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Hop Lee or Hop Kee?

These 2 places just across the street from each other seem to be similar old-style Cantonese Chinatown restaurants.

Which one would be recommended for great old style dishes: Clams in Black Bean Sauce, Shrimp in BROWN lobster sauce, and "Iron Steak"?

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Hop Lee
16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Hop Kee
21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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    Hop Lee
    16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: menton1

        Well Hop Kee is for tourists and Bridge and Tunnel greaseballs and the food is better at Hop Lee

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        Hop Lee
        16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        Hop Kee
        21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: AubWah

          This made me literally laugh out loud. thanks :)

    1. I've been going to Hop Lee for 10+ years. I only go to Hop Kee when it's 3-4 AM. Hop Lee serves the closest thing to Cantonese home cooking.

      I recommend the clams with black bean sauce, salt & pepper fried seafood, T-bone steak (ask for rare), water spinach (when in season, but not now), snow pea leaves, and steamed seabass - just to name some of the more common dishes my family and I order.

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      Hop Lee
      16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

      Hop Kee
      21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

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      1. re: deepfry7

        HOw does Big Wong King compare to these 2 places?

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        Big Wong
        67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        1. re: menton1

          Big Wong is different than Hop Lee or Hop Kee--you go to Big Wong for their roasted meats, noodle soup and congee. I'm not entirely sure they even have the same dishes as the others--and they certainly aren't open as late.

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          Big Wong
          67 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Hop Lee
          16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: deepfry7

          Does Hop Lee do snails in black bean sauce?

          That's the dish that keeps bringing me back to Hop Kee, long before Bourdain ever showed up.

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          Hop Lee
          16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Hop Kee
          21 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          1. re: dcrulz

            Yes, they do. Had it a couple of weeks ago.

        3. Hop Lee, of course. Classic Cantonese. My favorite place since 1987! And I ate in many Chinese
          places in NYC.

          1. Had my first Chinese food experience at Hop Kee in 1981 as a young boy. Were the most amazing flavors I ever had. Ate so much my stomach wall killing me. Have been make a few times over the years but was never able to create the great experience again. Loved the squid with rock salt.