Chinese in South Brooklyn?
Is there anyplace to eat Chinese food of any type in the Heights/Ft. Greene/ Washington Heights/ Park Slope/ Carroll Gardens/ Red Hook area? There must be! Been frequenting Great NY Noodletown late nights- I wish I was frequenting Great Brooklyn Noodletown! Is there a comparable place in Chinatown Brooklyn? (the Sunset Park one- Ave. U is too far, as is Flushing, although I often do both).
I like Joy's K on Bay Parkway- solid Mandarin place with very good dim sum. But I need a place closer to home. Is there a Noodletown equivalent on 8th Ave?
Unfortunately all the Chinese spots in the Slope have gentrified menus. However, the good gentrified ones being Hunan Wok on 7th Avenue by Union, Tofu on 7th Avenue between 3rd and 4th st and, Red Hot Szechuan on 7th Avenue and 11th st. Hunan Delight on Unon and 6th ave has it's on and off days. The rest just plain suck.
The interesting question is why there are no good, or in my view even marginally decent, Chinese retaurants anywhere from Manhattan all the way out to Sunset Park. Given the population in the area, and their wealth, one would think that even a pretty good Chinese would do great business, and could also get away with charging somewhat higher prices to offset the higher rents. But then the relative culinary barrenness of my old neighborhood (the Slope) always did baffle me.
re: Woodside Al
Missed this one before starting a new thread- anyway here's my two cents from my post:
I know people might not necc. think that "best" and "chinese food" go together- but I'm originally from Jersey where nothing beat some good general cho's.
My favorite is Lee's Villa on Lawrence st. right off Fulton Mall. It's a divey large sit down place- I've had everything from chicken with triple nut to kung po chicken - and I don't know why- I just crave the food at this place.
Though not so hot overall- I really like the General Tso's at Red Hot Schezuan in the slope.
Chinese food can be heavenly if made correctly. Unfortunately, Chinese food has gone out of fashion in NY and while there are many adequate Chinese restaurants in Brooklyn, none are outstanding.
We have found that the food at FORTUNE HOUSE on Henry Street has good food, especially their Shrimp dishes and their Fried Rice. Everything is fresh and good quality. ANDY'S on Montague Street uses all fresh, no canned ingredients and some of the dishes are nice. LICHEE NUT on Montague Street is also good for some dishes.
I think that is a starting point... fresh ingredients, nicely prepared.. the other is a matter of what dishes one orders and ones personal taste.