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Estihana, Manhattan Good, Bad or Ugly??????????

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I just received a notice that our family foundation is having its quarterly meeting at Estihana the Sunday before Thanksgiving.
I've never been there and am not a fan of Sushi.

I read the Google reviews and they seemed pretty consistent. Sevice is poor to lousy and the food that reaches the table often is quite different from what is described in the menu.

I know that mostly disappointed diners post Google reviews, so I am asking my fellow CH Kosher Board users for some honest feedback.

How is the fleischige food? What should I consider ordering and what should be avoided?

I'll not be ordering cake/desserts so no comments are needed.

Also, PLEASE>>>NO Comments on price/cost or suggestions of alternative restaurants!!!!
The choice has been made by the trustees of the foundation, and I'd attend if it cost $10, $20 or $100.

Thanks for your restricted/focused replies.

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  1. It's ok. I rarely choose to go there myself, but if friends pick it for some reason I don't object. I don't think I've ever been wowed by a dish, but I've never ordered something that I thought was terrible either.

    1. I personally do not like this restaurant but many of our out of town friends want to eat there when they visit us. If you want beef my husband likes the sizzling black pepper steak and the garlic steak. For chicken I like the chi-chi chicken. I have had bad experiences with the sushi there several times.

      1. I really like the sizzling yaki udon noodles with chicken or beef, but they might be a little "slurpy" for a business meeting.

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        1. re: absmiller

          Agreed. I also agree with tarsky below that it's a tiny, crowded space at dinner, but I suppose that it's out of your hands.

          In my experience, service is OK, nothing great or terrible, except that they will occasionally hurry you if they've got a line of people waiting for a table. The food is fine. While I haven't liked everything I've had there over the last decade-plus, and have never had a transcendental dining experience there, I'm not sure what might prompt all the online vitriol.

        2. nothing wrong with the place, not great, not bad. i've eaten many of the chicken dishes, my husband usually gets a beef dish, and they are always totally fine. i wouldnt be worried about the dinner at all. its a very tiny space, though, and will likely be crowded if its at dinner time...unless you guys are taking over the whole place.

          1. The meat dumplings are poor, and their ribs are good.

            1. Just got delivery from there yesterday evening. The hot and sour soup is good, if you like hot and sour soup. Not too spicy, but the only vegetable in it is mushrooms (I've seen cabbage, carrots and bamboo shoots from other restaurants). There is also tofu in it. We also ordered an egg drop soup, but what we got was what Brooklyn Estihana calls "Velvet Soup", a white egg drop chicken corn soup. I happen to like corn soup, so it was fine, but a little thick/gloppy. Didn't see it on the Manhattan menu so I was surprised that is what I got. If you want the traditional yellow egg drop soup, clarify with the waiter that you'll be getting that and not the corn soup.

              On a previous occasion, I had the mai fun (thin angel hair rice noodles) soup. The vegetables were fresh and crispy, but the broth was a bit bland, but some salt helped. My husband had the udon noodle soup, which is a meal in itself with thick noodles, chicken and beef and vegetables.

              The main I had yesterday was the homestyle chicken, which is the equivalent to a General Tso's Chicken. I ordered it not spicy. It's made with dark meat, which I prefer in chicken dishes. The chicken was perfectly cooked, moist and not dried out at all from the frying. The batter was still a bit crispy, even having had it delivered. The sauce was pretty good too. Comes with some fresh broccoli (mostly stems, with a floret or two).

              The spring rolls are excellent! Even when delivered, they were crispy, not too oily and the vegetables inside were very fresh and crisp. It comes with a standard duck sauce for dipping.

              I can't speak for the sushi since I'm not a fan, but the guy taking my order on the phone told me they have a new sushi menu. Not sure what that means, or if it's any good.

              1. The crispy beef is a great dish- great texture, great taste (sweet and a little spicy and savory). Definitely well worth getting as an appetizer.