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Nov 6, 2013 11:26 AM

Congee Bowery recs?

I have a bday dinner I have here on saturday night I have to go to. What dishes do you like? I havent been here in a few years

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  1. To be honest I wouldn't recommend Congee Bowery. The last time I ate there the salt and pepper squid and house special chicken were not nearly as good as Congee Village.

    I'm curious to read what others would recommend there.

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    1. re: darren425

      yah the bday guy like bowery better than village. ive heard it either way, i live smack in the middle between both of them so i was like up to you since it so convenient for me haha

    2. Any visit by my family would be Seafood heavy and include whole fish, shrimp and lobster...but some others that always find their way to the table ordered by others would be:

      * Sliced Conch with Shrimp Stuffed Tofu
      * Claypot Rice
      * Claypot Spare Ribs with Bitter Melon & Black Beans
      * Eel
      * Baked Fish Maw
      * Razor Clams...or Snails
      * Tofu and Vegetables

      If a gringo is involved, then probably Peking Pork Chops.

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      1. re: fourunder

        you like their bo zai fan (clay pot rice)?

        ahh interesting choices, i might not have tried some of these

        1. re: Lau

          Let's just say I have in the past....I have also not been there in a couple of years..... but with regards to the rice pot, as long as they actually give you some actual parts with meat, rather than scraps(which I have never experienced), it's not really a complicated dish to master....but then again, I have a lot more tolerance for mishaps than others on the subject of NYC Chinatown in general. Even if expectations are not met, I don't go ballistic and trash the place on chowhound over a few dollars like others.

          1. re: fourunder

            i think im a pretty rationale CHer, i dont trash places unnecessarily and i also dont trash them based on one visit either usually

            1. re: Lau

              Sorry for any confusion, but I did not have you in mind for those last comments. I thought from past posts you realized I respected and appreciated your reviews....even if I didn't always agree. If I didn't, I would not have responded to your query. I do not post on threads where some others participate and post, new or they know every bad menu item and place in New York.

              For the record, you are probably the most fair guy out there on NYC Chinatown and the Outer Bouroughs

        2. re: fourunder

          This looks like a good list of things they do well. Also ong choy with fuyu, tofu and chicken casserole with salt fish, steamed pork with salt fish. In general, I have liked their fish and seafood more or less as much as Congee Village. Their bo zai fan was better----but that was also 2 or 3 years ago. The garilc chicken is definitely better at Congee Village.

        3. I really like the house special chicken at Congee Bowery - that's actually one of my favorite dishes in Chinatown. The skin is crispy and nearly falls off the chicken, almost like Peking duck, and there's lots of big pieces of fried garlic on top. It's pretty similar to the garlic fried chicken that you recommended at Cafe Hong Kong.

          As far as congee goes, I like the sampan congee, mainly because of the peanuts.

          The only other Congee location I've eaten at is the one further south on Bowery in Chinatown proper and I don't like that one as much.

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          1. was just there two weekends ago, ordered:

            salted egg yolk dungeness crab
            sitr-fried razor clams (whole, de-shelled) on a bed of mushrooms
            salt&pepper tilapia/shrimp/squid
            xo oysters on the shell
            sliced conch w/shrimp stuffed tofu

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            1. re: avial

              how was it?

              how was the salted egg yolk crab? i havent seen that much in the US

              1. re: Lau

                the crab, oysters, and razor clams were great, everything else was fine, the salt&pepper combo seemed small but it may have been just that I got to it late in the game.

                some of the Shanghainese places in Queens do salted egg yolk as well but with just a stir fry, not a deep fry then stir fry, for example, I remember having this at Da Jiang Nan Bei on Kissena across from the Golden Supermarket a few years ago.

            2. we still like this place quite a lot and it continues to be very solidly patronized

              heres my most recent report


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                1. re: Lau

                  how was the dinner, what dishes made the short list?