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Lai Yuen-4th Avenue Brooklyn-is it worth the money?

kernel Dec 12, 2006 01:49 PM

Neighbors told us they had the best Chinese food ever-Americanized-at this place but expensive, very. Any comments?

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    carfreeinla Jan 15, 2007 01:34 AM

    We have eaten here once- just once. Food was average at best. Did not see the quality ingredients that others have mentioned. Way too expensive for ho hum food.

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      irvingk Dec 28, 2006 08:08 PM

      Lai Yuen has very nice decor. Service is always first rate. It also has the best Chinese food in Brooklyn. Everything is delicious. They are a little on the expensive side, but well worth the price. Enjoy

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        haleyjen Dec 28, 2006 02:10 PM

        They do have a really great "Lai Yuen" won ton soup with lots of yummy stuff in it, and amazing spareribs.

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          scooter Dec 12, 2006 03:06 PM

          4th Ave & 104th St. It is fun and just a little silly. Decor is like a "nice" hotel restaurant with all wood paneling, a big fish tank, etc. Waiters come and plate the food for you - no chopsticks here.

          We are talking ca. $20 entrees.

          Generally the dishes use really nice ingredients (nice large shrimp, lobster, steak), and seem to tend toward the sweet side. Lobster in a very sweet sauce seemed like a waste, but Grand Marnier shrimp, some sushi, a side of chinese broccoli were all winners.

          So, I'd say try it if you are in a decadent mood. If you are a "serious" Chinese food fan, forget about it.

          Another, slightly more fusiony option a few blocks away is Nouvelle. You lose the luxe atmosphere, though.

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            scooter Jan 17, 2007 01:45 AM

            Writing about Lai Yuen made my wife and I miss the place, so we headed back this evening. For the most part I stand by my assessment except for the word "luxe" to describe the decor (which, like I said, it kind of like a hotel restaurant or roomy "nice" suburban place.) The vibe was a bit on the tacky side, like Embers up the street, and everybody was dressed quite casually (including us.) Service was classy and attentive, though.

            My crispy whole sea bass was a bit disappointing (sweet sauce was a bit too much, and a "whole fish" is smaller than you expect; it's the same at Grand Szechuan.) Wife's filet mignon in black pepper sauce was fine, bananas flambee for dessert was totally worth it.

            Over all, I wish it was 30% cheaper, but it was laid-back and silly fun.

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            Peter Cherches Dec 12, 2006 02:37 PM

            Is this way down in Bay Ridge? My brother told me about a "Shun Lee-type place."

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