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  • kroww Jul 10, 2008 03:35 PM
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Searched and searched for an answer to this, but no joy. Anyone know of decent Chinese food in the vicinity of Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill? Every place in the neighborhood seems to be just a new level of greasy hell. At this point, I'll schlep to the Slope or Brooklyn heights if it just means a decent meal.

And just to throw a wrinkle into it, my wife spent 18 years living in London, so most of the Chinese restaurants in the U.S. are no-go for her palette.

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  1. Nope... sadly, there is no decent chinese food in the neighborhood. Hunan Delight on Union Street in Park Slope is okay and delivers to us on Clinton/President in Carroll Gardens. It's not great, but it's much better than anything in Carroll Gardens/Cobble Hill and is fresh and quick.

    For a dumpling fix, Eton is very good. It just opened last week and has been discussed on the board a lot.

    1. A search of the board will yield multiple threads on this topic. Needless to say, the pickings are slim. I used to order from one of a couple places in Park Slope but nowadays I just hop on the F train 3 stops to chinatown.

      As for your wife's london palette, it could be a good thing or a bad thing.... depending on what part of london she was in ; )

      1. it's definitely not the neighborhood's strong suit, that's for sure.

        that being said, for less greasy, more tasty delivery (i ate in once and it was fine and fast, but no atmosphere to write home about) - my go to is szechuan garden on smith between warren and wyckoff. (their number is 718.643.0388). used to order occasionally from andys/lichee nut on montague, but find this to be a considerable step above.

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        1. re: vatl619

          Szechuan Garden is one of the most reliable.

          Also, Chance, for dim sum, etc.

        2. Usually order from Faan (Asian Fusion) on Smith/Baltic... It's OK, but this is not exactly a recommendation. Chance is very good, but also Asian Fusion and a bit more pricey. In Brooklyn Heights, Fortune House offers a more traditional Chinese/New York experience. But the best bet is probably the F train to East Broadway. Good Thai and Japanese in CG, but we could sure use some good classic Chinese food.

          1. Another vote for Szechuan Garden. We've been very happy with it 80% of the time.

            1. Came across this in a search for respectable Chinese in the Carroll/Cobble area. My lack of expectations has been confirmed. I would like to comment on the couple hesitant thumbs up. Faan and Szechwan Garden. I live right between these two spots and used to get occasional delivery of both. No more though. I don't know if it's that hope has been beaten down by reality or if these places have dropped in quality over the last year. While preparation and presentation may be a notch above the typical cary-out chicken wing and fries chinese place, the ingredients seem to have settled to that level. I am certainly curious as to what modern manufacturing process gives use those watery, spongy brown and white squares that pass for beef and chicken, I just don't want to eat them. As an added bonus, Faan has more than once made the bathroom the most frequented room in my house.

              Might Brooklyn be ready for a chow mein joint run by a white guy from New Jersey?

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              1. re: crispy fried

                I continue to get very solid delivery from Szechuan Garden. I've never had a good meal from Faan (granted I haven't tried it in years, but dined in a few times when we moved to the area 4 yrs ago). Chance is still the best bet though.

              2. Tried Szechuan Garden on Smith for the first time last night and was pleased to have found a passable Chinese restaurant in the area that didn't dumb down the heat.

                However, this morning, both my boyfriend and I had traumatic, full-blown bathroom catastrophes. The kind that make you late to work. I feel like I wrestled with Satan.

                Very disappointing end to a tasty dinner. Szechuan Garden, no more! I surrender.

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                1. re: Puppimus

                  "I feel like I wrestled with Satan."

                  What a great line! Sorry to hear about your problems but that description is a winner.

                2. Faan was decent when they first opened up, I think--the ingredients seemed fresh and that was pleasing; we haven't ordered from them in a while, though. (And thankfully I've never had any "bathroom incidents" because of their food!)

                  I'm ready to give up on Chance...last couple of times I've ordered, the meat has been gristly and greasy.

                  Does Szechuan Garden impose a $25 minimum on delivery orders for everyone, or is it only because I live on the southernmost edge of CG?

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                  1. re: missmodular

                    I live in Cobble Hill and have never had any sort of minimum from SG, to the best of my memory.