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Jul 20, 2006 01:02 AM

Cantonese in Chinatown, had to let you know

We've been searching for a while, think we got lucky last night. Had:
Cantonese Dungeness Crab, Young Chow fried rice, sauted eggplant, crispy chilian sea bass, peking pork chops,shrimp in lobster sauce (the 88 year old's request)clams in black bean sauce and a combo dim sum app (spring roll was a bit greasy, but har chow and shu mai were great. As was everything else, in addition service was attentive and bathrooms were CLEAN! Am I dreaming??? Has anyone else been? Saw fried spring chicken, pea shoots and lobster on other tables that looked great.

Let me know.

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  1. Dying to know where we were, right??

    Sorry about that.

    Chatham Sq Restaurant
    6 Chatham Square

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    1. re: jbh

      My not-so-secret dim sum find at this place is their deep fried taro puff/balls (or whatever that's called). Best I've found in Chtown, it looks like the picture below--

      1. re: bokkyo

        If you like those taro balls (the woo gok) try the flattened version too. It's sorta like a taro pancake. It's crispier than the balls and the outside is made of shredded strips of taro. Also great are the fried dumplings.

        The tripe there is great as well. Most places make you take the tripe with daikon but here you can just get the tripe by itself and its a HUGE portion.

        My standard solo meal is the taro ball + plus the taro pancake + an order of tripe + fried dumplings + spare ribs + shrimp or beef in the white noodles. I'm so full and it's almost under 10 bucks since the normal dimsum is only 1.70 a pop.

      2. re: jbh

        I'll agree that the food is excellent but a clean bathroom is something that I've never seen there and I'm in there once or twice a week.

        Other things to try include the fried oyster casserole, the salt baked squid/pork chops, Cantonese style blue crabs( the standard ginger and scallions version is good too but it deprives you of the bits of egg + sauteed meat), the steamed carp...blah I'm hungry to get some food

      3. I've heard good stuff about the dim sum there. Thanks for the report.

        1. Didn't want to post or make a judgment based on just one visit, but I found Chatham Sq to be quite good.

          1. I'm pretty sure those taro dumplings are called woo gok. They're one of my favorite dim sum items, though you can't eat too many because they're so heavy. I'll have to make a visit to Chatham Sq.

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            1. re: Krista G

              Thanks for the name of that dish! If I'm not mistaken, Chatham adds flavor with a little mushroom alongside the ground taro/pork.

              1. re: Krista G

                Yep they are called woo gok in Cantonese.

              2. Did they expand? Or is the new place next door totally separate? I drove by last weekend and saw New Chatham Sq Restaurant in the window. which is the same name as the one in the old Hop Shing location, isn't it?

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                1. re: rolypoly

                  It didn't expand. They changed their name and got the new sign several years ago.

                  1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                    i was asking about the place next door to New Chatham. It looks new and has the same name or very similar name. I drove by pretty fast so I couldn't get a good look. Which is why I ask if New Chatham has expanded or if the new place next door is totally separate and unrelated. or was i just hallucinating..

                    1. re: rolypoly

                      Oh that place with the unreadable name/ugly sign that took that Pho Bang spot. It's new.