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Early Evening 40th Bday with 2 little ones- UWS Chinese- is it all awful?

Help! Read the boards and it all sounds bad... 1 & 3 year old and have to dine early. I don't mind "okay", just don't want terrible or food poisoning. Is it too much to ask of UWS? I'm on 73rd.

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  1. Yes, it's too much ask. There is plenty of mediocre available - I guess that's a step above awful! - Cottage, China Fun, Ollie's etc.

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    1. re: harrison

      Moved to UWS two months ago and have yet to find anything decent. Usually go with the cottage but it is honestly not so good. Went to Iveys to eat there once and it was dirty and nasty. DO NOT GO THERE

      1. re: harrison

        Agree to all - how about Saigon Grill for Vietnamese instead? Amsterdam & 90th.

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        Saigon Grill
        620 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

        1. re: gnocchicroissant

          At Shun Lee you pay double for mediocre!

        2. W73 is a very short cab ride to 50's and 9th where there are better options.

          Of the mediocre, I like China Fun and Cottage best

          1. Hunan Balcony. 98th and Broadway. Excellent food, good service. Check it out... Their General Tsos is my favorite. The food is far and away better than any other Chinese in the area, though I tend to only look at the places in my hood (96th St-Morningside). But it's really good.

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            1. re: btsmith23

              Oy, oy, oy, excellent food? It sucks. Sorry.

            2. The neighborhood is terrible for almost all Asian cuisines in general. As msny98 recommends, Szechuan Gourmet is a very short cab ride away.

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              1. re: JungMann

                There are a few non-spicy items on the menu, but the OP should probably make sure there are enough dishes the 1 and 3 year old could eat on the menu, first. Some dishes I've had at SG had me (sheepishly) asking for milk.