Best (i.e. decent) Chinese Delivery in LES???
Not looking for anything out of Chinatown, that's a discussion for a different time. I'm just trying to find a good source for delivery of Americanized Chinese standards. Think hot and sour soup, chicken with eggplant, moo shu pork, and maybe the occasional general tso's.
It seems that all the places in the LES are cut from the same cloth; identified as being small take-out only storefronts and featuring many non-chinese fried items (such as chicken, french fries, and plantains). As Chinese food has pretty much been adapted and localized the world over, it strikes me that this vein of Chinese restaurant is primarily catering to the Dominican population in the neighborhood. As compared to Chinese takeout in other parts of Manhattan, I am not a fan. The sauces are overly sweet and gloppy, the ingredients tend to be lower quality and not that fresh, and the style is just plain different than what I'm accustomed to. The best I've found is Golden Forest on Grand, but it's merely a tick better than the others.
Thank you very much, Lily's seems to be what I'm looking for (despite a menu that is half Japanese food).
I've tried Wa Lung and didn't like it. Same style as all the other places in the neighborhood.
Are there any more suggestions for Chinese delivery in the LES that (a) is not a "Chinatown" institution and (b) does not serve KETCHUP?
Wa Lung is take out only, but they're usually pretty good. Occasionally they're asleep at the wheel - delivery takes a lifetime and the food's lousy. But more often than not, it's fine.
There's also Lily's on Oliver (they deliver to the LES). I like it less than Wa Lung, but who knows? you may like it more.