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Haven't been to PG in years. The last time must've been when I was in my teens, when it was still in the arcade in Chinatown. The salt-and-pepper shrimp has been indelibly seared into my brain forevermore.

For me, my baseline consists of home-cooked meals by my grandmother and mother. Being of Chinese (Fukien)/Filipino ancestry, that's the yardstick I use to compare most Chinese meals in NY.

Will I eat it? Sure. I'll eat most anything that you put in front of me. Will I sing its praises and heap hosannas? That's a different story altogether. Would I go out of my way to restaurant _________? Only if my friends are going. Chinese food isn't something I'll actively seek out unless I'm with company.

That being said, here's what I do like:

Grand Sichuan (50th St): any of the freshly killed chicken dishes, green parrot w/red mouth, fatty bacon, chestnuts, ma po tofu, dan dan noodles, pork with sour string beans

Wu Liang Ye (east 86th St)
New Green Bo
Congee Village

Chives and pork fried dumplings and sesame pancakes at Dumpling House.
House-smoked duck at Chao Zhou in Flushing.
Just about anything at Hong Kong Station.
Oysters in a clay pot and flash-fried shrimp with Shao Hsing wine at Oriental Garden.

Chinatown Brasserie is ok for dim sum, as in once in a very blue moon.

When I was living in Jackson Heights, there was a Chinese seafood palace near 74th and Roosevelt that's closed now. They had one of the best red-cooked chicken with ginger/garlic/scallion paste that I've had in a while. Winter melon soup with Smithfield ham. That's a little over nine years ago. Ah, memories.

My grandmother still makes the best lion's head meatballs, hands down. I doubt any restaurant could surpass hers.

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On another thread, Abby challenges my assertion that Toronto is a better bet for Chinese food than NY or London.   While I can be certain of its superiority to London, she is right to suggest that

Her blues too cerulean her greens too verdigris.

New, very interesting Chinese spot in soft opening on the east side of 3rd Ave, just north of the Rodeo Bar (27th?). I grabbed a take out menu the other day, tons of very interesting selections - ambitious and authentic (at least on paper). Looks like they sunk a lot of $ into the renovation. I only saw the ground

floor but it appears to be 3 levels, highly styled. Will try this weekend and report back...

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New, very interesting Chinese spot in soft opening on the east side of 3rd Ave, just north of the Rodeo Bar (27th?). I grabbed a take out menu the other day, tons of very interesting selections - ambitious and authentic (at least on paper). Looks like they sunk a lot of $ into the renovation. I only saw the ground

floor but it appears to be 3 levels, highly styled. Will try this weekend and report back...

 

Whats the name, whats the name..

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New, very interesting Chinese spot in soft opening on the east side of 3rd Ave, just north of the Rodeo Bar (27th?). I grabbed a take out menu the other day, tons of very interesting selections - ambitious and authentic (at least on paper). Looks like they sunk a lot of $ into the renovation. I only saw the ground

floor but it appears to be 3 levels, highly styled. Will try this weekend and report back...

 

Whats the name, whats the name..

 

A report on Chowhound: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/385001

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Yup, that is the place; Shanghai Restaurant. Its quiet because #1) they are in a soft opening and #2) they still (as of last week) don't have their liquor license. Owner told me the head chef and part of management is from the upper east side's Shanghai Pavillion. I did try their juicy buns on my "fly by" -

they were good. Broth wasn't as fatty as I prefer but Id order them again. Ill hit it this weekend and report back.

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Well, Happy Joy is shuttered now, and that was a great place for roast pig. Wing Shoon, meanwhile, is very fancied up after its refurbishment: dim sum there was okay, not life-changing, but it's still very cheap.

 

oh, crap -- my one visit there was very good and i was looking forward to more. drove by and saw it shuttered and hoped it was just for the day.

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I love mangosteen. The two times I've been able to buy the whole fruit in NYC, though -- frozen from Thailand and smuggled directly from there or through Canada; Thai mangosteens are illegal to import -- the quality was variable.

 

But I'm happy to report that the Chinese/Vietnamese grocery on Bowery, near the southeast corner of Grand St., is again selling packaged, frozen, sweetened mangosteen juice, $1.95 for ten ounces including peeled fruit at the bottom of the cup. They stopped selling it a couple of months ago, and I've been nagging them since then to restock it. I've never found it anywhere else.

 

This is the mangosteen juice that tastes good, like perfumey lychee or longan but even better. This is not the supposedly anticancer and antioxidant alternative-medicine mangosteen juice that is processed with the skin. I don't want to think what that tastes like.

 

You can find the tasty mangosteen juice in the freezer case on the right side of the store, past the checkout counter, near the rear, sharing a shelf with frozen soursop and cane juice sold in similar cups. The mangosteen juice's cups have purple labels.

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