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Aug 31, 2007 01:49 PM

Good chinese on the UES?

Random, I know...but does anyone have recommendations for good chinese on the UES? And, though even more of a long shot - a place that has good steamed pork buns would be even better.

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  1. Our order-in place is Cafe Evergreen.. particularly for the pork buns. Also, there's Shanghai Pavilion. Wu Liang Ye is a big favorite on this board. (Have never had the pork buns.)

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    1. re: Gelaine

      I just recently moved to the UES, and love Chinese food, so I am also looking for suggestions. I live near Wu Liang Ye and know how popular it is among chowhounds, but after 3 meals, I am still waiting to be impressed. I tend to eat later than others, so maybe I haven't hit the right times and days of the week to catch their superstar chef.

      Otherwise, I can say that I didn't care for the often-praised ribs from Pig Heaven, or their shrimp with black bean sauce.

      I've had a few satisfactory late-night deliveries from Chinatown East (decent lamb dishes, for example, which can be hard to find at corner Chinese places) - and yes, I know it verges on sacrilege to mention late-night takeout in the same post as gourmet food from Wu Liang Ye.

      1. re: racer x

        This thread may or may not help:

        I'm not particularly knowledgeable about Chinese food, and when I first went to, and ordered from, WLY, I was disappointed - ordered my ordinary Chinese food fare that it turns out isn't what WLY excels at. I've since been back several times with those more knowledgeable than I, and had fantastic meals. And, I happen to have a menu right here in my nightstand drawer:

        House Cured Pork sauteed with Garlic Bolts
        Sauteed Sponge Cucumbers
        Sliced Scungilli with Roasted Chili Vinaigrette
        Sliced Beef Tendon with Roasted Chili Vinaigrette
        Hand Shredded Chicken with Spicy Sesame Vinaigrette
        Julienne Jelly Fish with Scallion Pesto
        Sichuan Pork Dumpling with Roasted Chili Vinaigrette.

        I think you can order a platter with a combination of 4 appetizers, that you select, so that might be a good way to try things out.

        Hope this helps!

        Edit - I should add, until my visit with friends, I can assure you that I'd not heard of, or heard of eating: beef tendons, scungilli, sponge cucumbers or garlic bolts - but all were delicious.

        1. re: MMRuth

          You've made me hungry! Three cheers for the house cured pork, beef tendon, and the jelly fish with scallion pesto!

    2. Six Happiness is pretty consistent and righteous!

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      1. re: funkjester

        Where is that? Couldn't find it when I tried to "link to a place". Any particular dishes that you've enjoyed there? Thanks!

        1. re: MMRuth

          2nd Ave, bet. 73rd and 74th, I think. We LOVE their pineapple chicken (cliche-sounding, I know, but they really do it right), and their orange beef is to die for. Also have had very good seseme chicken, fried dumplings, but we almost always order different stuff + the pineapple chicken.

          1. re: funkjester

            Thanks - I've added a link

            Six Happiness
            1413 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

      2. Personally, I love Chef Ho's Peking Duck. It's on 2nd. I think it's around 89, definitely below the construction. Their duck is excellent. All of their wok food is head and shoulders above the hole in the wall joints, and their steamed buns are very tastey. The best Chinese I've ever had? not by a long shot. But for the hood it's really above average.

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        1. re: AtomicLunch

          I agree - don't like their dumplings - very heavy - but the duck is great - and you can get half a duck, which I like. Also - the won ton soup is actually very good - I love it when I have a cold!

        2. I really like Noodles 28, 85th/2nd. I particularly like their cold sesame noodles (hold your hissing - it's one way I can tell if a place makes things fresh and with an original take, as opposed to sesame/peanut paste out of a jar). Good, fresh dumplings, etc.

          1. Third on the Peking Duck from Chef Ho's. Also, second the schezuan pork dumplings at WLY.