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Jun 5, 2010 11:34 AM

Xiao Ye

Anyone know if this baohaus spinoff in the LES is open? I can't find a number or any reviews but thinking about trying it today. Thanks!


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    1. Any new word on Xiao Ye? (Opening date?) I haven't seen much on the blog, but I'm really looking forward to the opening.

      Xiao Ye
      198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

      1. Officially opened Sunday, Eater says:

        Here's a first-nighter's report:

        Xiao Ye
        198 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002

        7 Replies
        1. re: squid kun

          Tried it out tonight. As a die-hard Taiwanese food lover, I wanted to love this place, but alas, I didn't. That being said, it was still pretty good, just not the transcendant experience that took me back to the night markets and food stalls that I wanted it to be.

          They just opened, so the kitchen is still slow. Our food took 40 minutes to start arriving on the table, but once it started, everything came within 5 minutes.

          The pickled cucumbers could use a bit more spice and salt, to balance the sour / garlic tang which was nice, but a little one-note.

          The potstickers were ok. You can taste the quality of the meat (Pat LaFrieda pork blend), as there was minimal gristle, but they didn't have the "aroma" that the best potstickers and gyoza have. I still look at Menkuitei as my stand-by for gyoza / potstickers, with the ones at the new Totto Ramen a close second. Also, I find it ironic that on the chef's blog, he talks about how he presents his potstickers upside down, because they aren't burnt, like other places, yet, mine came severely burned on the bottom. I didn't return them, but did casually mention to the waitress on the way out, who somewhat shrugged it off. These were really a disappointment for me.

          Hainanese chicken was fantastic. The chicken is so tender and juicy. I wish the dipping sauces had a little more kick and the chicken rice was even more infused with the broth, but these are minor quibbles. Overall, I really enjoyed this dish.

          Rice with Pork Sauce was a very good rendition of the Taiwnese classic. Aromatic (so much so that each bowl going by filled the air with an amazing scent of pork and spices) and filling, which is what I look for in this dish.

          Fried Tofu. Meh. I enjoyed the dipping sauce, which was Sriracha based, but the tofu cubes were nothing special to me.

          What leaves me hopeful is that this was week 1 and the owner apparently has been very receptive to fixing things based on consumer feedback, so I'm looking forward to trying this again in a month or so. But for those who can't easily get to Flushing or are scared of the Outer Boroughs, this is the only game in town and it's kind of fun.

          Oh yeah, really bummed that Il Lab closes at 6. Was really looking forward to some gelato after dinner, but no such luck...

          Totto Ramen
          366 W 52nd St, New York, NY 10019

          1. re: FattyDumplin

            Thanks for the report! BTW, when the new Houston St Il Lab opens it's supposed to stay open late. And have seating! The current one has always closed around 6-7, which I find disappointing, so we usually go to Otto or the West Village.

            My favorite fried dumplings are at the Good Fork and they have a stand at the Brooklyn Flea BTW.

            1. re: FattyDumplin

              did they have the full menu yet? i walk by it and they told me they're open, but i've been busy so i haven't had a chance to pop in yet

              1. re: Lau

                my gf knows eddie and she told me that it's just prix fix for now. maybe for a week or two? i'm guessing he wants to get the hang of timing, last minute changes, and consumer feedback before he puts out his full menu.

                1. re: daffyduck

                  it was full menu when I was there, a la carte.

                  1. re: FattyDumplin

                    oh, ok. it may have just been for opening night? or for the first few nights? it doesnt matter i guess cause the menus here now.
                    btw fattydumplin
                    was this the menu u saw when u ate there?

                    1. re: daffyduck

                      wasn't the same menu, but very close. i seem to think the one we got was a bit shorter. but that could just be my poor memory at work.

                      also, hope my review doesn't dissuade anyone from trying. it was an enjoyable meal and certainly the best taiwanese option in the city. i think i just talked myself into believing it was something it could never attain :)

          2. Utterly terrible. Food bears little resemblance to Taiwanese streetfood. However, the special beers were okay