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Best Chinese Delivery on UWS

bgs31 Jun 24, 2006 04:05 AM

Originally from CA, I now live in the lower west 70s (@ B'way) and have yet to find a Chinese delivery that I actually enjoy. Any suggestions would be much appreciated!!

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    miltk RE: bgs31 Jun 24, 2006 05:31 AM

    cottage restaurant on amsterdam/77th

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      powermd RE: miltk Sep 2, 2007 03:35 PM

      Despite the, at times, vociferous support of some for The Cottage - I have to speak up here. This place SUCKS. I can't believe it gets the positive reviews some have left on Menupages. I picked all the dishes cited by supporters in their reviews for delivery one night. Every dish was greasy and bland. I'm convinced people like this place for the free wine offered when you dine in the restaurant. 88 Noodle House is a step up, but that realy isn't saying much. The Chow Fun at 88 is pretty nasty and greasy.

      The truth about UWS Chinese food that none of it is really any good. You have to leave the neighborhood if you want decent Chinese. Other Asian food in the UWS can be pretty good. Land is okay for Thai. Saigon Grill is outstanding for it's genre. For Chinese, we have Hunan Balcony, and China Fun. Neither of which is anything to get excited about. Anyone been to Chin Chin, Chaim, or Mr. K's lately?

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        fgf RE: powermd Sep 2, 2007 03:39 PM

        Don't underestimate the positive effects of two liters of free cheap wine on one's dining experience.

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          nativeNYer RE: powermd Sep 2, 2007 04:52 PM

          i agree with you re the cottage. it's amazing that the offering of free wine will influence people to give positive reviews of the FOOD.

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            mattyp4 RE: powermd Apr 30, 2008 01:19 PM

            Hear, hear! The Cottage is WAY bland & WAY overrated. I've been looking for a decent place on the UWS since Hunan Park closed. While I haven't found a worthy replacement, I can tell you what's NOT good: Ivy's Cafe, Lime Leaf, Ollie's & Empire Szechuan Kyoto.

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          valerie RE: bgs31 Jun 24, 2006 11:24 AM

          Yin Cheng on Amsterdam between 67th & 68th is pretty good.

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            Picnic RE: bgs31 Jun 24, 2006 01:55 PM

            I actually have a similar question. I moved to central Harlem but most of the places on the UWS from the 90s on up deliver. I have yet to find a Chinese delivery place I like, and would like to hear some opinions. I've tried Hunan Balcony, Ollie's, etc. I usually end up getting stuff from Saigon Grill.

            I am not a fan of Ginger - overpriced and not very good.

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              LJW RE: Picnic Jun 27, 2006 10:39 PM

              Pearls on 98th and Amsterdam.

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                gloriousfood RE: LJW Sep 3, 2007 09:12 AM

                Does it deliver to Central Harlem? Last time I gave the staff my address and asked this question, they seemed rather perplexed and had to take out a map (I decided against delivery).

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                  mjps2 RE: LJW Sep 5, 2007 11:42 AM

                  Can you tell me what you like to order at Pearls? I've seen it recommended before but I've ordered from there and didn't think it was all that. No better than Ollie's, really (and I'm just looking for *slightly* better. I am willing to give it another shot, though.

                  I also tried dining in there, but I realized it's a free wine place, and the crowd was there only for that - mostly Columbia seniors (I hope) looking to get drunk. Not a good scene so I left.

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                    gloriousfood RE: mjps2 Sep 5, 2007 12:42 PM

                    My favorite dishes there are the watercress shrimp dumplings, curry bean curd, rice cake w/shredded pork & salted veggies, and the sauteed Chinese bok choy. I like the spring roll too--not too greasy and filled with food that I can actually identify. We usually go on weekends and don't notice CU students, but what looks to be mostly a middle-aged crowd from the neighborhood.

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                Catherine C in NYC RE: bgs31 Jun 25, 2006 02:29 PM

                I actually like certain items at China Fun a lot--and I think it is better than the Cottage mentioned above. Their main courses can be hit and miss but they make good dumplings and roast meats. I particularly like their steamed pork, steamed vegetable, and crystal shrimp dumplings and the chichen dumplings in spicy Chinese parsley sauce.

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                  Marine Engineer RE: bgs31 Jun 26, 2006 03:12 AM

                  I'm happy with Wok City, Amsterdam at 67th.

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                    JoanN RE: Marine Engineer Jun 26, 2006 11:55 AM

                    A second for Wok City. Like Yin Cheng for eating in, but have had less success with their delivery.

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                    Whippet RE: bgs31 Jun 27, 2006 10:36 PM

                    88 Noodle House. No question; we've tried most of them. And I find The Cottage absolutely inedible.

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                      may321 RE: Whippet Sep 1, 2007 05:03 PM

                      Why are all the good places closing down? Yin Cheng had the best soup dishes that were affordable on the UWS, and then they closed down. Malaysia Grill also disappeared.

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                        nativeNYer RE: may321 Sep 1, 2007 11:18 PM

                        a strong 2nd for china fun. their dumplings are fantastic. i'd say they serve one of the best batches dumplings in the city even after my chinatown dumpling tour.
                        i also like their stone forest chow fun and singapore noodles. ivy's cafe is also decent especially their scallion pancakes and general tso's chicken. their delivery is speedy but the delivery guys get nasty re the tip even when it's 20%. imo, both of these places are better (by far) than the cottage but i guess it depends on what one has.

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                          idia RE: nativeNYer Sep 2, 2007 08:31 AM

                          Have you tried Shun Lee?
                          I've only eaten in-house and happen to enjoy their food, so cannot really vouch for their take-out, but would definitely be interested in an opinion.

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                            fgf RE: idia Sep 2, 2007 02:49 PM

                            Being in the lower 70s (like me), Grand Sichuan on 51st and 9th will deliver an order of $20 or more if you promise to tip the delivery guy well. Really.

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                              gloriousfood RE: fgf Sep 3, 2007 09:13 AM

                              Isn't this place closed?

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                                mjps2 RE: gloriousfood Sep 9, 2007 09:37 AM

                                Yes. Alas, Grand Sichuan on 51st and 9th is closed.

                                Looks to be replaced soon by an "Indian bistro" based on signage I saw last week.

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                                  RachaelRaysConscience RE: mjps2 Sep 9, 2007 06:55 PM

                                  NO, NO. Say it isn't so. Holy crap, what am I going to do?

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                                    mjps2 RE: RachaelRaysConscience Sep 10, 2007 12:32 PM

                                    Yup. The only one left is in the East Village on St. Marks. Needless to say, I've been going down to the EV a lot more than I normally do.

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                                      RachaelRaysConscience RE: mjps2 Sep 10, 2007 12:57 PM

                                      What about Lex in the low 30's? And there was a Chelsea location too, I think. The one on Lex had a menu very similar to 51st street, plus Hot Pot. Love the Hot Pot.

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                              nativeNYer RE: idia Sep 3, 2007 08:27 PM

                              i tried shun lee once for eat in. totally americanized in my opinion. too expensive and over-hyped.

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                        cimui RE: bgs31 Sep 10, 2007 12:46 PM

                        I'm with Catherine_C. The food at China Fun is pretty good--at least the dim sum, weekend breakfast, sauteed veggies, and crispy duck items, which are all I ever order anywhere.

                        Pearls isn't bad, but the dim sum portions are smaller and much more expensive. The one thing they do better than China Fun is the egg custard tart.

                        Shun Lee is terrible in my experience. (I've only been there three times, but that was plenty for me.)

                        Yin Cheng is (or I guess, was!) great for fried American-style items like fried chicken or fried fish and chips, but I'm not sure it's the greatest for other things. Plus, the space scared me a bit. It was a bit grungy.

                        Depending on where you grew up in Cali, you won't really find a place in this part of Manhattan that'll be up to your standards.

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