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Jul 2, 2013 05:42 PM

New Moon - San Marino

Been driving past it for a while...replaces Jasmine Cafe.

Looks like the same americanized chinese food. How long is this one gonna last?

New Moon
2148 Huntington Dr
San Marino, CA 91108

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  1. That entire stretch of Huntington Blvd. has really gone downhill to the pits, this includes the Fish Market and Yoshida.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      It is not very Chow-worthy, but the Noodle World in San Marino is decent for cheaper eats. I like it better than the Valley Bl location in Alhambra

      1. re: ipsedixit

        Agreed. Fish Market used to be decent..their snapper special was good but went down hill very quickly.

        Their selection of seafood is also overpriced and not so fresh.

        1. re: dreamcast18

          I just went there for the first time a few weeks ago & had an excellent grilled halibut. Everything looked fresh to me. Prices were high but not out of line with what I see elsewhere.

        2. Or subtitled Toishanese fight back. Great to see one of Los Angeles' pioneering Chinese restaurants in an expansion mode.

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          1. re: Chandavkl

            So this is the same New Moon that used to be on San Pedro St., moved to Montrose and expanded back to Downtown LA?

            I used to go to the San Pedro location as a child with my family.

            1. re: Ogawak

              Apparently so since they're featuring the chicken salad, which may have been invented by them 50 years ago. And they do have other locations in Glendale and Canyon Country.

              1. re: Chandavkl

                Looks like it's downtown, Montrose and Valencia, in addition to San Marino.


          2. It's a new location for the fantastic New Moon on 9th in downtown LA. I have lunch there at least two times a week. Love the owners (family run) - wish they would open one on the westside.

            1. And I was just thinking, while driving on Sierra Madre behind some insanely slow Chinese Lexus last night, how San Marino contributes nearly nothing to the Chinese food scene.

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              1. re: TonyC

                I can open the best singapore style hainanese chicken rice joint in San Marino and it will fail.

                somehow bad feng shui for most businesses there...ever noticed how many hands that oil change joint at San Gabriel and Huntington had changed hands?

                1. re: dreamcast18

                  Or that that gas station charges like, $10/gallon, when everyone else is filling up for $4/gallon?

                  1. re: ipsedixit

                    RIGHT? WTF is wrong w/ that gas station? It's like the entire city is "out to get you", "you" being anyone who drives by who doesn't own a home with the perimeters.

                    OTOH, if I owned a nice house in San Marino, I'd be able to design in a "wok kitchen", thereby also being able to afford a private chef (from Chengdu?), thereby avoiding the need to eat out anywhere else in SM, thereby causing the death of dreamcast18's fantastic HCR restaurant.

                    1. re: TonyC

                      That place is one of the last true bastions of "full service" ... and I mean that in the most derogatorily complimentary way possible.

                      1. re: TonyC

                        It depends on if the nice house is in "San Marino" or "Sub Marino".

                        1. re: raytamsgv

                          You mean North San Gabriel, er, I mean "San Marino Adjacent"?

                          1. re: ipsedixit

                            You forgot Alhambra. A classmate of mine has a house that's situated so that the front yard is in San Marino and the backyard is in Alhambra.... Although "sub" Marino could technically include any part south of Huntington Dr.

                            AFAIK, any gas stations w/i city limits must be full-service.

                            The Ice Cream Parlor and Hammy's did quite well for many yrs there.... Wish they would banish the nasty folks at Tony's (does that place even still exist?).

                    2. re: dreamcast18

                      San Marino is notorious for not supporting its merchants--not just the city bureaucrats, but the community as well. How Yoshida, Noodle World, and San Marino Seafood ever got there is beyond my imagination.

                    3. re: TonyC

                      San Marino is a black hole for businesses, especially for restaurants. Combine high rents with the fact that getting a liquor license in the city is incredibly difficult, and a lukewarm customer base, who in their right mind would want to start a business there. Yoshida is the only place that serves alcohol that's been able to get a steady foothold in the city.

                      1. re: chezwhitey

                        i thought it was something that has to do with zoning as well. i know fast food restaurants are not permitted in san marino. but from what i observe on Mission St. you can open up a completely useless shop like Fancy That or a store that sells old lady clothes and go out of business in a year.

                        1. re: trolley

                          That's a bit unfair. Mrs. O and I wound up doing nearly all of our Christmas shopping there last year, did it all on foot in that two-block stretch of Mission, and had a great time and a delightful lunch at Julienne. We did prefer the other "useless" shop that was in that spot before Fancy That, but FT proved pretty useful. The stores were busy but not packed, all the children were well-behaved, and the only hassle, if you could call it that, was waiting 20 minutes for a lunch table.

                          It could very well be that I'm showing my age here, but while I can't afford to eat lunch at Julienne very often, I can afford both Twohey's and Colonial Kitchen, and my old HS buddy from Illinois and I do that quite often and like them very much. Just diner food, but nicely done, and it suits us.

                          1. re: Will Owen

                            Mrs. O and I wound up doing nearly all of our Christmas shopping there last year, did it all on foot in that two-block stretch of Mission ...

                            This, might be the most astounding thing I've read all week.

                            And, I read. Alot.

                            1. re: Will Owen

                              oh Will Owen! you're one of the last people I'd want to offend on CH so my apologies to you. what's useless to one can clearly be the best thing since sliced bread for others. I see some of these overpriced clothing shops with no customers like some rich housewife's vanity project. I know a few of those (not in SM) and it depresses me.

                              I guess the zoning in san marino and it's intentions of keeping it strictly residential IMO can one day be like Hopkins St in Berkeley or some of the neighborhoods in Denver. Very residential with decent houses then a strip of small shops that provide something that's useful. I suppose now that there's a Porta Via there's a bit of that going.

                              1. re: Will Owen

                                Twohey's is a) in Alhambra, not San Marino b) an incredibly dreadful place. I try to go to there once a year to remind myself 1) this is all that is wrong w/ America's food system 2) what not to eat in all of America.

                                1. re: TonyC

                                  Actually their breakfast is decent and their hot fudge sundaes are excellent.

                                  1. re: Ernie

                                    If I was in that are, i'd rather eat breakfast at colonial kitchen.. yea..

                                    1. re: blimpbinge

                                      I've never been there. What do you recommend for breakfast at Colonial Kitchen?

                                      1. re: Ernie

                                        I usually get the titan w/ o'brien potatos

                                2. re: Will Owen

                                  i've always wondered about colonial kitchen. it's always struck me as the dennys type alternative for people who don't care to leave san marino.

                                  1. re: Will Owen

                                    Interesting. If I could afford it, I think I'd prefer to shop on about a three block stretch of Mission in South Pas. Lots of places to eat as well.

                                    1. re: mc michael

                                      Or going the other direction for about oh say, 2 minutes or so: SinBaLa.

                                3. re: chezwhitey

                                  That's what I was really implying. San Marino is the ultimate city for NIMBYs and zoned itself as such, with assist from planning commission plainly being fed by said NIMBYs. I'm curious though: does not the city's citizen NOT enjoy dining out? They're certainly not operating permaculture city ranches to feed themselves...

                                  1. re: TonyC

                                    I doubt that most of the residents dine out on a regular basis (meaning more than 1-2x/wk and likely almost never on a weeknight). Most of the time, mom or housekeeper/nanny does the cooking, or you get take out. And since very few people who live in the city actually *work* in the city, there's no need for food places near home when it's equally convenient to simply go somewhere closer to work to get food to-go....

                                    1. re: ilysla

                                      Their housekeepers buy take out for them. Or, the housekeepers just cook.

                                4. re: TonyC

                                  FWIW, it becomes san marino south of huntington. the last place i thought was ok on that stretch was to dine for. geez, that was about 14 years ago now that i think about it.

                                5. Of course I'm revealing my lack of sophistication and my un-Chow-worthiness but, I like New Moon, Montrose. I hope it survives and thrives in San Marino. I love the filet of sole in blackbean sauce, shrimp with candied glazed walnuts, and Mongolian beef. Maybe I'm reminded of Man Fook Low when I order the Mongolian beef or maybe Tasty Garden when i order the shrimp with candied glazed walnuts. Regardless of whether or not it is authentic, it is good!

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                                  1. re: Fru

                                    As I noted above, I absolutely love New Moon (downtown). Try the Shelby Chicken!