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Review - Ollie's Broadway (1991 BROADWAY , 212-595-8181)

AKR Nov 3, 2006 09:10 PM

Review - Ollie's Broadway (1991 BROADWAY , 212-595-8181)

It's ok if you are in a hurry. It's well located on the UWS and is quick and inexpensive. That being said the dumplings aren't that good although the soups are ok. The take out area / waiting area is pretty uncharming. I guess if you need to see a movie and are pressed for time, it works.


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    plf515 RE: AKR Nov 3, 2006 09:55 PM


    This Ollies is, in my opinion, one of the worst Chinese restaurants in Manhattan. OK, you're right, it is quick and inexpensive. But I wouldn't eat there again unless they paid me a considerable amount

    Not that there any really GOOD Chinese places on the UWS.....unless they are hiding

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      asdf RE: AKR Nov 4, 2006 01:17 AM

      Horrible place with zero service and overly-salty food. A bad way to end a good night the last and only time I went. Is the Ollie's chain all like this, or did I catch them on a bad night? - because many people seem to be recommending Ollie's on other threads I've read.

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        plf515 RE: AKR Nov 4, 2006 10:21 AM

        The one in Times Sq. is quite a bit better; although still not great last time I went (admittedly that was years ago). There have been threads about Ollies more recently saying the Times Sq branch was decent.

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          MikeG RE: AKR Nov 4, 2006 11:57 AM

          That outpost is noteworthily worse than either of the other two. IMO, Lincoln Center is best, TS is OK if you're in the area, the one on in th 80s, is really quite awful.

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            cimui RE: MikeG Oct 12, 2008 09:52 PM

            i agree: the lincoln center location is better than the others. the red roast pork, soup dumplings, and white turnip cake are actually decent, there.

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            jasmurph RE: AKR Nov 4, 2006 12:08 PM

            About 8 years ago, I got something there for lunch, and it came with a bonus: a cigarette butt, tucked inside the noodles. yum. i guess i don't really have to say, I've not been back. I wonder why sowmone would put up a post about a mediocre chain restaurant, complete with phone number and address, only to say it's mediocre? Anyone want to review McDOnald's or TGI Friday's?

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              Picnic RE: AKR Nov 4, 2006 04:37 PM


              1. Uptownflavor RE: AKR Nov 9, 2006 05:46 PM

                Although China Fun is also a chain, I find that they are much better than Ollie's. I went to that oversized monstrocity on Broadway and felt it was overcrowded, too noisy and poorly serviced.

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                  pollyvonwog RE: AKR Nov 9, 2006 06:56 PM

                  I think the ollies up by columbia is pretty decent actually. Definitely much better than that one.

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                    Nutritious Jane RE: pollyvonwog Oct 11, 2008 06:39 PM

                    yup, after 2 years, it still sucks. The soup noodles are preboiled and the broth is so watery. They do give you a lot. Now I know why my columbia u friends used to crave chinese food when they visited me downtown.

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                    gorlanko RE: AKR Oct 12, 2008 06:56 PM

                    I'm with the consensus, any noodle house in Chinatown trumps Ollie's, awful dreck.

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