E at World Trade Center; R, W at Cortlandt St.
American Express, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
State St. to Canal St., FDR Dr. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
A trader's day is full of volatility, so it's no wonder so many of them seek a little lunch-hour consistency. They find just that at this popular Chinese joint, which hasn't changed much in its 15-year run in the World Financial Center. Though the sunny, insulated spot tries to shake the food-court feel of the atrium by using polished ebony-colored wood and lavender glass, it still sports customary trimmings like the requisite fish tank and golden dragon ornamentation. The menu is just as familiar with all the usual suspects—from General Tso to chow fun—served-up with ample time to make the next meeting. The clientele expects the mass-market uniformity of delicate, steamed dumplings and the freshness of the tiny vegetable dice tucked inside, just as they anticipate a thin layer of flavor-adding fat on slices of crispy duck, and the sweet and sour edge on the kung pao. The patrons here don't mind. In fact, they count on it, perhaps returning to the rat race wishing that the stock market could be as dependable.Recommended Dishes
Crispy duck coriander, $12.95