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Hop Lee

16 Mott St., New York, NY 10013 40.714259 -73.998479
nr. Worth St.  See Map | Subway Directions Hopstop Popup
212-962-6475 Send to Phone

  • Cuisine: Chinese, Seafood
  • Price Range: $$

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Sun-Thu, 11am–midnight; Fri-Sat, 11am-1am

Nearby Subway Stops

6, J, N, Q, R, Z to Canal St.



Payment Methods

MasterCard, Visa

Special Features

  • Classic NY
  • Good for Groups
  • Lunch
  • Private Dining/Party Space
  • Take-Out
  • Family Style
  • Special Occasion
  • Catering


  • Beer and Wine Only




Considering the slew of Chinese eateries that populate the same block, Hop Lee may not be the star of the neighborhood, but it isn’t lacking in old-school Cantonese charm, either. The no-frills basement setting is a time warp back to an earlier era, complete with red-leather chairs, a dusty tank full of lethargic-looking fish, and menus that appear suspiciously like they’ve been around since the eighties. Hop Lee’s unpretentiousness lets the restaurant accommodate families and big, boisterous groups, and there’s a festive and authentic banquet menu for parties of six to ten. The food is classic and straightforward, though also hit-or-miss. Dishes dressed in black bean sauce, sautéed with ginger and scallions, or with “Cantonese-style” or “crispy” in the description are safe bets (especially the sautéed lobster with black bean sauce—remember to ask for it Cantonese-style). The menu may not be populated with as many must-haves as the more well known Wo Hop and Hop Kee, but Hop Lee’s affordable, family-style dishes makes it a dependable neighborhood standby.

Recommended Dishes

Snow pea leaves with garlic, $7.95; sautéed lobster with black bean sauce Cantonese-style, seasonal; sin koo steak kew, $17.95; steamed minced pork with salt egg, $8.95