Hopeless? Decent Chinese in Midwood?
Have you tried the relatively new place on Ave M between 17th and 18th?
Masake - 1704 Ave M.
It's one of those Chinese/Thai/Japanese places, which I usually don't favor, but I've had some decent food from them-especially the pad woo sen (#79). They also have bubble tea.
It's nice enough that you could eat in if you wanted-not huge, but decent.
Once again, I'm not saying this is the best you'll ever have, but it's a step up from what's generally available.