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Getting fed up with Chinese delivery options in Carroll Gardens

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the_state Mar 1, 2011 12:11 PM

Hunan Taste in Park Slope has awful Wonton Soup and most of their dishes suck. Lichee Nut in the Heights has terrible wok dishes. Me & My Eggroll should be shut down by the DOH. Grand Schezuan (or whatever that nice place on Smith was called) closed down. What's a Carroll Gardens resident to do?

Please let me know how you cope with eating Chinese food in this neighborhood b/c 5 years later, I still can't find a decent option.

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Lichee Nut
162 Montague St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Me & My Egg Roll
407 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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    cazique Mar 1, 2011 01:21 PM

    Szechuan Garden (I think that's what it was called) is now called Saki. Same location, same menu*, new name.

    They took a side trip into Asian Fusion cuisine for awhile, and have kept the name (and some of that menu), but the Chengdu spicy wontons, dan dan noodles, chicken w/spicy capsicum and tangerine beef (that's not, I imagine, that authentic but I still love it) are still there. At least last night, as it is every time i walk by, they were open - and empty. Can we all please show some love and make sure this place doesn't close. It is the only hope.

    Am I allowed to post a menupages URL here? http://www.menupages.com/restaurants/...

    (Incidentally I also like the wonton soup from the generic-blah Chung Hing on Court/Pacific, but that's not what you're looking for.

    )

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    Chung Hing
    157 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

    Saki
    176 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

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    1. re: cazique
      lambretta76 Mar 1, 2011 07:39 PM

      I believe Michael & Pings delivers to most of CG. (Sadly, not Downtown ...) I've only had in-house or pickup, but I find its food to be made with high-quality ingredients with good flavors. It's not amazing, and it's Americanized-Chinese, but it's the best I've had in Brooklyn outside of the Chinatowns or the handful of Szechuan joints scattered throughout the borough. I really like its (entirely inauthentic) fried calamari with fermented black bean sauce, as well as the well-balanced vegetable fried rice.

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

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        the_state Mar 2, 2011 05:27 AM

        I went to Michael & Ping's when they did the Groupon special a few months back and was thoroughly disappointed. I got Kung Pao chicken which was liquidy and bland. I could have done better at a Red Apple :)

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

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          AubWah Mar 2, 2011 05:58 AM

          Let me let you guys in on a little secret. Thank me later. Wing Hua

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            cazique Mar 2, 2011 10:45 AM

            Any dishes you recommend in particular? Always looked like the usual blah takeout place to me, though obviously I have no idea since I've never tried it.

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              AubWah Mar 2, 2011 02:21 PM

              The restaurant looks the same as 1000 other dumpy looking chinese places but these guys are masters of clean tasting american chinese food. order up all your favorites

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                AubWah Mar 2, 2011 02:22 PM

                the beef lo mein is exemplary

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                  missmasala Mar 3, 2011 03:52 AM

                  address?
                  Is this the one on smith down towards atlantic? i think i get it confused with another that is (used to be?) on smith the other way.
                  I need to know, bc I too am always looking for decent american chinese in the nabe.

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                    AubWah Mar 3, 2011 06:05 AM

                    hey missmasala i really enjoy your posts. The restaurant is at 508 Court. Like I said beef lo mein is my favorite there and the egg roll is good for $1.50. Your favorite dishes should be well represented

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                      the_state Mar 4, 2011 07:35 AM

                      Aub - I'm testing this out on Sunday night and will report back. I'm very excited about this.

                      FYI - Hunan Delight is garbage. Their wonton soup tasted like water.

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                      Hunan Delight
                      752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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        Marion Morgenthal Mar 3, 2011 02:22 PM

        Chance (Smith & Butler Streets) has a menu that ranges beyond Chinese, but their Chinese options are pretty good. Really like their hot and sour soup, which I can't say about any of the other neighborhood places. Dumplings are varied and very good, and other dishes are all well done--depends on what strikes your fancy.

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          Widmark Mar 4, 2011 06:58 AM

          Hunan Delight (union and 6th) and Hunan Wok (somewhere on 5th) both delivered to Cobble Hill when I lived there, and both offered classic american chinese. Hunan Delight remodeled and got a bit "trendy" so it may be a dollar or two more expensive, but the food was good. I live in Queens now where there is almost no good american chinese delivery and really miss the stuff.

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          Hunan Delight
          752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

          Hunan Wok
          106 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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            Hungry Brooklyn Mike Mar 8, 2011 07:50 AM

            I also use Hunan Delight which is by no means life altering food, but I find all the dishes to be solid and reliable. They come to CH/CG from Park Slope by car - they have always been quick with the deliveries.

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            Hunan Delight
            752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

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              Olive123 Mar 8, 2011 09:51 AM

              I am not a fan of Hunan Delight, but I used to really like Hunan Wok. Sadly, I believe they are now a crappy Mr. Wonton. I ordered off my old Hunan Wok menu and when the delivery guy showed up I didn't understand why he was trying to deliver food to me from another restaurant. It wasn't good. Hoping for some more positive reviews of Wing Hua as a possible alternative.

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              Hunan Delight
              752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Mr. Wonton
              73 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

              Hunan Wok
              106 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

              Wing Hua
              508 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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                Miss Needle Mar 8, 2011 10:15 AM

                I've only ordered from Hunan Delight once as well and wasn't too thrilled either. So far, I've found the best take-out Chinese in Park Slope to be Red Hot, but not sure if they deliver to Carroll Gardens.

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                Red Hot
                349 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

                Hunan Delight
                752 Union St, Brooklyn, NY 11215

            2. jon Mar 21, 2011 07:28 AM

              ordered from sichuan garden the other night. food was pretty good, the spicy chengdu wontons were great and the hunan chicken was plenty spicey. it's no grand sichuan on st. marks in manhattan (my personal favorite) but it was fine. also, their menu is almost identical in content and design as another chinese restaurant i used to frequent in manhattan, wu liang ye. perhaps same owners?

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                secondbecky Mar 21, 2011 09:40 AM

                No definitely not related to wu liang.

                Upon everyone's recs I tried Szechuan Garden and, while not as authentic as I had hoped (yep peas and carrots in my ma po tofu people, you know I hate that, ugh!!!) I still think it might have been the best take out/ delivery joint in the CH/CG/PS vicinity. Definitely better than the ones in park slope, so I have to give it props. however, it was also a bit more expensive.

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                  cazique Mar 23, 2011 11:46 AM

                  @secondbecky - are you sure it's not related to Wu Liang? I had the same reaction to the menu (I think I mentioned it in some post or other on another thread - it's not just a lot of the same dishes, the color of the paper, the typeface, everything is the same. Do you have some inside knowledge? (not doubting you - just curious.)

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                    secondbecky Mar 24, 2011 10:13 AM

                    no no inside info, I've just eaten at both and can't imagine they would come from the same owners. Wu Liang is just a different level, IMO. But maybe I'm wrong. I BS most of the time anyways :)

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                twan55 Mar 22, 2011 06:49 PM

                This thread is just sad.

                The Chinese food anywhere within a 5 mile radius of me (in Brooklyn) is so bad it's unfathomable.

                I swear it's the worst in all of NYC. I'm from San Francisco and as a twelve-year resident of Cobble Hill I cannot tell you how depressed I am by the beyond-disgusting Chinese food in the area.

                I have tried every restaurant in this thread and they all suck- admittedly some more than others. God in heaven how I miss Tai Chi....

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                1. re: twan55
                  Miss Needle Mar 23, 2011 11:43 AM

                  Isn't Sunset Park within a 5 mile radius of Cobble Hill?

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                    tex.s.toast Mar 23, 2011 05:23 PM

                    this is what i thought when i read twan55's comment

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                      secondbecky Mar 24, 2011 10:14 AM

                      lol

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                        twan55 Mar 24, 2011 03:22 PM

                        Uh- I didn't mean it literally- I mean "the Chinese food is uniformly shit anywhere within a deliverable radius of me."

                        Better?

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                          twan55 Mar 26, 2011 09:52 AM

                          You know what- I stand by what I said. You want to include Sunset Park, then so be it.

                          The Chinese food sucks there as well.

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                            AubWah Mar 27, 2011 10:14 AM

                            The Chinese food sucks in Sunset Park? Yeah, maybe on 5th avenue...try 8th avenue.....

                      2. David11238 Mar 24, 2011 02:25 PM

                        The one I like, a lot, unfortunately doesn't deliver or use pork. No Pork Halal, on the corner of Dean & 4th Ave can make some pretty decent Chinese, outside of the fake crabmeat dishes. I guess you need to be willing to drive or walk back your order.

                        No Pork Halal Chinese
                        718-875-9888
                        50 4th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                        No Pork Halal Kitchen
                        50 4th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11217

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                          SmokeNfire Mar 27, 2011 10:25 AM

                          Sichuan garden is consistent..
                          Never had a plate I did not want to finish.

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                            David11238 Mar 27, 2011 10:59 AM

                            Never been there (we're talking about Smith Street and not 3rd Ave in Bay Ridge, right?). But looking at the menu and reviews on MenuPages, it certainly looks like it's worth a try.

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