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Help Me Refind Chinese Restaurant / GG Park

I'm trying to find a Chinese restaurant I have been to twice near Golden Gate Park. For a number of reasons, this is a very special restaurant but my last time in SF, I couldn't find it (2008). It might be out of business but maybe it's still there and someone will recognize by the description. Oddly, the 2nd time I was there I had found it just by driving around. I hope it's still there! Last time there was about 2000.

Location:

It's near the beach off of Lincoln or Irving (maybe down one of the numbered streets). It most definitely is parallel to Golden Gate Park. When I first went there about 1998, I recall my wife and I (she's from Hong Kong) going from near Sutro Baths, to Lincoln most likely, then looking for the first place that looked interesting. This was very convenient.

The restaurant:

First, it is authentic Chinese, with bi-lingual menu, authentic items like winter melon and huge fish tanks full of not only fish, crab and lobster, but also creatures that would make Bourdain and Zimmern proud. The clientele is mostly Chinese.

It's open late. It was just as busy at 11pm as one would think rush hour would be.

This one is key - they have their own parking lot, which holds maybe 20 cars. It's impossible to park in there, but it is there. I don't think many Chinese restaurants have their own parking lot in that area so that could be an easy giveaway.

I'm trying to use Google Earth to find but it's just futile. What I really want to do is replicate a place and time - probably a lot to ask. It was just a great moment, but not in a world class cuisine way, just a cool, authentic place.

Thanks for any tips!

Matt

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  1. Was it painted a bright green -- on corner of Lincoln & 19th Av?? I can't remember the name, but there was such a restaurant there back then. A branch of Hing Ling or another c-town resto?

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    1. re: Sarah

      That looks like a very good match. I do recall the building being older, something more original for the neighborhood. This one looks pretty modern. It definitely fits a lot of my description. Do you have any more info on the restaurant?

      1. re: matt7591

        All I know is that the building is now painted a neutral color and is not a restaurant -- it's a mystery as to what business is contained within. There are numerous good restos in the immediate area though -- but none w/that special parking!

        1. re: Sarah

          If it's the NW corner of Lincoln & 19th, it is now a church meeting hall... just saw the sign on Labor day wknd.

          1. re: intomeat

            The space at 19th & Lincoln converted a couple of years ago. It's not really near the beach as the OP described. Matt, was it a place that specialized in garlic noodle crab? There are a couple near Judah and 46th...

            1. re: saffrongold

              Thanh Long is Vietnamese though--the garlic noodle place you're probably thinking of.

              The green place at 19th and Lincoln was upstairs. I don't remember it having especially interesting food.

              Mayflower on Geary around 30th Ave is probably the closest to the Sutro Baths, but they don't have a parking lot. It does face what was the Cala lot though.

    2. Here's the info on the old Hing Lung on the corner of Lincoln and 19th.
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/29275

      And, sadly, New Hing Lung is not nearly as good.

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      1. re: Melanie Wong

        Thank you so much, everybody. I believe Hing Lung is it and it's now defunct! I was afraid of that. Can't wait to get back up there again and find some new places! I envy those of you who live in the area :-)

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          Interesting that the thread refers to poor feng shui in that Hing Lung At The Park was supposedly haunted. I only heard about the haunting part after my one and only visit there in 1993. I think there was something about an old lady who was always seen in the ladies restroom who didn't really exist, and cold temperatures in that room.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            I heard the haunted rumor too but also that corner has never done well for any business. I think it's just a funny corner with traffic way too busy with the entrance/exit very awkward. If you didn't turn in going south on 19th right away, you had to go around a very long and busy block. Besides Hing Lung, I thought there was a restaurant and night club before that did even worse. Afterwards there was some kind of curio/pottery place. Any way, there's still Hing Lung on Broadway in SF.

            1. re: ML8000

              Hing Lung on Broadway is pretty limited; New Hing Lung is the reincarnation of the old place, but not as good.

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              New Hing Lung
              1556 Noriega St, San Francisco, CA 94122

              1. re: Melanie Wong

                Great to know there is a 2nd HIng Lung that replaced Hing Lung by the Park (Lincoln and 19th for the Park location).

                I too remember that green painted building and ate there quite a few times for late night snacking, but the abalone and chicken congee gave me smiles the whole night.

                Interestingly the building went through a few phases....at some point after, painted grey and became a furniture and antiques. A few weeks ago when I drove by I noted it had become a Christian Church! Hopefully that helps with the feng shui a bit, now that it is not a business but a non profit...

                1. re: K K

                  We really liked the clay pot rice at New Hing Lung. It might be lunch time only.

                  1. re: K K

                    It used to be a burger type place owned by the Zim's people. When the lime green paint started going on, someone said "Wong Color." I always thought there was potential for good business because of that parking lot -- so hard to find parking.

                    1. re: walker

                      Wong Color? Was that meant to be funny?

                    2. re: K K

                      I never ate there, but my kids and I always noticed it driving through the city. We would say "Look, there's the big green restaurant!" every time, because we are creatures of habit. But then it changed and for a while we had to say "Look, there's the big orange furniture store!" But then it changed again, and now we say "Look, there's the big off-white church!" And it's really not the same thing.

                    3. re: Melanie Wong

                      D'oh--until you said that, it didn't ding in me that New Hing Lung was the successor to Hing Lung At the Park, given that it opened up 8 or 9 years ago.

                      1. re: Chandavkl

                        And Hing Lung at the Park has been closed for that long, no?