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Sep 16, 2012 12:31 PM

Old Syle Chinese Restaurants

They CAN be very good! Is Wo Hop good or just inexpensive?

Does anyone remember what restaurant in Queens (Flushing?) that Emeril rec'd on his travel show?

I was thinking of trying Budakan (I know, newer style) but reviews often point out it's just too expensive.

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  1. What's wrong with Noodle Town?

    1. Emeril has a travel show?

      1. No, Wo Hop is not good.

        I have no idea which restaurant Emeril recommended, but there are loads of good Chinese restaurants in Flushing. Post to the Outer Borough for recommendations. It sounds like you're looking for old-school Cantonese or Toisanese food.

        And as Sneakeater points out, Great NY Noodletown has been a mainstay of very good, inexpensive Hong Kong-style food for over 30 years.

        4 Replies
        1. re: Pan

          I'm sure it was King Yum that Emeril referred to-cause I saw his pic plastered all over the wall there last week when I went for the first time because supposedly they made the best egg foo young. I was not impressed at all! Very old school and very average food although the place was crowded with families out for Sunday night dinner. Everything I had was mediocre including bbq ribs, egg foo young, lobster w ginger and scallion.Actually drove from the upper east side specifically try the egg foo young. I'll stick to my faves in own nabe in future which are Pig Heaven and Wa Jeal.

          1. re: UES Mayor

            Yes, that was the one; what do you like to order at the other two you mention?

            1. re: walker

              Pig heaven-The best ribs in town (Chinese style). Also love their three glass chicken-so delicious!!! Nancy's noodle (owner is Nancy Lee) is very good as wll.
              At wa Jeal, I love pork belly w specila peppers, camphor smoked duck and dan dan nodle.

              1. re: UES Mayor

                Wa Jeal - Totally agree on dan dan noodle. I really love the twice cooked pork with spicy capsicum. And now that you can order on line, it is great.

        2. Hop Kee is the best. We go down there from the UES. Crabs Cantonese and even Wor Shu Opp!! Really good old style food. It will not dissapoint!! Unfortunately Wajeal and Pig Heaven have really slipped over the last few years. Wajeal now is under new management and, the last few times at Pig Heaven, were awful. Have been going to Land of Plenty (Szechuan) on East 58th, as it is really the best on the UES though, it is more like Midtown West.

          1. I went to Chef Ho in Yorkville area and it was about an 8. The minute I walked in, it was cool, quiet and smelled like I want a Chinese restaurant to smell. Some dishes were served with the metal lid to remove -- I love this. Eggrolls okay.