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ate there twice for lunch [China Cafe on East. 37th]

kayester Oct 5, 2011 12:27 PM

Service needs to get the bugs out.

I had two lunches there - both specials. The shredded pork with garlic sauce was very tasty indeed. It is simple to say it was garlic forward. The soup - I had the seaweed soup - was fine. I also tried the eggplant with garlic sauce. This worked a little better than the already very good shredded pork dish.

Cafe China
13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

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    H Manning RE: kayester Oct 5, 2011 12:30 PM

    Which restaurant are you talking about?

    1. ttoommyy RE: kayester Oct 5, 2011 12:32 PM


      1. ellenost RE: pauliface Oct 5, 2011 02:02 PM

        This is the first post by the OP. Hopefully in the future, he/she will provide the name of the restaurant.

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          small h RE: kayester Oct 7, 2011 06:58 AM

          I have a theory about this post (and others like it). A new Chowhound member opens a thread about a particular restaurant with the intent to leave a comment. S/he doesn't realize that "reply" is the correct way to do this, so s/he settles on "add new post," which does seem like it might be the way to go. And we end up with this - a child that has become separated from its parent.

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            peter j RE: small h Oct 7, 2011 07:14 AM

            Ah, good theory. Cafe China offers both shredded pork with garlic sauce and eggplant with garlic sauce as part of their lunch specials, though the menu doesn't mention anything about seaweed soup. Or bugs.

            Cafe China
            13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

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              Cheeryvisage RE: peter j Oct 7, 2011 07:23 AM

              lol, looks like we replied at about the same time! Yeah, I think it's Cafe China too.

              Cafe China
              13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

              1. re: Cheeryvisage
                peter j RE: Cheeryvisage Oct 7, 2011 07:41 AM

                Yes I just read your review on the other thread. I'll try it soon!

          2. Cheeryvisage RE: kayester Oct 7, 2011 07:17 AM

            Actually, now that I look at it, this review may be for Cafe China. I'm pretty sure the OP was reviewing a Sichuan restaurant. Seaweed Soup isn't terribly common at Chinese restaurants, but Cafe China does serve it for lunch and the place is the most recently talked about Sichuan restaurant on this board.

            Cafe China menu here: http://cafechinanyc.com/menu.html
            The fact that it serves Seaweed Soup: http://midtownlunch.com/2011/09/07/wi...

            Cafe China
            13 E 37th St, New York, NY 10016

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              kayester RE: kayester Oct 12, 2011 07:21 AM

              I apologize for not listing the name. I thought I was replying to a post and I guess I went and started a new thread, and then I went off-line for a few days.
              The restaurant is China Cafe on East. 37th. St betw. Madison and Fifth. It just opened, it's got it's own style, and I will be going back again.

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                kayester RE: kayester Oct 5, 2012 09:37 AM

                Nice to see this restuarant, where I've eaten about a dozen times since my last comment, gets a star in the new Michelin Guilde

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                  KWagle RE: kayester Oct 7, 2012 04:39 AM

                  The menu looks moderately interesting. "Black lamb" 黑山羊 seems to actually be "black goat".

                  Unlike your chicken, I'm not sure why you would care about what color your goat is, but I think goat at a Chinese restaurant might warrant a trip to NYC.

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