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Mar 13, 2009 01:27 PM

HELP! Need replacement in Chinatown for Kam Chueh

I live in LA. For years I have hosted, every few years, a large gathering of friends (20-40) in Chinatown. Casual but not funky. We would bring wine and order a ton of food. It was reasonable enough that I was able to host it. It has almost always been at Kam Chueh (mostly in main dining room). The food was good, not always great. The atmostphere was perfect balance of energy.
I'm coming again in a few weeks. Got on the phone to make the reservation (having invited everyone)...and BOO has closed. Suggestions?

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  1. KC was my favorite. Now we go to Amazing 66 at 66 Mott Street. It's really superb. I haven't been able to get Alaskan King Crab like we used to get at KC though.

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    1. re: mr_seabass

      is it the same kind of atmosphere (that's the problem not being there to see it....will they be able to accomodate a group of 20 of us? thanks so much for your response

      1. re: mr_seabass

        another question...have you tried and gone to
        Cantoon Gardens
        Chatham Sq. (the one at #6)
        East Ocean
        saw stuff about them on boards and they look like possible options
        your htougths?

        1. re: Mdee2

          try Cantoon is a cantonese seafood place and i think its the best in ctown right now

          you will need to call ahead of time for a party that large obviously, but the could accomodate

          1. re: Lau

            i would say amazing 66 only because I've eaten there a bunch, but I've heard so many good things about cantoon garden that i would def. try that place next.

            1. re: bigjeff

              amazing 66 is good as well, but its a different type of restaurant, its more general cantonese food while cantoon garden is definitely more of a seafood restaurant like kam chueh...hence this will be much more similar to kam chueh

            2. re: Lau

              thanks so much for your help here...your posts look amazing. Since you clearly know all these places...atmosphere is also an issue...and it not being too too noisy/crowded on a Sunday night (or crammed) seems to now be between Cantoon Gardens and Chatham Sq....doesn't have to be Seafood...loved that about Kam Chueh but it was as much the atmosphere as the food for this event...there was a little more space betweenthe tables and it was a little quieter than most of the other places..andno..we don't want to do banquet rooms...they get "sad"..thanks so much for your advice

              1. re: Mdee2

                Cantoon Gardens is definitely much more crowded and noisy than Chatham Square at dinner time. In fact most of the time CS isn't filled unless there are wedding / celebration banquets. You can also have TV (on the wall) with some Chinese programs. You may ask for the lower level and you literally have the whole space yourself on a non-busy night.

                However, I think the food is a bit better at Cantoon Gardens.

                1. re: kobetobiko

                  CG is very crowded on fridays and saturdays (like think 30+ min waits if you dont have a res and come at peak time), but on sundays while its busy, its usually not totally full and will be substantially more mellow that fri / saturday

                  the decor is nicer at Chatham, but i do kind of like the atmosphere at CG, its got a bit of character esp fri / sat nights with the crazy, but nice manager / owner lady

                  1. re: Lau

                    you are terrific...I saw on the boards that CG has private room...but they are usually depressing you know about their' having a friend go over -if he can- and check out both and send some photos so I can figure it out
                    No matter what will eat at CG at some point while in town...but CS might work better for the party..people tend to go table to table alot...years ago I diverged once and had it at some other place where it was so crowded and tables so close together that we couldn't tablehop..less guys have been fantastic
                    I owe you some LA tips

                    1. re: Mdee2

                      CG does have a private room, its upstairs and basically two very big tables and one small table...its alright, ive eaten up there before

                      im from LA should be eating chinese food in LA if you're not, lightyears better than NY

            3. re: Mdee2

              East Ocean closed permanently a couple of months ago.

              1. re: Pan

                east ocean was pretty blehh anyhow...a couple dishes here and there that were ok, but overall whatever

                1. re: Lau

                  That makes me regret missing it a lot less.

              2. re: Mdee2

                Chatham Square's dinner is better for meat rather than seafood. I think Cantoon Gardens, Ping, Oriental Garden (though i hate the service), and Amazing 66 will be more of what you are looking for