Neighborhoods: Downtown, Chinatown
The eternal debate lingers: Wo Hop or Hop Kee? The two restaurants are in fact almost indistinguishable, and to make matters even more confusing, they are right next to each other on Mott Street. If pressed, I would say that Wo Hop does the classic Cantonese-American dishes better, and Hop Kee the (slightly) newer dishes, like spicy salt pork chops, or black bean crabs. Neither restaurant can really be said to cater to Chinese customers, but there is a legendary Chinese menu unavailable to English speakers. Bring a translator!
Warhorse of a Chinatown Restaurant – Great chinese restaurant for those who have actually eaten in China, I got flashbacks the first time I came here; it's affordable, food is served hot and quick, and the atmosphere is chaotic. One thing though, I really do not understand why people recommend the cantonese crabs. I got them once and they were terrible for these reasons: Impossible to eat, messiest thing I have ever seen, and the amount of work you put in for the tiniest bits of overcooked crab is not worth it. Imagine crushed up soggy crab shells smothered in thanksgiving gravy with bits of pork, cause thats the dish! Get the salted squid with hot peppers, any chow fun, and some bok choy and you will not be dissappointed. Oh yeah, and be prepared to wait a bit (20 min) on weekend prime time nights.
Best steamed flounder! – Ok, style may be "0" but substance is definitely a "10" with the quality of cooking right up there with the top Hong Kong chefs, I dare say!
I've been coming here for the last 10 years when I am in the city and just love the steamed flounder, porkchops and watercress. I recommend this highly for anyone who wants to experience an authentic Chinese restaurant where the focus is on extremely good but inexpensive food. I guarantee you'll come back!
Excellent Food – As many have said before me, the decor is as plain as any place I've ever been. In fact, decor-less is more appropriate. But, the food was wonderful. I went with a group of 6, and the service was fast, the food was delicious, and the restaurant was clean. But, one dish that many had recommended on different websites turned out to not be what we expected. Two of us ordered the Cantonese Crab, because of all the recommendations we read. It was very difficult to eat. It was quite messy, and getting the crabmeat out of the shells was more trouble than it was worth. I don't recommend it at all. The Chinese brocolli was one of the best vegetables I have ever had, and the porkchops were great, the sweet and sour pork was great as was everything else we had right down to the fried wontons!
THE BEST IN CHINATOWN – hands down the best chinese food in chinatown. DONT BRING A DATE ESP A FIRST. there is no "decor/ambiance" expect messy, fun, tasty, cheap eating with the boys/girls
Here are the favorites – Hop Kee has the best Chinese food in Chinatown! Try these dishes, you wont be disappointed: spicy beef chowfun, peking porkchops or salted porkchops, steak and broccoli, scallopes and snowpeas, and the crabs.
I have been a fan of this restaurant for the past 15 plus years! It's always great, fast, and cheap. Worth the trip! (We use to go in every Thursday from Nassau County, Long Island!)
A Diamond in the Rough – Passing by Hop Kee one is struck by it's unassuming nature. Yet you can't help but notice the number of people waiting to go down the steps of this back alley restaurant and with good reason. While it's true Hop Kee isnt much to look at, the food is the absolute best Chinese food you will ever eat in your life. Not sure what to get? The helpful staff is definite Chinese old school and will help you pick something to your palette. No matter what dish you order, you'll be treated to a tasteful delight like no other. If you're looking for 'fine dining experience' with lesser quality food and jacked up prices to boot, try somewhere else. But for authentic Chinese food and home-style service come to Hop Kee.
Legendary – Hop Kee serves the most delicious Chinese food I've ever eaten. You basically eat right after you order, and you should share dishes so everyone can taste. The prices are dirt-cheap for the food you're getting. Hop Kee was the first restaurant my parents took me to as a kid, i was two years old. I've gone about five times a year every year after that, and now that I go to college in the city, I'm there almost every other week. I've brought so many kids downtown to Hop Kee and I'm not exaggerating when I say 9 in 10 want to go back. Awesome, awesome place!
mmmmm – My fave place to go for chinese in the city. They have great food and a great atmosphere, very homey. I'd highly recommend it to anyone that enjoys great chinese food!
Best Chinese Food – We highly recommend the shrimp with hot peppers, cantonese crab, and lomein. Food is delicious, service is quick, and location is great for visitors to Chinatown. Very casual, not for special occasions or if you're looking for ambiance but the food is first rate.
It's about the food, not the decor – Okay, so the bathroom is a little scary and the milieu brings to mind an old diner or cafeteria, but simply put, the food here is the best. Anytime, anywhere. For lunch, for dinner, post all night bacchanalia, Hop Kee is to die for. My last meal would definitely consist of their spicy/salty pork and squid.
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