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Mar 6, 2004 11:47 PM

I'm Dyin' Up Here!!! (Need NYC quality chinese in Carmel/Brewster/Holmes area)

  • g

Oh, Please, please, someone tell me there's a decent Chinese restaurant up here in Putnam County.

There's a pretty "table cloth" Chinese restaurant in Carmel but the food has absolutely no discernible flavor at all. It's like the Cliff Notes of Chinese food. All the locat takouts seem like they arrfe prepared by Idaho Diner Chefs.

Please, after 18 months this ex-Manhattanite will drive for food. (I'm still having delivery withdrawal.)

Please, something with real taste and not dependent on the deep fryer. When things get really bleak, I drive into Manhattan and buy REAL cold sesame noodles ...without a trace of peanut butter. Yes, remember that?

Please, I'm melting into a pool of runny cornstarch-thickened water.




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  1. t

    Try Panda House on Mill Plain Road in Danbury, CT... Close to Brewster, off I-84.

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    1. re: TrishUntrapped
      Gary Gladstone

      I can't find a "Panda House" on Mill Plain Road in Danbury, anywhere on the web.

      Do you have a street address and know if it's Danbury or some other town?




      1. re: Gary Gladstone

        Panda House
        93 Mill Plain Road
        Danbury, CT

        Tel. 203-743-6080

    2. s
      Skillet Licker


      Frankly, I don't know a damn thing about Putnam County except the Red Rooster Drive-In. I doubt their Chinese dishes would get a high reading on the authenticity meter. Besides, they'd dunk everything in the deep fryer anyway.

      I do commiserate with you, though, having lived for many years in rural Virginia. My advice is to get to know the chef at any Chinese restaurant and persuade him/her to fix you some home-style cooking, replete, if necessary, with MSG, exotic fungi, fish eyes, and whatever else he's inclined to throw. Tell them you'll pay extra. Whatever it takes, if you know waht I mean.

      1. I second the Panda House in Danbury. Just 5 minutes from the Putnam Line.

        1. If you're willing to drive south a bit, I think Sue & Hai in Yorktown Heights can be pretty good, although I can't vouch for their cold noodles/sesame paste.

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          1. re: Nick

            We've recently started eating at Sue & Hai after eating at Empire Hunan in Yorktown pretty regularly. You can find a 10% off coupon for S&H if you search on Google. I really like their chicken with ginger.

            I've not had the sesame noodles at S&H but actually like the ones at Empire Hunan (which I believe is actually a branch of the restaurant the OP disses in their original post). I find if I order it spicy they put some sort of garlic/ginger mixture on top of it. It also seems that the to-go order is twice the size of the bowl you get if you order it to eat in.

            Personally, I hate posts like the original one in this thread which basically is of the snobbish "all the food you eat up here is crap", if it's not from NYC, it's garbage.

            1. re: Bill

              frankly, "hate" it or not, your quote is dead-on accurate.

          2. Gary,

            Hello! I'm going to throw my belated 2 cents in here. I grew up in Carmel and my parents are still there, actually. Carmel itself is a restaurant wasteland. There really is little at all, especially in comparison to Cold Spring, Brewster, and Danbury. And I have to disagree with Bill in that, in general, the mid-Hudson Valley dining options (especially Asian) pale in comparison to the rest of the region, and I've lived in New Haven, White Plains, NYC, Minnesota, and Providence, RI, so I think I have some means of comparison.

            I think the restaurant in Carmel you were referring to is Empire Hunan, across from Lake Glenida. As far as Americanized Chinese food, it's acceptable, but there is nothing else remotely authentic about what they do. I absolutely second Panda House in Danbury as the best nearby Chinese. It's most assuredly not NYC quality (which, in itself, isn't SF or Vancouver quality), but it'll satisfy cravings. My parents tell me a Japanese/Sushi place has just opened up nearby Trader Joe's in Danbury off I-84 as well. If you're looking for Dim Sum, your nearest option will be in Yonkers/Central Westchester (and posts on this board extensively cover that).

            I've never been to the Yorktown Chinese mentioned, but I've heard they're acceptable. If you looking for good ethnic Cuisine in Yorktown, try Bloom's Kosher Deli. I was there the last time I was home visiting my family and I enjoyed it greatly. It was certainly as good as the average Jewish Deli in NYC or nearby here in Minneapolis (which, themselves, aren't as good as the Jewish delis of memory). Good luck!

            - Garris
            Rochester, MN (nope, nothing to eat down here)

            PS: My parents moved to Carmel in 1970 and were told then it would be the "next Greenwich or Scarsdale," filled with retail and restaurants. They bought it. They're still waiting...

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            1. re: Garris

              Sorry to report that Bloom's deli closed a few weeks ago.