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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. re: AubWah

            I'm pretty sure that my friend from HK, would go to Hop Kee and get weird or unimaginable things like Lion , dog etc Only stuff they would serve to Chinese people.

            1. re: foodwhisperer

              The place for weird stuff like fox, owl, and deer penis, used to be Ren Ren on Bayard. But you had to order them in Chinese.

              1. re: swannee

                69 Bayard used to be the 4AM spot to hit for us after a night of drinking. No idea what the actual name was. Just had a neon 69 in the window

                  1. re: AubWah

                    Its been years since I trecked down to Chinatown at 4AM. Would rather head to bed these days.

      2. 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.