Yuen Yuen 人人 冰室 in Chinatown is gone。
On the rare day I thought to look for it last week I paced up and down Bayard wondering if I'd remembered its location incorrectly. (61 Bayard btw Mott and Elizabeth)
This was the place that in chinese hand-written sign offered rattlesnake soup and other Herbal tonics, besides the old style Cantonese dishes. The place had old world charm.
Now I will always wonder if the rattlesnake soup was any good...
I am in shock. They were the quintessential old school Chinatown place with real home cooked food like fish with bitter melon, steamed pork with salt fish, fish belly with ginger, and the tonics, rattle snake, deer penis, etc. They had been there forever, any idea why they closed? It is a real loss, a sad comment on the decline of the old Chinatown.
yah i noticed this last weekend too, i was actually going to review it fairly soon, but i guess im not going to anymore.
The food was ok, some of the desserts were decent. However, their almond milk was really good, it's unfortunate that it's gone for that alone
sgordon - there is nothing like this in NY now, in fact there is very little like this place anywhere. This place was really old school cantonese, but actually really old school toison, the main lady spoke toison and even her cantonese was very heavily accented. i know some places like this in hong kong (although they are much better) and I'm sure they exist in toison, but even there the world has moved on and this was kind of like frozen in time
Now, darn it, one must travel to Flushing and get the dried ingredients and hazard making medicinal soup themselves!
It is a shame that Chinatown's changing as rapidly as it is.