Being Chinese inevitably made Chinese food my favorite cuisine and there are are endless options for Chinese restaurants in NYC. Chinatown in Manhattan is my second home with all the delicious buns, roast duck and noods! And through this adventure of discovering more Chinese restaurants in NYC, I wanted to share all of it with YOU. Whether it’s good or bad, I want to give you all my experiences and what to look for when you go to a Chinese restaurant!
Today’s spot is a restaurant that I randomly found online and it instantly drew me in because I love seafood! Alex and I decided to make it our Friday date night spot and here are our thoughts:
Overall Rating (out of 5):
Price Point: around $20 per person
What we ordered:
- Seafood Congee – I was feeling sick that day and typically congee over normal white rice helps; it was not as flavorful as other places that I’ve tried and lack of any seafood other than fish balls and few shrimps
- Beef Ho Fun – Alex’s favorite dish at any Chinese restaurant in NYC that we go to; this dish was extremely oily (oilier than normal Chinese dishes) and it was hard to eat a lot of
- Fried Flounder – one of their more popular dishes & it was extremely delicious; the fish rested on a bed of vinegary soy sauce and the waitress helps you de-bone the fish
- Stir-Fried Dou Miao (Pea Shoots in English): one of my favorite Chinese veggies and my favorite dish of the night; if you order this, I recommend trying to finish this dish over the others since leftover veggies aren’t as good the next day
*this was definitely too much food for 2 people so we had leftovers for days, but our excuse was that it was all for "science purposes"
Service (out of 5):
While Chinese restaurants usually don’t have the best services, which I definitely kept in mind, there were a few instances in which I felt slightly uncomfortable. We had a woman server in the beginning who was very kind and we were extremely satisfied with her. However, at the end of our meal, another waiter came over and was asking me to tip more before we even finished paying our bill. I thought it was extremely unprofessional. Especially after I told him I wasn’t done paying and he continued and even took out his pad to calculate our tip for us.
Overall I would say this is a good value meal and the food was a bit too oily. I know it’s a big concern for a lot of my readers that they aren’t able to communicate effectively when going to more authentic Chinese restaurants in NYC. When ordering, Alex felt a bit intimated ordering since it was mostly Chinese patrons. But there are English speaking servers who can assist in suggestions. Plus the menu was very inclusive of all the dishes they actually have. This place was good and the flounder was something I never tried before, but it didn’t make too much of a lasting impression.
A million and one thanks for reading — until my next lil’ thought then!
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