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Oriental Garden, S. China Garden or Amazing 66?

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Mother-in-law's 65th b-day with young grandkids in tow. Loves Chinese, but not particularly adventurous -- a big cut above a General Tso's-type, though. She is def a big Peking duck fan, but this is not make-or-break. Clean and not frenzied, however, is a pre-req. Would take her to Peking Duck House, but she has been numerous times. Don't want to go uptown to C'town Brasserie or Shanghai Pavillion, etc., so I am eyeballing C 'town, specifically OG, S. China Garden, and Amazing 66. We will be six (with a five and one yr old) at 6PM on Sat. night -- prefer not to wait too long even if it means compromising quality of meal. Welcome thoughts and alternatives. Thx!

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South China Garden
22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

Amazing 66
66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

Oriental Garden
14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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  1. If you're not that into seafood, I'd recommend Amazing 66. I thoroughly enjoy their roasted chicken with preserved vegetables, short ribs with pumpkin, and prime rib with spinach. But you're in good hands with any of those three.

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    Amazing 66
    66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

    1. I think OG is the nicest-looking and calmest of those three.

      1. We are big fans of OG, have been going there for years. Yes, it is sea food focused, but if you all eat shrimp and clam dishes you will do well. Good peking pork chops too, their tung choy with fermented bean curd sauce, now in season, is excellent. As are their shrimp rolls, hot and sour soup and the singapore mai fun is generally good for non seafood eaters.

        1. Oriental Garden is certainly the best of the three - but their forte is really fresh seafood, especially crustaceans and mollusks, not so much Peking Duck. They do a servicable one, to be sure, though.

          If you're mostly into land critters, I'd lean towards SCG, as they're also very good on that front and a bit cheaper. But for super-fresh seafood, OG is the place to go. The chef there has a subtler hand with the sauces.

          Amazing 66 I haven't been to in awhile. I know they used to have a Vietnamese chef who was doing some interesting things, keeping all the Cantonese classics but also throwing some Szechuan and even fun "fusion-y" flavors into the mix - Pastrami & Shrimp Fried Rice, Prawns with tortilla chips, etc. I keep meaning to go back, but for whatever reason the last couple years I found myself going to SCG & OG for my Cantonese fixes.

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          Amazing 66
          66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          Oriental Garden
          14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

          1. I 3rd OG. While I like their seafood dishes, each time I go I must also have their sweet and sour pork.

            1. As much as I adore it, South China Garden would drive anybody who's not into frenzied around the twist. We've been there at various times of day and evening and it's always packed and always very loud (in fact, a few years ago they closed for renovations after which it has been noisier in there than it was before, it almost seens intentional).
              I think Oriental Garden is the best bet for this occasion.

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              South China Garden
              22 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

              Oriental Garden
              14 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

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              1. re: buttertart

                OG seems much pricier than SCG or Amazing 66. Is it worth the price difference? I liked SCG and Amazing but haven't tried OG yet.

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                Amazing 66
                66 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

                1. re: Riverman500

                  For seafood, yes. For land and air beasts, I'd say they're about equal.