Sun-Thurs, 11am-10pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am-1am
Staten Island Ferry to S76 at New Dorp Ln.-10th St.; Staten Island Ferry to Staten Island Railway at New Dorp.
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4 mile radius
A Staten Island Chinese food staple since 1981, this semiformal white-linen restaurant brings prix-fixe value and private-party rooms to the East Shore dining row of New Dorp Lane. In a solarium-like, 100-seat room with pastel napkins and dome chandeliers, waiters trot out Cantonese-American staples that hit and miss. Fried foods from chicken satay to deep-battered Grand Mariner shrimp – distinct only for a tangy mayonnaise topping – tame greasy hunger pangs, but that's about it. Spare ribs are less than succulent, and other dishes emerge too-heavily sauced, particularly pepper steak and token meat and veggie plates. A mildly flavored shrimp with lobster sauce takes a page from the motherland: thick, eggy, Cantonese-style gravy with scant bits of ground beef. Orange beef or tangerine chicken come pounded paper-thin and seared to tender crisp filets, sautéed with a sweet aroma of diced orange peels. Desserts are of the buy-it-yourself kind: ice-cream, canned pineapples, Jell-O, and almond cookies. But at decade-old prices, these simple treats are easy on the wallet. While this island mini-chain is far from the aromatic flash-cooking wok skills of Chinatown, it fills a sit-down Chinese-food dearth on the island.
Prix-fixe lunch, early-bird and prix-fixe dinners: A three-course lunch is served Monday to Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ranging from $5.55 to $7.95. A four-course lunch/early-bird dinner menu is available Monday to Friday, 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., for $11.95. A three-course, customizable combination dinner is served daily, 4 p.m. to close, from $18.95 to $22.95. Weekend brunch: An eat-in-only brunch menu is served Saturday and Sunday from 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., which includes wine or soda, soup, two appetizers, entrée and dessert for $11.95. Catering hall: The La Roma and Marocco rooms are available for private parties up to 80 and 150 guests, respectively. Menus range from $11.95 to $45 per person, excluding beverage plans.Recommended Dishes
Tangerine Chicken, $13.95; Sautéed Fish Filet $15.95, Orange Beef, $16.50; Filet Mignon and Shrimp, $21.95