Nice Green Bo/New Green Bo -- best dishes?
My parents are in town and want to do a Chinatown dinner. I've always been happy with New Green Bo (or is it Nice Green Bo) for soup dumplings and scallion pancakes. Are the dumplings still good?
Does anyone else have any recommendations for what to order there? Especially any vegetable-based dishes? Thanks!
Nice Green Bo
66 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013
I love their vegetable shumai and steamed vegetable dumplings. The last time I ordered their soup dumplings, they had deflated by the time they got to me -- they were sad, flat little things. I hope it was a one-time occurrence.
The scallion pancakes are still delicious! And I really like their eggplant (it's rather greasy, but in the best possible way), all of their rice cake dishes, and the Shanghai style lo mein.
I've been known to make a meal of the soup dumplings and the dry-cooked string beans -- NGB's version has big morsels of the preserved radish, which I actually like better than having it all minced up.
Two words: Crispy Eel. Eel skin fried until crispy, and served with a sweet brown sauce, cilantro and fresh ginger. Delicious.
I'll second the scallion pancakes as they are made to order. Also the soup dumplings are good!
After all these years, I still have a soft spot for Nice/New Green Bo. I'm a fan of their "aromatic beef noodle soup." The thick slabs of braised beef shin that top the bowl are quite delicious. I find their version to be more tender and flavorful than any other Chinatown spot. Make sure to submerge the beef shin into the broth so that the slices warm up (since they're normally served cold) and so that they lend their flavors of sweet soy and warm spices to the broth.
Their soup dumplings tend to be hit or miss, but their pan fried counterpart--"fried tiny buns, w/ pork"--are generally more consistent.