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Chinatown: New Wonton Noodle Garden

New Won Noodle Garden has replaced Wonton Garden on Mott Street. Grand opening this week.

New Wonton Noodle Garden
56 Mott Street (between Canal and Bayard)
NY, NY 10013

Phone number on the awning (212-966-4033) does not seem to be connected yet.

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New Wonton Noodle Garden
56 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

 
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  1. Now I am confused. Are these the same people or a business copycatting the original? And didn't the original place move to Mulberry Street and change their name to HK Wonton Garden?

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    HK Wonton Garden
    79 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

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    1. re: David11238

      I think the original restaurant at 56 Mott was called Wonton Garden, then New Wonton Garden and then it moved to 79 Mulberry.

      New Wonton Noodle Garden appears to be taking advantage of the old signage and font, like Kennedy Fried Chicken in East Harlem!

      1. re: scoopG

        I wonder what the menus say as far as the name of the enterprise goes. These days some successor restaurants are too cheap to replace the old signage of a predecessor restaurant and leave the old sign up, even if it has no relation to the new name.

        1. re: scoopG

          Here's what I've heard around the nabe:

          The owner of New Wonton Garden on Mott retired early this year. Her nephew, along with a partner in the old restaurant and much of the old staff (including the cook in charge of the broths), opened HK Wonton Garden on Mulberry.

          New Wonton Noodle Garden (new sign, similar lettering) claims to be the direct descendant of New Wonton Garden, but that's not quite right. (One partner was involved in New Wonton Garden; another is involved in Mei Li Wah on Bayard.) They hired a server and at least one cook from the old place, conspicuously including the noodle guy who works in the front window.

          Hope that's all perfectly clear :)

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          New Wonton Garden
          56 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

          HK Wonton Garden
          79 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

          Mei Li Wah
          64 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

          New Wonton Noodle Garden
          56 Mott St, New York, NY 10013

        2. re: David11238

          This is the same owner, and I had gone there and chat with the staff over beers for a bit just after they opened, usually arriving late after midnight.

          The food is quite good.

          Great pigs feet too.

          1. re: jonkyo

            were you guys speaking cantonese?

            1. re: jonkyo

              Yes, they are telling people that ownership is unchanged ... http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8084...

          2. The menu looks identical to the old Wonton Garden, but the noodles stewed with Sweet and Sour pork (still #C25) is not the same as it used to be at this location. It's actually pretty awful here, too spicy, too many mushrooms and mushy noodles.

            But this dish is the same as it used to be at HK Wonton Garden at 79 Mulberry. So I will be going there from now on.

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            HK Wonton Garden
            79 Mulberry St, New York, NY 10013

            1. Won Ton here is decent-nothing to write home about. BUT my pet peeve-$20 min for credit card charge!! Who eats $20 worth of won ton soup!!!

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              1. re: UES Mayor

                Who pays for a $5 meal in Chinatown with a credit card?

                1. re: AubWah

                  Yeah, I think it would be unkind. Please don't forget that credit card companies charge a vendor a fee for the credit card bill processing