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Apr 27, 1999 11:55 AM

Skip Hunan Ritz in Thornwood

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I'd heard good things about Hunan Ritz in the Rose Hill
Shopping Plaza on Kensico Ave. in Thornwood and I
hadn't been there for years, so we gave it a try last
night. It was a disappointment.

The food was OK. The best dish was an appetizer of
steamed crab legs, which were delicious but showed no
evidence of _Chinese_ cuisine. They were served plain
with clarified butter. Hot and sour soup was pretty
good, unusually beefy with lots of goodies,
surprisingly including inoki mushrooms. Their special
five-flavor duck was unexciting.

If you're in this area and want Chinese, I prefer the
place on 141 a few blocks south of the intersection
with Kensico Ave. It just changed its name to Pacific
something; I can't recall what.

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  1. I second the Hunan Ritz pan. Last time there was so
    much MSG in the food that we had headaches and felt
    sick for the rest of the day. It used to be much

    Pacific Palace is the new name of that other place (on
    141 in Thornwood).

    There's another Chinese restaurant with a similar name
    in Mt. Kisco, just up from the movie theater on 117. I
    think it's called Pacific. They make their own
    noodles, which made me optimistic, and indeed some of
    the noodle dishes are quite fresh and delicious--but
    the service stinks--really rude!!!--so we're not going

    There's a place in Hartsdale across from the train
    station (not on Central Ave, if you can believe it)
    which has a number of unusual dishes. Not sure how
    traditional it is, since they seem particularly
    interested in "healthy" food, but at least it's been
    pretty reliable. Cold tofu salad with spicy dressing,
    decent cold sesame noodles with a choice of white,
    whole wheat, or spinach noodles...

    5 Replies
    1. re: Sharon A
      Josh Mittleman

      I've been to the place in downtown Hartsdale. I've
      found it to be quite good. Many of their dishes are
      Chinese-Western hybrids, but they do it well. They
      offer a fairly extensive vegetarian menu.

      1. re: Josh Mittleman


        Thanks for the thrill of seeing THORNWOOD when I clicked onto this board! You made my day!

        We lived there for 9 years and thought we'd be there forever.

        We've been banished to Princeton, NJ. You think Hunan Ritz is bad? You should see some of the Chinese food down here. Oh, well. Thanks, again!

        1. re: Melisande
          Josh Mittleman

          No, I don't think it's bad. It's OK, but no better
          than that. There are plenty of places to get _bad_
          Chinese food, but I try not to think about them.

          1. re: Josh Mittleman

            My message to you was meant in a very light-hearted manner.

            It appears that you didn't take it that way.

            1. re: Melisande
              Josh Mittleman

              E-mail is like that, unfortunately. With nothing but
              the text to go on, I try to take words at their face
              value because otherwise I'm _certain_ to be
              misinterpreting them 9 times out of 10. Smileys are
              cutesy, but they really are necessary ;)