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bigandtall Feb 28, 2008 09:38 AM

I've been reading that it closed earlier this week. Does anyone have any info on this? We loved going there. Very dependably good food.

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    jimmyjazz Feb 28, 2008 04:10 PM

    ordered from there earlier this week; same as always.

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      mmm...food Feb 29, 2008 03:20 AM

      There's a report on Brownstoner that says its closed. Too bad. It was a decent place for delivery. There are a disconcerting number of restaurants in the south slope that have closed recently.

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        bigandtall Feb 29, 2008 01:06 PM

        I heard it closed on wednesday...

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          acemdin Feb 29, 2008 04:06 PM

          The Tuesday Brownstoner reported the phones were unanswered Monday.

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            brooklynbrownie Mar 2, 2008 04:11 PM

            Walked by there today. The doors were open but no one was around. All the tables had been cleared out. Sad. :(

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              acemdin Mar 2, 2008 04:52 PM

              I asked one of the guys clearing it out what happened, and he replied "the lease."

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                brooklynbrownie Mar 2, 2008 05:18 PM

                So sad. I wish the owners the best.

      2. PlomeekSoup Mar 2, 2008 12:20 PM

        NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

        We drive from Flushing for their vegetarian options (not a fan of Buddha Bodai) 'cause they're so damn good.

        :(

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          bebevonbernstein Mar 3, 2008 02:21 AM

          I walked by when they were cleaning it all out -- the owner just said they were retiring. He said he would miss everyone!

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            jinx Mar 3, 2008 08:25 AM

            this really does leave a void in our Chinese delivery options. It wasn't great, but it was decent and at least I could count on it not to have MSG (which I am very sensitive to.) Plus it was really really fast. Now I really don't know where I will get Chinese delivery from!

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              Widmark Mar 3, 2008 12:45 PM

              Hunan Delight on 6th and Union and Hunan Wok on 5th are both similarly good american chinese.

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                jinx Mar 4, 2008 05:07 AM

                Not sure they'd deliver this far---we are in Windsor Terrace.

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                  wleatherette Mar 4, 2008 05:44 AM

                  it 's probably worth checking with them. this was some years ago but when i used to order from them, they had a really wide delivery area.

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                    TBird Jun 27, 2008 06:30 PM

                    it was, uh, open on my way home this evening. i swear. same name. what's up with that?

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            SamScaff Jun 27, 2008 09:48 PM

            The sign now says "Red Hot II" and something in Chinese. There is a grand opening sign in the window and streamers (is that what theyre called?) outside.

            I dont know if its any different. My only wish would be that they now serve real Sichuan food. But I doubt that.

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            Red Hot
            349 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              faerienyc Jun 28, 2008 04:19 PM

              We just walked by and the menu looked the same. They moved the register/counter from the 7th Ave side to the 10 St. side. It was pretty busy inside.

              My wish is that is will be better than it was when it closed. We used order from there all the time and in the past year - 18 months it had seriously gone downhill.

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                Jadro_Staad Jun 29, 2008 06:55 PM

                I hope it will be better than it was previous to closing.

                It was a somewhat reliable takeout in a pinch; however, I agree with a previous poster, something regionally specific would be great, but the Park Slope demographic, regrettably, asks for a more suburban Chinese experience,

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                  Bob Martinez Jun 30, 2008 09:20 AM

                  "... but the Park Slope demographic, regrettably, asks for a more suburban Chinese experience,"

                  It's not as if branches of Grand Sichuan and Spicy & Tasty opened up in Park Slope and failed. It would be nice if someone would try serving good Chinese food in the Slope. I'll bet it would be successful. As it stands now I've got to drive out to Bay Ridge and Grand Sichuan House to get the good stuff.

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                    jimmyjazz Jun 30, 2008 06:39 PM

                    Jadro, if you are aware of any 'urban' alternatives in the area, please let us know, as I'd love a more authentic option. Red Hot may not stand up to the best of Flushing or Sunset Park, but it's generally reliable and certainly an above average take out option. sorry if the 'Park Slope demographic' doesn't quite live up to your culinary standards.

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                  McJ Jun 30, 2008 08:48 AM

                  I saw this downhill too

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                    tiger2 Jun 30, 2008 06:55 PM

                    I'm happy to hear that it's back. I've missed Red Hot's hot and sour soup and chicken with hot pepper sauce and peanuts these past few months. They're just not the same anywhere else in the neighborhood.

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                      jinx Jul 1, 2008 09:39 PM

                      We ordered from there tonight. It seems to be the same owners because they still had all our info in the computer--just gave our phone number and they had it all. And as before, the food was at our door in impossibly quick time...I swear it had to have left there the second we put down the phone, because it was here in 10 minutes (and we are in Windsor Terrace.) Doesn't seem possible!

                      As to the food, it seemed pretty much the same, maybe even a tad better than it had been in the few months before they closed. I'm glad to have them back. (I just wish though, that they'd put Chinese veggies in the dishes instead of zucchini and broccoli. Would love to have water chestnuts, bamboo shoots, bean sprouts, bok choy, etc. )

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                        faerienyc Jul 6, 2008 08:38 AM

                        We ordered from there last night - like Jinx said - they still had our info and they were here in 10 minutes even though they told us 20 minutes. The food was definitely better than it had been in the months before it closed - hopefully they can stick with this trend.

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                          TBird Aug 6, 2008 03:28 PM

                          ordered delivery recently. dumplings and rice, both bland and useless. bummer.

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                michelley Aug 6, 2008 03:53 PM

                I ordered a couple of things of their hot menu. It was ok, but made with jalapino peppers,
                which made it taste like some mexican/chinese fusion.

                1. Miss Needle Apr 22, 2011 05:26 PM

                  Wanted to say that I actually had something that was decent there today. Ordered the "chow mein chinatown style" to go. They actually packed the pan-fried noodles and the meats/veggies separately so that the gravy wouldn't make the noodles soggy. I had a choice of white or brown sauce -- chose the white. Came with chicken, shrimp and scallops and shitakes and veggies. Mind you, it's not destination food -- you'll find better renditions in the C-towns. But if you're looking to stay in the neighborhood, that dish is not a bad choice. I've had a bunch of other things from there -- I would say my next best thing I've had there was the young chow fried rice.

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