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Best Mott Street Chinese?

Over the years I've had people recommend places on Mott for great (various region) Chinese and I always forget to follow up. I also forget to write their recommendations down and the places I've heard about have all been known only by their addresses. (I'm a man of words, not numbers.) Who has a favorite that's name is a number?

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  1. Don't have the number, but I was up in NYC for training last week and I went to the Peking Duck House one night for dinner on Mott. It was very good. Chef wheeled out the duck from the kitchen and sliced it tableside. It was $40 for the duck.

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    1. re: sbouldin

      I agree on Peking Duck House being the best on Mott, but it is also a different price range from something like Wo Hop. I think the places known by mostly number are usually those on the west side of Mott between Mosco and Bowery, like Wo Hop and Hop Kee. Generally, people seem to prefer eating in the basements. A good friend who no longer work in the city gets jealous everytime I tell him I am eating at Wo Hop. I think it has good food for a reasonable price, but it is nothing that I would cross town to eat.

      1. re: Captain

        Wo Hop is nothing special. In fact, it is less than nothing special. Dressed up take out in a sea of amazing food.

      2. re: sbouldin

        THE PEKING DUCK HOUSE IS TERRIBLE the peking duck house is for out of towners and upper east side people who tell their friends they are going to chinatown the duck there is ok with the chefs leaving way to much fat on what is supposed to be crispy skin there is nothing else on the menu that is anything but mediocre most of it is terrible if you want to know where to go in chinatown here is the list of people in the know ive been living there for 20 years congee 98 bowery congee village allen and delancy kam chueh on bowery
        pings on mott oriental garden seafood wo hop and hp kee are for suburban houswives and their husbands also wonton garden for great noodles

      3. Amazing 66, 66 Mott St. Something for everyone--numbers and words!

        1. Big fan of Big Wong!

          The BEST (I mean it) congee anywhere and the soup noodle dishes are near perfect.
          Cheap, cheap, cheap to boot.

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          1. re: GoddessofFood

            Big Wong has good congee? I love congee! Is it better than the congee at NY Noodletown?

            1. re: HankyT

              IMO yes. I found the congee at NY Noodletown too watery and less "rice" flavor. Big Wong has the kind of traditional congee that they serve in Hong Kong.

              A side note though, I know there are people who like the more "contemporary" version of congee which tends to be more watery and with more ingredients (think Congee Village). It is really a personal preference, and as far as congee goes, I prefer Big Wong

              1. re: HankyT

                Nooooo! Unless you love tons of MSG in your congee!

                1. re: pinkylechat

                  I haven't found any congee place (or any Chinese restaurants for that matter) that do not use MSG. In fact I found Big Wong to be lighter on MSG compared to other places like Congee Village. It will be great if you can kindly suggest a place that does not use MSG (or on the light side)

                  1. re: kobetobiko

                    I know big wong has it, but at your fav place if you want congee w/o msg ask for that congee topping w/ plain congee. "bak jook dai" but forewarned it has almost no taste just rice n water.

                    1. re: pinkylechat

                      If you can eat chips, you can have msg.

                    2. re: HankyT

                      Bar none. Absolutely mind-blowing, smack yourself good.

                    3. re: GoddessofFood

                      I'm a Big Wong stalwart too. Best BBQ roast pork in the city.

                      1. re: theannerska

                        Their congee with thousand year old eggs and shredded beef is the meal I'd have before my execution.

                        1. re: theannerska

                          yeah i agree with that. i think everything i've had there i like better than NY noodletown.

                          1. re: Renguin

                            Big Wong has a roast pork omelet served over rice that is wonderful. Wish it was open later than it is!

                            1. re: iluvcookies

                              I LOVE that omelet! also, up the block, theres a place that makes the best scallion pancake, not sure what the name of that restaurant is

                      2. Best Cantonese (regular dining) - Amazing 66
                        Best Cantonese (Congee and BBQ) - Big Wang
                        Best Shanghaiese - Shanghai Cafe

                        1. New Wonton Garden. Love the beef brisket soup with wonton and rice noodles!


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                          1. re: xigua

                            I concur! I have been going to Wonton Garden for years and I love the sweet and sour pork. It is totally different than the deep fried bread clusters in sticky jello sauce you get at take out places. This is shreds of pork in a somewhat spicy sauce served over noodles or in a soup... one must try it to understand the flavor.

                          2. 111 Mott.
                            New Chao Chao Restaurant
                            Best Chao Chao Wonton Noodle Soup.

                            1. I concur with the houndees about Big Wong, hop kee, peking duck, wop hor, they are really good food, however, when we go there, we drive from Boston, and the parking is an ordeal, any tips about where to park.

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                              1. re: openonymous

                                Cheapest place to park in the Chinatown area is the garage on Allen Street just south of Grand Street on the southbound side. Get there before 10am and its $15.00 until 6:00pm. get there after 10am and its $18.00...which is still cheap compared to the other lots in the area.

                                If you don't mind a 10-15 minute walk, you can park cheaply by the hour at the NYC Municipal Parking lot at 105 Essex St, just north of Delancey St (212) 529-8824, rates are: First hour: $2.50, $1.50 for each additional hour.

                                - Chinatown Mike

                                1. re: openonymous

                                  i never drive/park there, but have noticed walking by there's a parking garage on the corner of mott and grand st. that's in the botom of an apartment building. a block north of canal.

                                  1. re: openonymous

                                    Naturally, this all depends on what section you are entering in Chinatown, but on the weekends, Henry Street, Baxter, Bayard and Walker all have reasonable outdoor parking lots. On Worth Street in the Federal area there are a few indoor garages as well. all are $20 or less for three hours.....If you cross Canal Street on the North side(Little Italy), the parking becomes more expensive. As for free street parking, south of Canal from Church to Baxter to Worth grid is best for weekends or evenings after 7 PM.

                                  2. Why just on Mott?
                                    Best Seafood : Mr. Tangs (mott/bayard) of Fuleens on E.Bway.

                                    1. Amazing 66. Peking Duck House is a waste of time, money and appetite.

                                      1. Wow, what a loaded question, lol...well everything I learned about Mott St, I got from some good friends who happen to have spent 80% of their adult lives in a 4 block radius of Pings. I feel like I ate about 2 meals a day in that area for months, lol...but I loved it. In my opinion....Pings was always a great reliable for the basics (walnut shrimp, crispy chicken with amazing slivers of garlic, addictive pea shoots, yung chow fried rice with lots of ham, shrimp, raisins and chinese sausage) and I also loved having sunday yum cha there (taro cake, shrimp dumplings, chicken feet, pork spare ribs, fried shrimp balls, etc). In general, I'm not crazy about having dim sum in stadiums.
                                        Big Wongs was definitely the place to go for congee, but (I'm ashamed to say) I've never liked congee or the korean version, juk. Something about it reminds of being sick in bed, lol.
                                        And I agree that Hop Kee is for suburbanites and outsiders, lol, but its still super yummy to me, especially late late at night after partying. The stir-fried crabs are worth the work to eat, I love their simple dishes and pig out on snails and beef with mushrooms. (I'm a minimalist) If Hop Kee is closed then I'm still happy to soak up any alcohol with some fried pork chops at 69 on Bayard. If 69 is closed then I will eat at basement Wo Hop but only if I'm starved to the point of near death. Its just awful there.
                                        Peking Duck House is a fancy splurge for decent duck, but overly heavy everything else, and it feels like a rip off when everything else on Mott is better and cheaper.
                                        But what I really really miss is the old school teahouse diner that used to be parked right above Hop Kee on the corner of Mott and Mosco. I loved parking at the counter for supercheap, yummy har gaw, pork spare ribs, a pork bun and a coffee/tea combo, and just listen to the regulars talk despite not understanding a word.
                                        (oh and now that I think about it, I also miss this one shortlived spot that was another basement spot, a little further down Mott, across from Sweet and Tart and Ajisen. They had really yummy peking duck but even better, it was served with supersoft white steamed folded buns instead of the wrappers you usually get. Waaaay better, lol.)

                                        1. I just returned to FL after 5 days in Manhattan. A former resident, I hadn't been back since I left in '76, and relied on this board for Chinatown suggestions. So my friend and I went to Hop Kee on Mott for the duck wonton soup and some egg rolls and found both delicious. The soup was in a bowl that my friend and I split, but couldn't finish. Duck on the bone in the broth and also apparently in the wontons. Delicious. The more we ate, the better it got. The 2 egg rolls were humongous and had tiny shrimp (though no particular kind of egg roll was ordered by my friend.) I only had 2 bites, as I didn't want to spoil my appetite for dinner, but it was excellent. My friend took the remaining egg roll home.

                                          From there we went to Amazing 66 for dinner. From suggestions here, we ordered the Braised Duck with 8 Things, and my friend ordered spareribs but didn't specify. They weren't greasy, but were very salty and had a strange odor...but delicious. The duck and shrimp in the main dish were very good, as was the sauce, but we really should have ordered something more pedestrian, as some of the "things" were unfamiliar to us and we weren't that adventurous. I had a piece of something that looked like it might be chicken or pork, but had a fishy taste and was very chewy. There was some sort of braided thing. Was that intestine? I don't know, but we didn't want to find out.

                                          We both felt that we should have either ordered something more familiar, or had dinner at Hop Kee instead. However, she had asked me to locate a restaurant that accepts credit cards (Hop Kee doesn't), while I was dying to try that duck wonton soup at Hop Kee.

                                          I'm going to try to return in Sept. If we make it to Chinatown, we'll return to Hop Kee and maybe try Cantoon Garden. My taxi passed Congee Village on the way out of town, and I noted location for the future.