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Oct 2, 2000 09:41 AM

Tindo gone

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It is with heavy heart that I post this...Tindo is no more. There is a restaurant still in that space, but I don't even remember the name; something beginning with "Y". I went there last week and was a little puzzled at the new name, but decided I'd ask what happened: I walked in the door and asked the first twentyish Chinese girl I saw; her English wasn't good enough to talk to me, so she brought another woman who also couldn't understand what I was asking her. (Why do they have the "Employees Must Wash Hands Before Returning To Work" signs in the bathrooms in English only? Don't the inspectors ever suspect the people they're targeted to can't even read them?) Finally three Asian women were staring at me bewildered, asking me if I wanted to be seated.

So I said, "Never mind," and left, dejected and hungry. Granted, I've noticed for over a year that that area is going through big changes, and I saw the writing on the wall a few months ago when a 24-hour place was opening up across the street. Although I thought Tindo was strong enough to withstand these, I did notice subtle changes over time; I was willing to ignore them, though.

So Jim, what's your default Chinese these days?

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  1. God. No.

    We should have all gone more. More critics should have reviewed it (Eric Asimov, some of the duck blood is on YOUR HANDS!). I hadn't gone in MONTHS. I let them down as a customer.

    How could this happen? How is this possible? I'm already forgetting what the Thailand sauce tasted like. This is just so terrible. A real loss for New York. For the world.

    6 Replies
      1. re: Jim Leff

        Hey Jim,

        Why don't you make a spot on this site where you have a "Top 10 Underrated Restaurants That Need Your Business" list? Put it somewhere obvious like the main index page. Could possibly turn a whole new clientle onto them and prevent the reaper from visiting.

      2. re: Jim Leff

        You may be forgetting what the Thailand sauce tastes like, but I'm pretty sure those salt baked pork chops are gonna stay with me, most likely lining my arteries for a long, long time. Damn, were they tasty!

        I'm mourning the loss of my standard "perfect day" which generally entailed an afternoon at Coney Island, F train to Tindo and stumbling after to the appropriate bubble tea vendor. I was hoping that the late-night revelers from nearby club "Fun" would be the salvation of Tindo. At least one club reviewer lauded it as the ideal apres-club venue, with its proximity, late hours and alcohol-absorbing cuisine.

        A great loss. But maybe now I'll actually try Proton Saga, which I've passed many times and each time though--nah, Tindo tonight. I'll try this some other time. I've seen varying reports here. Anyone wanna offer a new one?


        1. re: Jim Leff
          Frank Language

          I was surprised you didn't know before me, Jim. And I was devastated at the realization and went to drown my sorrows in dim Nom Wah, another place that may be destined for Chinese-restaurant heaven if people don't start going.

          This 80-year-old (I asked) tea house on Doyers Street seems to never have other customers when I'm there. There have to be other people who go, or they'd close up shop, but I rarely see other customers when I'm there, even for take-out. This place was just what I was looking for when I went there: a solid Cantonese-style tea house that even has (unhygenic, to be sure, but soaked for eons) bamboo chopsticks! It's a great place to go and read, and they let you sit (of course) as long as you like.

          So for what it's worth, I like their dumplings better than Sun Hop Shing, and they're always hot when they bring them to you. They have large round tables, which made it a little sad that I was dining alone. Are we ever going to organize a Chowhound field trip - maybe to Chinatown, to start with? If we could have gotten a field trip to Bo together and gone regularly it would have helped; at least we would have turned more people on to the splendors of Bo.

          1. re: Frank Language

            Nom Wah sounds like my old secret fave, Tin Yick, which is long gone. I'll go check it out. Do you have more specific reccos than "dumplings"?

            "Are we ever going to organize a Chowhound field trip - maybe to Chinatown, to start with?"

            Hey, go ahead! I built/run the website, other people are more than welcome to head up other stuff like this!

            1. re: Jim Leff
              Frank Language

              "Nom Wah sounds like my old secret fave, Tin Yick, which is long gone. I'll go check it out. Do you have more specific reccos than "dumplings"?'

              At this point I just pick the ones I recognize; of course I'll get more adventurous, but I've only been twice so far. I get siumai, fun kuor; you know, the traditional stuff. Oh yeah, and I guess I tried a couple last time I hadn't had before - but three dishes of dumplings is my upper limit.

              And before I leave, I always get a few greasy, crumbly almond cookies to go. And I always overtip - which isn't saying much, on a $5 tab.

              "Are we ever going to organize a Chowhound field trip - maybe to Chinatown, to start with?"

              "Hey, go ahead! I built/run the website, other people are more than welcome to head up other stuff like this!"

              Okay, let's start a phone tree, and when I'm down there, I'll call the first name on the list. Seriously, we could plan for a time Pat Hammond is going to be in town and be sure to hit a few spots every night she's in town. How about it, Pat?

        2. Silly, the Wash your Hands signs are in English so the heath inspectors can read them....:-)

          4 Replies
          1. re: Maria Eng
            Melanie Wong

            The signs out here are in Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, and probably a few other languages. . .

            1. re: Melanie Wong

              You see, I TOLD you you were 30-40 years ahead of us out there!

              1. re: Maria Eng
                Melanie Wong

                I don't know if it's being ahead necessarily. It's just a recognition of the diversity of who lives and works in Calif. We did some work with one of the statewide restaurant workers unions and I learned that their members are almost 90% Latino and for most, Spanish is their preferred language. And this diversity isn't divided upon strict racial/ethnic lines. The rate of racial intermarriage is highest here and the offspring of these unions don't have to choose sides, as in the day where one drop of African blood made one black and only black.

                A couple weeks ago I made a snappish response on the SF board to a soon to be ex-NYer who inquired about "ethnic" dining. I hope I didn't turn her off completely and that she checks back. I questioned the utility of "ethnic" to define a category of dining in Northern California's mish-mosh. Our best pastrami in the Bay Area is from a deli owned by Chinese born in Taiwan, the Brazilians are taking over the pizza business, Vietnamese-Chinese are opening sushi bars, and Mexican sous chefs are the energy behind some of our best East-West fusion spots. What ethnicity is an Argentine-style Italian pasta joint?

                1. re: Melanie Wong

                  I'll reply on General Topics. See "Ethnic Dining".

                  Please, anyone else who'd like to reply to this message without pertaining to Manhattan, join me over there.

          2. I missed out on Bo entirely. But I always thought, "Next time I'll get to Tindo". Now there'll be no next time. Sigh. p.