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Jul 2, 2012 03:02 PM

Atlantic Seafood is Really Harbor Kitchen

Thanks to yay4food for the heads up on the opening of Atlantic Seafood upstairs from the gym in Atlantic Times Square. I arrived at 10am expecting a mob scene like the one I remember when Top Island first opened up a few years ago (yes, that Top Island), but the crowd was surprisingly tame and there were open tables. Dim sum is primarily cart service with extras being carried on trays. Had a half dozen items, all decently good but not overwhelming either. Best items were the pumpkin filled green tea balls and the Hong Kong taro buns. While I was there this guy seemed to wave to me a couple of times. Though he was dressed in a baseball cap and a short sleeve shirt he was part of the restaurant landscape and I figured he was one of those semi-recognizable faces from some other restaurant. When I went to pay he came up to me and said "We're here now!" I still didn't make the connection so I had to ask him where he used to be. That's when he said that Atlantic Seafood was the successor to Harbor Kitchen, and that he had recognized me as one of his Harbor Kitchen customers. Street address is 500 N. Atlantic Bl., #200.

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  1. That's when he said that Atlantic Seafood was the successor to Harbor Kitchen, and that he had recognized me as one of his Harbor Kitchen customers.

    I believe you are on a "Most Wanted" list on the NYC boards.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      That's because they've never eaten in the San Gabriel Valley.

      1. re: Chandavkl

        Not only that, but that can't even begin to imagine what the SGV is like.

        1. re: ipsedixit

          Yes, I tried the "imagine a Chinatown as big as all of Manhattan in acreage" but I don't think it sunk in.

          1. re: Chandavkl

            There are probably more "bad" Chinese (of whatever persuasion) restaurants in SGV than all Chinese restaurants (good, bad, and great) combined in the five Burroughs.

          2. re: ipsedixit

            I've interacted with some NYC folks on other sites I browse who got ahold of the article. They seem to think that Americanized stuff like orange chicken is what you were missing Chandavkl. Oh ignorance is bliss!

            1. re: Johnny L

              Yeah, I saw one comment that LA Chinese food is no good because too much of it is prepared by Caucasian chefs.

            2. re: ipsedixit

              Yes, recall the NY poster who made the claim Flushing was greater because it was far smaller, and thus easier to navigate? For some reason, he thought the SGV was strung out over a huge amount of miles.

              1. re: JThur01

                I think that was scoopG who is extremely knowledgeable about Chinese food, and like myself likes to analyze food in a greater cultural and socio-economic context. But he has no idea what the SGV is like and why it in the aggregate it eclipses anything New York can come up with.

                1. re: Chandavkl

                  Takes one good visit to realize the scope of what we have.

        2. Atlantic Seafood has been closed since July 5. Apparently the air conditioning doesn't work. How embarrassing to be open for just a week before closing for repairs.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            At least they're not closed because of health code vioation. :-)

            1. re: raytamsgv

              In the past couple of days (not today necessarily), I would consider lack of A/C a definite health issue.