Forget What I Said About Hua Ji Pork Chop
In a recent thread about cheap eats in Chinatown, I mentioned Hua Ji Pork Chop on Allen St. which had pork chops and other goodies with everything on the menu with nothing as much as $5. Well Hua Ji isn't there anymore. Indeed, there have already been two successor restaurants at 7 Allen St., first a place I entirely missed called 7 Station Store, and now the current restaurant with the almost indecipherable name BingEr Coffee Shop. I say almost indecipherable because on the signage, connected to the top right of the letter "r" is a large circle, which makes it look like a symbol, not a letter. I thought Bing might refer to Chinese bing (like the departed Kung Fu Bing on Division), but it's just the romanization of the Chinese name and there's nothing Bing-like on the menu. It's mostly boba and tea drinks, with a few snacks available. Most conspicuous are all the boxes of instant cup of noodles stacked on the counter. But they don't just pour boiling water into the cup. They also mix in fish balls, too, and actually the picture of the concoction looks pretty good. Also a variety of Vietnamese and American sandwiches. Two chicken banh mi for $4.25 is a pretty good deal. BingEr makes at least 7 restaurants at this address in less than 6 years, which is extraordinary, even in Chinatown.