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Tag: Chinatown

Red Egg

Dim Sum & nightlife (according to Foursquare, this place has great pm DJs) in Chinatown.

What We Had

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Assorted porky dumplings

The dumplings were passable overall – no great revelations, but nothing offensively terrible, either. We did not get one of the dumplings we ordered.

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Chicken with black bean sauce

This dish started out promising – a little sweet, a little salty; but quickly devolved after noticing a rot spot on one of the pepper pieces. The rot spot was averted and everything seemed cautiously good until I bit down on a chunk of glass. Needless to say, that was the end of that – I was thoroughly freaked out afterward and didn’t want another bite.

Decor

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Sexy red & black decor with high booths, lots of mirror, and great mod red accents.

Service

Terrible. We waited over 5 minutes before a server agreed to take the table (there looked like some squabble over whose it was), and the resulting service was slow as molasses.

The manager handling the glass and missing dumplings was accommodating, however.

Overall Impressions

This was not the best experience we’ve had. Disinterested staff, quasi-homical chef, and slack service. We won’t be coming back. Even before the glass & rot, this place was on its way to a low score – the website led us to believe they had better dim sum selection, and the service was borderline rude; very off putting.

*Note: we dined at this restaurant pre-Sandy.

Rating

1 out of 5 for attempted dinercide and a crappy experience all around

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Tasty Hand Pulled Noodles

Fresh noodle house in Chinatown.

What We Had

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I had the House Special Noodle Soup #2 with chicken, shrimp & beef.

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My DH had the Dumpling Noodle Soup with mixed dumplings and noodles.

The noodles (both hand pulled) were spectacular. Silky with a bit of resistance; the perfect noodle texture.

The broth was also fantastic.

Decor

Minimal – a big wooden desk for the server/cashier/hostess to sit behind and small tables wedged into every square inch of the floor.

Service

Perfunctory, but you’re not there to see the waiter; you’re there to stick your face in a bowl of silken delight.

Overall Impressions

This is one of those amazing little hole-in-the-wall joints you hope to find down a twisting side street in Chinatown.

Rating

4.5 out of 5, even though the beef was a mite fatty for my taste, and one of my shrimp was a tad muddy. The noodles are just that good.

Excellent Dumpling House

A blind pick for dumplings in Chinatown. I had family in town, we were starving, and the name sounded great. Names, unfortunately, can be misleading.

What We Had

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Korean beef noodle soup – completely tasteless and wholly disappointing.

Scallion pancake – burnt on the bottom, but good despite the char.

Chicken dumpling soup – meh. Not terrible, but not great.

Fried pork dumpling – decent but underseasoned.

Rangoon – not bad. A little greasy, but the filling was nice.

Some sort of beef dumpling – this was the best of the day. It actually had flavor.

A noodle dish involving chicken and vegetables – I only had a bite of this dish, but that was enough to tell it was mostly bland with a hint of wasted possibility.

Décor

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Minimal – mirror wall, lots of greenish hues.

Service

Average.

Overall Impressions

Bland and disappointing, given the name.

Rating

2 out of 5 for bland, boring food overall. Must. Find. Better. Option.

Great NY Noodle Town

Little hole-in-the-wall noodle joint in Chinatown.

What We Had

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My DH had the Roast Pork and Wonton Noodles Soup – This soup had some of the best Chinese-style pork either of us have yet eaten. The wontons were good, but the pork was the real star here.

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I had the Roast Duck and Noodles In Soup – The duck tasted great, but be forewarned that the meat is cleaver-chopped and includes bone fragments. Eat with caution.

Both bowls had deeply flavored broth (his had a fish base; mine had duck base), and the noodles were fresh and expertly prepared.

Décor

Nothing fancy, mostly white walls with menu items and mirror.

Service

About what one would expect. Perfunctory. Stink eye-free, even though we were the only ’round eye’ table in the joint for much of our meal (a good sign, to be sure).

Overall Impressions

This is a great place to grab a really cheap, good bite any time of day and into the wee hours of the morning. Be prepared; the restaurant accepts cash only.

Rating

4 out of 5 for great pork & comforting noodles.

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