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Jun 27, 2006 02:32 PM

Ping's or New Green Bo Sunday?

We're coming to Manhattan again this weekend and figured that after Saturday's dinner at Le Bernardin we'd hit Chinatown for a more casual dinner. After checking the board, we've narrowed it down to New Green Bo and Ping's. Any thoughts on favorite dishes or which you prefer? Also, neither takes reservations, correct? When is the best time of evening to go? TIA?

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  1. Well it depends if your in the mood for cantonese (pings) or shanghainese(NGB) food. New green bo is much more casual option and I would go there instead.

    1. I feel that the quality of food at Pings is much better than at New Green Bo, and with a more interesting menu. I haven't been to either in awhile, but also felt the service and cleanliness was at a much higher level at Pings.

      1. I haven't been to Ping's but I have been to New Green Bo and absolutely love it! They have some truly great soup dumplings and fried dumplings. There's usually a bit of a wait, but the service is such that people move quickly through. And it certainly is casual

        1. They're very different. Totally different cuisine & atmosphere. Both excellent, but night & day. Ping's is much better for a more leisurely dinner, but is probably best with a group (though any Chinese is). They probably only take reservations for large groups, which I do all the time.

          Any live seafood, especially if they have fresh scallops or oysters in the shell with X.O. Sauce, live shrimp, whole fish, squid with X.O. sauce, pea shoots with crab meat or any other seasonal green, Ta-Pang mei fun, minced squab "taco," lamb chop w/ black pepper sauce, etc.

          1. I agree with the above - Ping's is a fancier restaurant with tablecloths and it can accommodate a lot more people in a group than New Green Bo which is small and cramped and you'll probably have to wait with a group of more than 4. You can also linger and talk at Ping's and New Green Bo is more of an eat and get out place.

            I also agree that Ping's is great for live seafood and not as good for the dim sum or some of the other meat dishes. New Green Bo does have great dumplings. If you're just 2 of you or in the mood for an adventure - go for some dumplings and apps. at New Green Bo and then walk a couple of blocks and have some seafood entrees at Ping's.