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Charlie Mom

464 Sixth Ave., New York, NY 10001 40.735449 -73.998169
nr. 12th St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-807-8585 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Price Range: $$

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Hours

Sun-Thu, 11:45am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11:45am-12:30am

Nearby Subway Stops

F, M at 14th St.

Prices

$7.95-$18.95

Payment Methods

American Express, MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Delivery
  • Lunch
  • Take-Out

Alcohol

  • Full Bar

Reservations

Not Accepted

Delivery Area

Canal St. to 25th St., Ave. A to Tenth Ave.

Profile

Remember the old days, when everyone ordered Chinese takeout? That was before carbophobes scared us away from rice and noodles, and before sashimi eclipsed lo mein. Charlie Mom remembers. This largely takeout operation, which delivers via moped for free to almost the entire lower half of Manhattan, has been serving up the same salty, starchy, swimming-in-sauce favorites for more than 20 years. One bite of the sesame chicken—a clumped, battered mass of chunks so deeply fried the meat is almost unrecognizable—will whisk you back to the late eighties. The cold sesame noodles are another throwback to an earlier, doughier time: You need a knife to cut through the tangle of thick, chewy egg noodles and nutty-tasting paste. Don’t be deluded by the healthier-sounding vegetable dishes on the menu: Even the seemingly innocent sautéed asparagus and sugar snap peas come drenched in an overpowering garlicky brown sauce. And although Charlie Mom does have a small, wood-paneled dining room down the hall from its bustling front-room takeout hub, the too-bright lights and bought-in-bulk paintings don’t make for much ambience. Better to order in and resolve to start dieting tomorrow.

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