chinatown dinner tomorrow, somewhat nice for out-of-town friend?
A friend from LA is visiting and staying in a hotel right near C-town. We'd love to go out in that area. We will have a 2 year old in stroller and are not too mobile to go to other areas.
We would like:
--quiet enough to talk
--a bit nice so it will seem a special night out (if this helps clarify, I myself love quick lunches at NY Noodletown but I don't see that as a place to take a guest to).
I like Shanghai Cafe, but service can be a little rushed and the ambiance can be a little fast-paced there. For adorno's purposes, New Yeah Shanghai Deluxe on Bayard St. between Bowery/Elizabeth and Mott would work better. They can sit in the back - the area past the little bridge - which is usually quiet. Yeah always seems to have room, so the staff will be happy to let you stay as long as you want, within reason.
All that said: adorno, if you don't mind that they'll put the check on the table before you ask for it, do consider Shanghai Cafe, because the food is pretty good and as far as I know probably the best Shanghainese food, overall, in Chinatown lately. You don't have to pay when they leave the check, although I will add that a funny thing happened to me the last time I was there (a couple of days ago): I was happily eating my Braised Noodles with Crab Meat when a waitress slipped the check on the table. I was still eating when another waitress approached my table and proceeded to reach out, pick up the check, and look under it, as if she thought dollar bills had no height at all and could be invisibly hiding. After she had looked under the check repeatedly for what seemed like 10 or 15 seconds, I finally said: "I haven't paid yet." Odd behavior on her part, no?
Virchis, haven't you found that they aggressively turn tables at Oriental Garden? I stopped going there, because the last time I was there (at least a year ago), they repeatedly tried to take away dishes that we were still eating. Not a place to hang out and relax, I don't think, though it does have white tablecloths, thus fulfilling the criterion of being "a bit nice."