Best Current Chinatown Banquet Place
I have a bunch of friends in town and am looking for the current champ when it comes to Chinatown banquet style places. I have enjoyed OG and Fuleen in the past but have not been in probably over a year. Looking for fresh seafood especially.
I always find Oriental Garden reliable and went again for my birthday in February. Everyone was pleased. We didn't concentrate particularly on seafood but did have a fish dish, scallops, and shrimp among other dishes.
Whether they're the best in Chinatown, though, I couldn't be sure.
Ended up at Fuleen and it was very good as usual. Had Snails in black bean sauce--Nicely done, I like the black bean sauce with the snails.
Lobster x/o--I like their version best in Chinatown, this was excellent as usual
Steamed black bass w ginger and scallion--Very fresh tasting fish, a nice contrast to the other dishes.
Peking pork chops--A guilty pleasure of mine.
Pea Shoots w garlic--solid
Dungeness Crab Harbor Style--First time I tried it this way, very flavorful but did not overwhelm the frest sweet crab,
Some braised chicken dish which was kind of a dud.
Good meal, everyone was pleased.
Was it warm and welcoming? Well I wouldn't say thats the vibe here, it is more about the food. The waiters were perfectly competant and the decor leaves something to be desired but it was a good experience and a good meal.
It worked well for a group of college friends. Also they let you bring in wine which is nice. I suppose wine and old friends improve any atmosphere.