Chinatown with 10 Quaker teenagers
I've been asked to suggest a place for a Quaker youth group to go for dinner in Chinatown. I need some help.
The kids are smart and curious and generally well behaved. They live in the city, so they won't be daunted by Chinatown (though none of them have their own suggestions for places to eat there).
My own experience in Chinatown is limited to New Green Bo, which doesn't seem like the right choice (too small and chaotic), and Joe's Shanghai, which seems more viable but I'm not so enthusiastic about (I'd rather go somewhere that's a little more centrally located more in the middle of things).
So -- any suggestions would be much appreciated!
Jing Fong is a nice combination of decent food and Hong Kong restaurant palace style ambience.
What bearing does their religion have on your choice of restaurant? I am not asking this to be contentious; I am sincerely ignorant as to whether Quakers have certain special tastes/dietary restrictions/general opinions about food and drink and spending money that might affect your dining preferences.
I'd urge you to go to the New Big Wang on Bayard and Elizabeth, which is large and well lit. Prices are reasonable, but it feels a bit nicer than other places down there. Food is fabulous. If they have the lamb chops, they're great. All the noodle dishes are wonderful. We often get pan fried noodles with chicken or pork, the double lobsters with garlic or with black bean sauce are sensational, sauteed string beans are wonderful and so is everything else we've tried. It's true that being a Quaker has absolutely nothing to do with appetite but our son went to a Quaker school (we're not Quakers) and he loves this place. It can get crowded so you may want to go early to get a large table. If Richard, the manager is there, you can ask him to suggest things. He's lovely.
Just make sure to share family style. It pains me in the stomach to see diners order their own platter dish of noodles, beef or fish.
Thanks for all the feedback. They ended up making a spontaneous choice of Dragon Palace on Center St. I wasn't with them, but the report is that they had fun and liked what they ate.
I identified them as Quakers because they were on a Quaker-organized outing. I realize religion can be a touchy subject, but in this context it seems pretty innocuous. There are no special Quaker dietary restrictions that I'm aware of. (I'm not a Quaker, but my girlfriend is. To judge by her, the Quaker diet revolves around hot dogs and cupcakes.)