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adam Dec 9, 2010 12:14 PM

Any reports on Michael & Ping's, the (relatively) new Chinese place in Gowanus on 3rd ave next to 4 adn 20 Blackbirds?

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Michael & Ping's
437 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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    Barry Strugatz Dec 10, 2010 10:18 AM

    The best in Park Slope but that's not saying much. I think a real authentic Chinese restaurant of any style would do well in this area.

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      micki Dec 10, 2010 10:42 AM

      The portions are small but that's Ok since the food is meh. Not cheap either. Better than any other Chinese place in the slope but that's not saying much. Too bad. I had high hopes.

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        gfood Dec 10, 2010 10:45 AM

        I have ordered from there a few times.
        It's a "notch above" other take out places in Park Slope, food is packaged nicely; quality is good.
        I will continue to order from there.

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          Bookistan Dec 17, 2010 07:18 PM

          Based on one take out order, food is definitely fresher, higher quality ingredients, and made to order vs. the usual suspects in Park Slope.

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            MrsT Dec 18, 2010 12:18 PM

            I had a Groupon for this place. Everything seemed really fresh, not the greatest, but good and tasty. I went there with my husband and mother-in-law, who happens to be the world's pickiest eater. She loved the beef with broccoli and moo goo gai pan, although she thought the wonton soup was pretty spicy. I also thought it was on the spicy side, but I enjoyed it. Unlike micki, I didn't think the portions were that small. We had leftovers for the next day.

            BTW: I pass by 4 & 20 Blackbirds everyday and have never seen anyone enter or exit the place. Until I saw a profile on the Cooking Channel, I thought it was another (sigh) bar.

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              secondbecky Mar 28, 2011 11:33 AM

              has anyone been lately? any new reviews.

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                kellish Apr 1, 2011 10:36 AM

                I live nearby and have gone to both Michael & Ping's as well as Four & Twenty Blackbirds a number of times. They each have their good points.

                Michael & Pings: I avoid most of the entrees as they tend to be sweet stir-fry versions of my standards- I love General Tso's and their version is healthy but sweet and mild. However, the portions on the appetizers is decent and I LOVE the Crispy Black Bean Calamari and Scallion Pancakes with Mu Shu Chicken. The Pad Thai is actually pretty good... but the lo mein dishes are surprisingly blah. I also like their Sesame Chicken Salad but it's mild and I add extra hot sauce & lime to make more complex. All in all I think they have a few really good dishes and the rest is worthwhile if you are doing takeout and can jazz it up at home. Definitely better than your standard greasy Chinese takeout in this area- a good choice if you need sustenance on your way to/from the Bell House.

                As for the bakery- great homemade pies from scratch. But their hours tend to be limited and on a Sunday morning they don't open until 10am! I went by one morning at 10am and they had no breakfast foods ready- no scones or muffins- just pie! Also, they sell out of pie slices pretty quickly and then you are stuck with whatever is left, so go early if at all! The last time I went, I heard the counter girl telling someone who wanted 5 slices for their family that the pie he wanted was cheaper by the slice than by the whole pie. He actually saved money buying separate slices than just buying an entire pie- and those slices aren't cheap either! They are delicious... but expensive.

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                Bell House
                149 7th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Four & Twenty Blackbirds
                439 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Michael & Ping's
                437 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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                  twan55 Apr 4, 2011 04:58 PM

                  Whoa whoa whoa whoa whoa--- back up-- did I just hear you say that M & P makes a good General Tso?

                  For reals?

                  'Cause I am one ardent General Tso-loving-ass mf'er!

                  So please kellish- elaborate!

                  Good as in "worth a trip from Carroll Gardens"-good? Good as in: "I'm pouring sweet-spicy-tangy General sauce on my white rice and lovin' it!"-good?

                  Oh and btw, while I have you- any other Brooklyn General-friendly places you're not telling us about?

                  C'mon kellish- stop holding out on the General-info. There's gotta be something you're not telling us! Now out with it- I need any and all General-related military secrets, stat!!!

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                    kellish Apr 4, 2011 07:51 PM

                    Sorry if I wasn't being clear.

                    In general, I LOVE a rich & spicy General Tso's Chicken. Unfortunately, for that very reason I would NOT recommend Michael & Ping's version. I avoid their entrees because they lack anything fried or spicy or even remotely complex. I do recommend some of their other apps, however. Do you have a favorite spot for a delish General Tso's dish in Brooklyn? I'm afraid I have no spots to recommend.... Please share!

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                    Michael & Ping's
                    437 3rd Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                    1. re: kellish
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                      twan55 Mar 21, 2012 01:48 PM

                      A year later, but better than never: I would recommend both the General Tso's Chicken and the General Tso's Shrimp from Tofu on 7th. Both were quite good, with the shrimp being even better.

                      Blow-you-away good? No. But good nonetheless, and a damn sight better than any of the other General Tso's places in the nabe.

                      Still haven't tried Michael and Ping's offerings.

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                      Tofu on 7th
                      226 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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