan 21, 2009
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Blood Oranges

Agatha and Valentina on 1st and 79th has fresh squeezed blood orange juice. Yummy!

Jan 18, 2009
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Do you see severe cutbacks at restaurants because of the times?

I was at Alias on the LES tonight. I've been there several times and always enjoyed it for the tasty comfort food and generous portion size. At 8 o'clock we we're only the 4th party there, and they just sat a party in front of us. I order the ribs (half rack according to the menu), my wife the fish, and my niece the hanger steak. The food arrives, and I have 3 ribs on my plate, my wife has a piece of bass 2 inches wide, and my nice had a similarly small portion of beef on her plate. The food was the usual tasty fare.

I brought the rib portion to the server's attention, and after consultation with a guy in the kitchen, got half off my order.

Then to top things off, the waiter made a math error on the bill overcharging me. Since he wasn't around in a half empty restaurant, I made a notation on the check and downgraded his tip.

Do people see essentially halving of portions at other places?

Sep 24, 2008
Heavy Ed in Not About Food

Hardest question in New York City - all time favorite restaurant that you hope will always be around.

Daisy May's - where else can you get a bbq'ed 30 lb pig in NY?
Mei leh wah (the old version with the old toison guys, not the new version that passes DOH and has 15 year old girls up front)
Jean Georges
Fu Leen - Best $5.50 lunch intown
Hallo Berlin (cart and restaurant)
Big Nick's - home of the 1 lb Sumo Burger for all you low-carb people
Cafe Zaiya - Beard Papa cream puffs and great Japanese fast food

Sep 10, 2008
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Bouley??

I second Jean-George over Bouley.

Jun 04, 2008
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Suggestions in Hell's Kitchen

Hallo Berlin.

Good solid German wursts and the like and some good beers

Jun 26, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Modestly Expensive Lunch around 55th and 6th Ave?

La bonne Soupe for delicious soups, quiches and the like.

Jun 26, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Last Minute Upper East Side for 14 people

I'm looking for something in the $20 entree price range, nothing too esoteric, vegetarian friendly, near 79th Street.

Thanks.

Jun 26, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

FULEEN SEAFOOD - WHAT TO ORDER??

As mentioned, everything is executed well. The spicy clam soup is not to be missed, the squid with preserved mustard greens and black bean sauce is something we always order.

Jun 26, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

What do you think of Jean Georges?

Nothing new to be said.
Fantastic food, beautiful setting, impeccable service.
And in the Manhattan fine-dining world, a 3 course lunch at $38 at at one of the top 10 restaurants in the city is a bargain. You can spend a whole lot of more money and get a whole lot less at other so called fine dining establishments.

May 29, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Chinese banquet

I'd think twice about Congee Bowery. Both times I've been there, the reservation was lost. The food was only OK, nowhere near as good as Allen St., or 98 Bowery.

Feb 27, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Dairy-free desserts in chinatown

There are a variety of sweet buns available in bakeries. There are also sweet soups available like red bean soup or the like. Dim sum have things like coconut jello.

Feb 27, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

SHUN LEE PALACE, SHUN LEE WEST :: Are they still good?

Never Again. The last time I was there about 18 months ago, the place was packed, the service was terrible, and the food was mediocore at best. And of course, outrageously expensive. I think my wife (at that time my girlfriend) almost dumped me on the spot.

Feb 27, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Chinese Restaurants outside of Chinatown?

Peking Park at Park and 40th St. Had my wedding banquet there last year. For some reason, never crowded at night, so you have some quality time with your client/customer. They make a nice Peking Duck, or if you wiswh they can break it into 3 courses for you: soup, crepe filled with skin, meat sauteed with veggies. Also make a good Peking Spareribs, very spicy Ma Po Tofu, good crispy skinned chicken, steamed fish, etc.

Feb 27, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Maine Head-On Shrimp

Just for my education, what is the distinction between Maine and other shrimp? Have you ever cooked up the live shrimp that you can get in Chinatown? How would that compare to Maine shrimp?

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Fried Chicken

Big Daddy's (I believe, it's retro) is worth a try. Good crispy, chicken, decent sides, large portions.

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Best upscale options for 4-course meal (not tasting menu)

Jean George for lunch is basically $12 a dish. The menu runs the gamut, so you should be able to hit each of the fooed groups. The size is a little larger than tasting, but not much.

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

34th and 5th

Minado at 32 btwn 5th and Madison for AYCE sushi and hot Japanese food for about $30 Dinner and about $20 for lunch.

Evergreen Shanghai at 38th btwn 5 and Madison for good Shanghai food in a nice setting

Soul Fixin's at 34th and 9th for good steam table Southern.

Pizza place I think on 36th street and 6th (is open on 36 street) which has a arteries clogging meat slice

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

barbecue pork buns

Mei Lai Wah rules! 4 generations of my family have been going there for roast pork buns since the 60's. They have gotten a little heavier with the glaze over the years, but it's still awesome, especially fresh baked out of the oven. Also, IMHO, steamed doesn't really count, you gotta go baked. Steamed is kind of like a roast pork sandwich ( must be one of those nanfangled Northern things)

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Lookin' for a good high end Chinese restaurant in NYC

Shun Lee Palace IMHO is an expense account trap for the unsophisticated palate. Looks great, tastes so-so. My food was oversalted, the tables were squeezed in like sardines without the oil, and the service was atrocious. On the other hand, my wife (I'm ABC, my wife is CBC) that Chinese waiters aren't attentive to Chinese people because they think that their bad tippers. Talk about reverse discrimination!

Jan 08, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Special Dinner with Roommate

Ditto Jean-George for lunch. $24 for 2 plates.

Jan 04, 2007
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

getting my hands on a durian in the U.S.

Very available in New York City Chinatown. In fact, I had to ban my wife from bringing the "stinky fruit" home. When at my in-laws, I'll sit away from the dining room table when being served

Dec 11, 2006
Heavy Ed in General Topics

Buffalo Chicken Pizza Slices

I've got a real jones for this. You know, pizza topped with chicken, hot sauce, and blue cheese. I've found it at two places, the better at 22st and 6th Ave, one very mediocore at Bleecker and Carmine.

Anyone know of any others?

Dec 07, 2006
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Chinese resturant for 50th BDay

Peking Park on 40th and Park, right by Grand Central. Had my wedding banquet there. You can get the full lobster, shrimp, fish, peking duck, appetizer plattter, etc. for $550/table + 15% service, which is on par with the Jing Fong and Harmony Palace. There are also a couple of less banquets.

The space is very nicely decorated, and they have a lot of sliding panels and walls so they configure a room based on the numner of tables that you will have. It ends to be quiet at night also.

Dec 07, 2006
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Sofrito - review

I went to Sofrito this weekend with friends. Overall, a very good experience, and a very good bang for the dining buck.

Pluses - Food good, not great. My pork chops were dry, obviously pre-cooked and reheated. My friends pork dish was huge, a two bricker, reasonably tender and redolent of garlic. The flank steak had a nice presentation, and my friend liked the flavor a lot. Decor was great. Service friendly. Prices extremely reasonable for quality and quantity of food, decor and location, no entree over $25.

Minus - Service enthusiastic, but a little off sometimes. Dish we asked for twice was never given to us. Mojitos were OK, a little weak.

Tip - Portions are large, easily shareable (except for the pork chops, which were two thin chops). The appetizers like the fried chicken could easily be an entree, 8 good sized, nicely fried pieces

Dec 04, 2006
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

anyone tried the big pig gig at daisy may's yet?

Hey Andrew P.,

I'm going next week. Any problems getting 14-15 people around the picnic tables. Was it full? Did you put some seats on the end?

Sep 18, 2006
Heavy Ed in Manhattan

Daisy May's - sides?

For a family birthday celebration, we went for the pork butt from RUB ( because DM is not ready until 8 and we needed to eat earlier) and the creamed spinach, corn, and whipped sweet potatoes from DM. All were scarfed down by everyone. I've had the dirty rice and beans before and were not impressed, a little dry.

Sep 18, 2006
Heavy Ed in Manhattan