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Please suggest Chinese restaurant near E.80's or E.90's with great food and decent sized portions.

hungryinmanhattan Aug 25, 2011 05:00 AM

We have been disappointed lately and need some up-to-date suggestions. Wa Jeal is good but the portions there are so small ($16.99 for a small paper "cup" of cumin lamb over a tea light, for example).
We ate at Nancy's Pig Heaven a few nights ago, and the pork butt was very good, but the Lo Mein was almost tasteless sauce, and the mu shu pork was just ok. (We stuck to pork dishes because we thought pork was their thing). We love S.Gourmet but way too far for a quick weeknight meal.
We would really appreciate any suggestions. Thanks.

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Nancy's Pig Heaven
1540 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

Wa Jeal
1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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    AubWah RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 25, 2011 06:23 AM

    sorry to reign on your parade but a chinese restaurant with great food in the E 80's or 90's does not exist

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      hungryinmanhattan RE: AubWah Aug 25, 2011 05:41 PM

      Please don't say that, Aub! (I do like SK for ordering, though. I had forgotten them.)
      Any suggestions out there at all, besides ordering in option?

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        gutsofsteel RE: AubWah Aug 25, 2011 06:08 PM

        Wa Jeal

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        Wa Jeal
        1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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        pbjluver RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 25, 2011 01:24 PM

        take out (cash only) from Szechuan Kitchen - First Ave. betwn 79th and 80th St.

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          rothsteg RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 25, 2011 06:09 PM

          If you're a Sichuan Gourmet fan, I think you'll be very pleased with Wa Jeal on 2nd at 82nd

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          Wa Jeal
          1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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            gutsofsteel RE: rothsteg Aug 25, 2011 06:28 PM

            Agreed.

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            citykid426 RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 25, 2011 06:50 PM

            Wa Jeal, you get what you pay for. Their sichuan dishes are really good, no matter the size of teh portions, and I always order from them because I trust their cooking.

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            Wa Jeal
            1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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              AubWah RE: citykid426 Aug 26, 2011 10:36 AM

              I got take out from Wa Jeal once, I liked it very much. They are a very capable Sichuan kitchen. The UES is lucky to have Wa Jeal I wish it were on UWS

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              Wa Jeal
              1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                hungryinmanhattan RE: AubWah Aug 26, 2011 01:33 PM

                I agree. I love Wa Jeal, as I said in my original post, but I asked the question because the portions are small (I only order from their schezwan specialities which are more expensive but their best dishes) and with college- age/hungry males, I must buy at least 4 of these dishes minimum to fill up the family, and I do not feel like spending 100 dollars for a week night quick meal. So I was just asking if there were any other places my chow hounds might suggest that I might have over-looked in this neighborhood. Yes we are lucky to have wa jeal, but they do have smaller portions and are relatively expensive compared to most family chinese rstaurants. They are great for a treat or for a small family or single person. Thank you all for your feedback.

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                Wa Jeal
                1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                  gutsofsteel RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 28, 2011 12:38 PM

                  You asked specifically for "great food." Wa Jeal is the only Chinese restaurant in the neighborhood that comes close to meeting your requirement as far as food goes.

                  I don't find the portions at Wa Jeal to be small...and I don't find it expensive relative to the quality. You get what you pay for.

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                  Wa Jeal
                  1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                    hungryinmanhattan RE: gutsofsteel Sep 1, 2011 06:56 PM

                    I read your posts often and respect your contributions, but I both agree and disagree. Wa Jeal is fantastic, as I originally said in my opening post. No argument there, but the portions on the chef special menu are very small for a chinese restaurant. We only order from the chef menu as hounds often said to stear clear of the other dishes there.The cumin lamb, which was fantastic, was served in a coffee-filter type paper over a flame/tea light object and cost almost 20 dollars. Now, compared to the 4 inch serving of fish you get at a place like The Modern Bar room, is it a small portion? No! But compared to most chinese restaurant portions, it IS a very small portion for the price. Delicious but small.

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                    Wa Jeal
                    1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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              bearmi RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 26, 2011 02:28 PM

              I don't hang out in that neighborhood anymore but I remember a few years ago Chinatown East (1650 3rd Ave, between 92nd & 93rd St) served decent Americanized Chinese food and overall it wasn't bad. I actually kind of like their noodle soup. Not sure if there has been management change or changes in their kitchen the last few years though. Another place I remember is "Chef Ho's" (1720 2nd Ave, btwn 89th & 90th St). They are sort of calling themselves a "Peking Duck Grill" these days. I remember it was popular with families and served some of the dishes you have posted (such as mu shu pork and lo mein).

              Everyone's taste is different but you can give them a try and see if they meet your expectation. Again, like a lot of other posters say, there aren't that many great Chinese places in this area except for Wa Jeal but if you are interested in Chinese American dishes that has decent size portion you can check these two places out. Please let us know what you think... and perhaps there will be others who can give you some other suggestions.

              p.s. If you don't mind venturing south a few blocks, you might want to try Cafe Evergreen (1288 1st Ave at 69th St). It's in the 60's but their food (although not 100% authentic like Szechuan Gourmet) is decent too.

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              Chef Ho's
              1720 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

              Cafe Evergreen
              1288 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

              Chinatown East
              1650 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

              Wa Jeal
              1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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                hungryinmanhattan RE: bearmi Aug 26, 2011 07:00 PM

                Thank you, bearmi.

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                ajs42548 RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 28, 2011 12:31 PM

                Chef Ho on 2nd Ave and around 89St or so.

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                Chef Ho's
                1720 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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                  Heavy Ed RE: hungryinmanhattan Aug 31, 2011 09:19 AM

                  Shanghai Pavilion on 3rd Ave between 78 and 79. Soup dumplings, snow pea shoot dumplings, the stewed pork, Peking Duck with properly crisped skin, chicken with garlicky soy sauce, Lion's head - all well done dishes worthy of China Town if not more expensive and a bit smaller.

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                    hungryinmanhattan RE: Heavy Ed Sep 1, 2011 06:35 PM

                    We ordered from Szechuan Kitchen last night. I had forgotten about them until pb. reminded me. It was delicious. The vegetables were perfectly tender crisp, and the food was well seasoned. Very good for delivery. The chef's special chicken was very delicious. It contained-don't laugh- pignoli nuts! We also ordered the twice- cooked pork, extra spicy, and it came spicy! What a shock! The beef and broccoli was also very good with nice crisp broccoli and not too oily.
                    We used to love Chinatown East but lately the food is not good anymore. But, yes, they used to be very good. They had the best hot and sour soup. The last time we went, it was filled with screaming, drunk college kids using the "all-you-can-drink" special!
                    We plan to try Chef Ho's, Shanghai Pavilion, and Cafe Evergreen.
                    So thank you all. I appreciate all suggestions greatly.

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                    Chef Ho's
                    1720 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10128

                    Cafe Evergreen
                    1288 1st Ave, New York, NY 10021

                    Chinatown East
                    1650 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10128

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