A few months ago, Feisty Foodie, BeerBoor, TT, TC and I decided to go out and celebrate Chinese New Year (which was in Feb, btw). None of us are too experienced in the land of Chinatown. I used to go much more often when I was younger. But so many places have come and gone that I've only stuck to my staples. So when Hop Kee was mentioned, we agreed due to some good reviews and its mention on No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain.
We arrived to a fairly empty basement restaurant which wasn't too bad. We hate to wait. We ordered 8 different dishes to bring us good luck throughout the new year.
First on the menu, dumplings. They're supposed to represent gold. They're fried golden brown, no?
This dish of noodles wasn't too good. The sauce was very gloppy, the beef mediocre, and the noodles completely lackluster. Some people brought up the issue of thin noodles versus thick. I guess it's how you grew up eating this. But I think chow mein is supposed to have thin fried noodles covered in gravy. While thick noodles are generally used for lo mein which is stir fried.
For another opinion: please read the Feisty Foodie's review.
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New York, NY 10013