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I realize that this is awfully last-minute (and apologize for same) but a very adventurous friend (with a very good palate) wants to do Chinatown with no reservations tomorrow night, and yes, I mean in both senses of the word. Not looking for "Fear Factor" food, but something not to be found on a takeout menu. And frog legs are a priority!

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  1. Well for frog, see designerboy01's comment at the end of the Amazing 66 thread.

    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/340879

    1. Yes, I recommend that place for frog legs. They don't give you much frog legs at Congee Village (both locations). Just be more worried if it doesn't taste like chicken...:) Did you know that Nathan's once served frog legs?

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      1. re: designerboy01

        both locations? does CV have another location?

        1. re: Polecat

          Congee Bowery, 207 Bowery, 212-766-2828

        2. re: designerboy01

          Nathan's doesn't still serve frog's legs?

          1. re: Pan

            I'm not sure but the last time I went there I saw it on the menu down at Coney Island. Even if they do serve it I don't know if I would eat it. I don't get the impression that there is a lot of people who go to Nathan's for the frog legs. You can be the brave one but do report if you come back alive.

            1. re: designerboy01

              It won't be me: I don't like frog.

        3. Yes, Amazing 66 is amazing. There are a lot of other amazing places too. I always love casseroles. Fish head casserole is just about my favorite. (I don't think Amazing 66 has fish head, though, but it has lots of other stuff.) Or you can go Shanghainese and order Dongpo pork somewhere. Basically a big slab of fat... but the most delicious fat you ever tasted.

          Check out this post, it might help.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/342344

          1. go get some crab and pork soup dumplings at joes' shanghai to start

            1. There is a fantastic Chinese Seafood spot on Bowery between Canal and Bayard. It is the one next door to the garage entrance and is a bit upscale for my usual chinatown habits. Either way it's my favorite.

              This is a nice clean place, maybe a step up from Joe's Shanghai. They have amazingly fresh seafood. I would try and order from the host who is very very helpful and has been there a long time. I just tell him what I want and he offers me the preparations to choose from and his personal recommendations. I usually get either a large lobster or a crab dish along with with a fresh shrimp/prawns and an order of baby snow pea leaves. I have always just ordered shellfish here but would definately like to try some fish next time. Anyway the seafood here is bar none. If lobster crab and shrimp aren't exciting enough I have seen large chinese families chowing down on all kinds of exotic (to my eye) dishes.

              This is really an excellent place that I can't speak highly enough of. I have been to all the well known chinatown places many times and this is my current favorite, I think it is much much better than Congee and Joe's as far as seafood goes, and if you're gonna be adventurous might as well know you're doing it at a class joint. A shame I can't remember the name. I hope you try it and report back, you will not be disappointed.

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              1. re: 2slices

                Would it be HFS?

                1. re: Polecat

                  no. I'd know the name if I saw it. Grrrr this is driving me crazy. Wait...googling...

                  Kam Chueh!!!!!!!
                  40 Bowery b/w Canal & Bayard. Go now.

              2. I know this response is a few days late but have to suggest Peking Duck House on Mott Street. Crispy duck is served to your table freshly sliced by the chef which you can then wrap in a warm tortilla. They give you julienned green onions and cucumbers and hoisin sauce to add to the duck. It is a must for people who are looking for something different. They also have a regular menu. I also second Joe's Shanghai for their soup dumplings.