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East Ocean (55th street), what's there now?

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jumpingmonk Aug 18, 2008 02:41 PM

Hi,
I recently read on some site that the East Ocean Resturaunt, 159 E 55th St
(not the one in Chinatown) had closed. Does anybody live near there, and if so you know what has come in there. 55th street is about a ten block deviation for my typical route, and I really don't want to walk the whole way there and back just to find out that there an empty space. On the other hand if a new Chinese resutant has come in in its place (and, within Manhattan one chinese resturaunt simply taking over the space of a defucnt one is a far from unusual ocurrence) then I would feel it might be worth the trip to try the new place out. so to anyone on this board who lives around there have you noticed what is there now?

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    Peter Cherches Aug 18, 2008 05:43 PM

    It's empty and for rent.

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      jumpingmonk Aug 19, 2008 04:06 AM

      Thank you

    2. JungMann Aug 19, 2008 06:21 AM

      If you don't often eat in the neighborhood, there is a Shanghainese restaurant that has recently gotten good reviews which might be worth a visit. I always preferred it to East Ocean, whose only real draw were its low prices.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/548329

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        jumpingmonk Aug 19, 2008 09:35 AM

        I actually did visit there and preferred east ocean to it; on the dishes I liked (like salt and pepper squid) East ocean tended to produce a tastier (and certainly cheaper) product.

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          Peter Cherches Aug 19, 2008 05:27 PM

          Is 60th & Lexington further out of your way? Kar Won is pretty good for cheap "Chinatown-style" food, especially noodle soups & roast meats.

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            jumpingmonk Aug 20, 2008 04:28 AM

            Once again, been there, was not impressed. In fact (not that I don't aprreciate everyone's effort in recommentding new places) If it didn't open it's doors within the last year or so, I've proably been there, as I once made a point of doing weekly food quest to try every Chinese resturaunt in Mahnattan and I for all intents and purposes did within the area I set (from 7th ave to York Ave and from 95th street to 1st street, plus the villages, Chinatown/Little Italy and The Lower East side, basically every where except the Upper west Side, Chelsea, Hells Kitchen, Harlem and the Financial District)

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        auroragb Aug 20, 2008 12:31 PM

        Wow! Blast from the past, remember many a late nights making a run there for food when I was in the area. Always a bit too oily and salty for my tastes, but pretty dependable and cheap. Hard to imagine that they're closed now.

        1. JungMann Jan 21, 2009 08:03 AM

          The space is now occupied by an Indian restaurant.

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