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Jan 15, 2011 06:22 PM

Hop Shing is back

Hop Shing has been reopened since the 14th of January 2011. The original owners (There are generally more than one owners when it comes to the restaurants in Chinatown.) lost their lease and had to close on the afternoon of June 13, 2010. I heard through the grapevine that the landlord wanted $500,000 "coffee" moola before he would agree to renew the lease. I had brunch there several hours ago. Sadly, the ladies with the carts containing the dim sum are no longer to be found. The Ha Gow has to be ordered via your waiter who got it from the steam cabinets. Beware! Now, there's only three Ha Gow per dish as opposed to four. It's not as fresh (the thin rice wraps were dry, tough and lukewarm.) since it didn't come out of the kitchen like when the cart ladies were there. I don't like ordering dim sum from the steam cabinets because --God knows how long it has been sitting there! i.e., The lackluster Ha Gow and the Shrimp Chun Fun.We also had the chow mein with broc and beef which was good as usual. That being said, it took quite a while for the dish to arrive though not sure why when the place is only 50% filled with patrons. Some of the waiters and waitresses are the same --granted, there were several new employees. They took out two of the booths toward the entrance. My dad doesn't believe Hop Shing will be as busy since the OTB next door closed their door last month.

Hop Shing
9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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    1. re: small h

      In truth, I was rather sad when I discovered the new owners renovated the place. It doesn't seem as authentic as before --I have been going to this place since I was in my early teens. Now, the place has recessed lighting as opposed to the cafeteria fluorescent lights. :)

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      1. Got take out orders of dimsum from Hop Shing. I loved their baked roast pork bun and was so glad they were back. I bought 2 this morning and was a bit disappointed. It's always had the starchy sauce but the ones today were more gummy/starchy to the point they were lumps. The actual pork ratio is also lower. Not sure if this is an anomaly but if I get this again, I'll have to stick to my new favorite -- Manna House on E. Broadway. The other thing I get from Hop Shing that I loved is their Lotus Leave wrapped sticky rice with chicken -- no other place in Chinatown compared to their taste and value. So I got one this weekend and felt it was also not as good. It was less flavorful, less amount of filling and not as rich (they used to put small juicy/fatty pork pieces in the rice but I didn't find them in there this time).
        The Ha Gow (I got 4 in my orders) were the same and definitely one of their inferior items. The beef chun fun was good and so were the turnip cakes. I have yet to have the beef balls and the fried shrimp balls which were also good there so I'll have to get those soon.

        Manna House
        87 E Broadway, New York, NY 10002

        Hop Shing
        9 Chatham Square, New York, NY 10038

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        1. re: wadawada

          UPDATE: I had another roast pork bun today. It was good -- no gummy starch lump, the filling was like it used to be.