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Suggestion on Top Cantonese Food (Not Shanghainese)

O Mogan Nov 8, 2001 06:43 PM

New Yorkers,

I am looking for suggestions for top Cantonese restaurants in the city. And yes, that's Cantonese, meaning no New Greenbo, no Joe's Shanghai, no Shanghai Cuisine, and no Sweet n' Tart. I am talking about real Cantonese food. Any suggestions ? I don't care about price and location, as long as it's top NY Cantonese restaurants, I will give it a try. Please don't suggest Ping's Restaurant either. Their food is very mediocre to me. Thank you.

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    Mark M Nov 12, 2001 12:48 PM

    My two faves are phoenix garden on 40th between 2nd and 3rd and Canton on E B'way (I think). The first does a particularly good job with their honey glazed ribs, all soups, braised squab with lettuce leaves, pepper and salt shrimp and their casserole dishes. I have not been to Canton in a few years but remember having some of the finest "high end" cantonese food in my lifetime - but you will pay for it.

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      Pat Hammond Nov 8, 2001 06:52 PM

      I believe Funky Broome is Cantonese. Corner of Mott and Broome. Wonderful food. Can anyone back me up on this?

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        Porthos Nov 8, 2001 07:10 PM

        Consider yourself backed up. Yes it's Cantonese and that would be my rec too (see below post titled Wu Liang Ye!?!?!). Anyways, though this is the the original poster's best bet, it's not going to be as good as west coast Cantonese. But then again, this topic has been mulled over many a time and flogged lifeless. I'm starting to sound like a broken record myself.

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          l'il dragon Nov 9, 2001 01:48 AM

          All the Cantonese people I know say Vancouver is really where it's at for Chinese food. In NYC, I like Congee Village on Allen. It may be closed right now because of expansions, but the waitress told me they'd reopen before the end of November.

          Also, I think Taiwanese food rocks so much harder than Shanghainese, and I'm just waiting for a them to attack Manhattan Chinatown.

          1. re: l'il dragon
            bud Nov 11, 2001 08:03 AM

            Anyone who dislikes Ping's (Queens) is a kindred spirit to my taste buds. We had a really good sampling of Cantonese dishes at East on Main St in Flushing which is primarily an all you can eat buffet restaurant upstairs, but in the downstairs cafe or bistro as it is called we had the following: shrimp dumpling soup, hacked chicken and scallops in black pepper sauce all marvelously prepared and reasonably priced. We had gone there intending to dine at the buffet, but at 4;00 pm, it was closed so we tried the cafe. Really good food.

        2. re: Pat Hammond
          Jonathan Nov 12, 2001 02:50 PM

          I have to disagree on Funky Broom. Our meal there was very forgettable. The place seems overly trendy and thus bogus. I don't trust TimeoutNY anymore.

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