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jkpavel Mar 27, 2008 07:18 PM

Going to the Met tomorrow and looking for moderatly priced recomendations nearby. I know of Wuliangye and Our Place, but im looking to see what else may be available.


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    eastvillgirl RE: jkpavel Mar 27, 2008 08:32 PM

    I'm afraid I don't have additional recs, but if you do go to Wu Liang Ye, I heartily recommend the Ma Paul Tofu, which is extravagantly porky and spicy, and the Dan Dan noodles. Also, the Szechuan Pork Dumplings in roasted chili vinaigrette. Enjoy the museum!

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      ajs42548 RE: jkpavel Mar 27, 2008 08:48 PM

      Also Chef Ho is highly recommended.

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        MMRuth RE: ajs42548 Mar 28, 2008 05:17 AM

        I like the peking duck at Chef Ho and, surprisingly, the wonton soup, but I don't like their dumplings/scallion pancakes - I think the dough is just too thick.

        Another place to look into is Shanghai Pavilion - sort of fun vibe, but I did think it was a bit expensive. We get takeout from Pig Heaven, and I like it, but we did not enjoy our meal in the restaurant, which is a bit odd.

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          racer x RE: MMRuth Mar 29, 2008 10:54 PM

          The two meals I had from Shanghai Pavilion (delivery) were vile. I would steer far clear of them.

          Chef Ho is one of the better choices on the UES (but that's really not saying much!).

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        UES Mayor RE: jkpavel Mar 28, 2008 04:21 AM

        Nancy Lee's PIG HEAVEN!!! try the ribs!

        1. diablofoodie RE: jkpavel Mar 29, 2008 04:10 PM

          As an Asian food aficionado, only go to Wuliangye on 86th if you are taking your granny. It's some blaaaand food.

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            MMRuth RE: diablofoodie Mar 29, 2008 04:19 PM

            What have you ordered there that was so bland? I've had some lovely and spicy dishes there.

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              diablofoodie RE: MMRuth Mar 29, 2008 04:29 PM

              The food is all right, and the decent service and good location makes it appropriate for company. But--The restaurant is purportedly Sichuanese, and should make good use of huajiao (aromatic numbing peppercorns) which it doesn't. The menu is also not Sichuanese (though it does have some common Sichuan specialties). Additional thing that made me suspicious was I noticed that most of the people who work there are Cantonese (a great cuisine but completely antithetical to Sichuan food.)

              The food is...ok. But definitely not Sichuanese. Tamende lajiaojiang bu la. What can I say.

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                diablofoodie RE: diablofoodie Mar 29, 2008 04:33 PM

                There is another restaurant named Wuliangye. Which actually lives up a little to its moniker. It's in Midtown though.

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                  MMRuth RE: diablofoodie Mar 29, 2008 04:49 PM

                  Thanks - sounds like I should compare and contrast! Any particular dishes that you recommend I try at the Midtown location?

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                    jackieparis RE: MMRuth Mar 29, 2008 06:29 PM

                    I'm not a huge Chinese food fan but I really enjoy Our Place on the UES. The food is so fresh and the service is excellent.

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              racer x RE: diablofoodie Mar 29, 2008 10:52 PM

              Many rave about Wu Liang Ye on 86th (2nd/3rd).

              I wish I were one of them, as it's literally around the corner from where I live; but I've never been impressed.
              However, I have to disagree with the statement that all their food is bland. Anyone who says that just has not sampled enough of the menu. Some of the dishes will light a fire in your mouth.

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                diablofoodie RE: racer x Mar 30, 2008 05:12 AM

                Agreed. The level of spice is below Sichuan or Hunan, but above Guangdong. For those who feel that black pepper is spicy, this is more spice than you need!

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