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Searching for "New York" style Chinese in Raleigh

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Hi there,

I'm a long time lurker here and have finally decided that I can't stand it anymore and just have to ask...

Does anyone know if there are any truly New York style Chinese Restaurants here in the Raleigh area? I'm not talking about traditional Chinese (I know where to go for that), but rather the deep brown colored fried rice with egg and bright pink bbq pork in it with maybe peas and bean sprouts. Or Teriyaki beef on a stick? Does anyone know what I'm talking about? Every place we've tried so far that has claimed to be "NY style" has just failed miserably. The fried rice looks like saffron rice, it's so yellow - what is going on??? I'm from south Florida originally (so might as well be NY), and am dying for "real" Chinese take out!

Thanks in advance!
Krista

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  1. One question - what is "New York" style Chinese food? That's a new one on me.

    I've been to several places in town that have the fried rice you describe, so perhaps I'm missing something. My husband had the pork fried rice at Orient Garden in Cary just two nights ago, and it's deep brown fried rice with bright pink pork, rice, and sprouts. Not trying to be argumentative, just hoping to understand what you're asking.

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    1. re: Suzy Q

      Hi Suzy Q,

      I don't know how else to describe it - when I grew up in Ft. Lauderdale, we would order from 5 or 6 different Chinese restaurants and get pretty much the same style - I didn't know there was a certain name for it until I moved away. I'm told that it was New York Style Chinese - I'm guessing as opposed to traditional Chinese or whatever style it is that they serve here. It just seems like there's a problem finding what I'm looking for here in the South. I lived in Western NC and couldn't find it there either. I will try Orient Garden next time I'm in Cary and see if maybe they're the missing link. Thanks!

    2. I know exactly what you mean, Lynettezta, but in a dozen years I haven't been able to find one. If anyone knows of that type of "comfort food" Chinese take-out I'd love to know about it.

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      1. re: rockycat

        Hi Rockycat,

        We ended up ordering from Jin Yuan (Creedmoor & Millbrook) the other night and it wasn't bad. The pork wasn't anywhere near pink or sweet enough, but the rice was nice and brown and it had lots of sweet onions and eggs in it, so it might serve as a fill in. Can't vouch for any of the other food, as all we wanted was rice.

        Still looking...

        1. re: Lynettezta

          You could give 888 at Stonehenge a try, since it sounds like you're in the neighborhood already. It's take-out/delivery only, there are usually coupons available on-line, and it isn't too bad. Not quite what I'd really hope for, but close enough when I'm desperate.

      2. I've lived in NC for most of my life, and the fried rice that I've had at Chinese restaurants has generally been as you've described New York style- brown rice, pink bbq pork, occasionally with peas thrown in.. They pretty much all use suppliers that are based in New York too, from what I've seen. Are you looking for a particular style and not finding it, or is the quality lacking down here?