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100 Allen St., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Delancey St.
One of the best in Chinatown!!!
By zeecee on 1/9/2004
Large, carefully decorated, and there's a bar where you can wait (and you may have to) that serves Cosmopolitans for $3.50. They'll throw in a small plate of peanuts too! The menu is large with congee featured - a porridge dish you can eat alone or with a variety of toppings. It's not the reason we go here. The reason is the wonderful menu and the delicious dishes, all carefully prepared and affordable. The crab with scallions and onion, perhaps the best deal in the city at $7.99. The fried spareribs are also memorable. We were curious about the pea leaves with garlic(or something with a name like that) that's a hefty $11.95. It was fabulous and loaded with garlic. Service can be uneven. Last night we were wedged into a small table in a tiny room with three tables and the wait for our food was quite long. But the crab made me all worthwhile. They do have dishes over rice at kunch, priced in the $4-$5 vicinity. There are plenty of noodle and fried rice dishes at all times.
Bring a crowd
By zenden on 4/6/2004
Bustling expansive space with tacky decor, is a great spot for a big group. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait. Not exactly warm service, but efficient enough. I expected the congee to be good, but what really surprised me was the quality of the rest of the food. Delicious, and more important for a group - cheap!
Food and Service Hit or Miss
By Rhea on 11/16/2005
I've come here several times and have had different experiences, the last being positive. The staff accomodated us in their unique lounge while we watched a boxing match. Top shelf drinks are super duper cheap and the 1/2 duck and juicy buns were heavenly. Be prepared to go back several times to find the right menu items. Experience with staff has varied but generally average and sometimes above.
Specialties & a Scene at Congee Village
By ZenFoodster on 9/20/2006
Known for "jook," Congee Village serves congee that remedies any hungry stomach. Yet, in my inaugural visit there, I tried some of the Village's other specialty dishes. I started with the fried bread ("man-tao") & enjoyed 6 pieces served up with sweet & milky syrup. What a deal! The Spicy Salted Crab in Special Sauce, at $10.95, came with 4 small crabs in a garlic & dry shrimp sauce. The Sauteed Clams with Black Bean Sauce was packed full of flavor. The Flounder Fillet in 2 Tastes was a half disappointment. The fish itself was fresh & delicious. Tossed with pea pods & small mushrooms & mixed with a gingery & garlicky white sauce, the sauteed half of the dish was clean & light ("ching"), much like most Cantonese dishes. The fried portion, however, was covered by a batter that was too thick -much like fish n' chips. This part of the dish was a turn-off to me, though my Caucasian ("gweilo") dining partner liked it. The woodland village decor is cheap but does the trick of setting the scene-filled with tourists, local chinese, & hipsters alike..The long wait is off-set by the ridiculously low-priced cocktails & great, authentic food!
Delicious Chinese, find it here!
By delikado on 6/23/2008
I have yet to sample the namesake dish (in its numerous varieties), but that's mostly because I am always distracted by the other delicious items on the menu! Some must-haves: garlic chicken, pan-fried flounder, pork ribs with shrimp paste, and pan-fried minced pork with salted fish. As with many other restaurants in the area, the vibe at Congee Village is energetic, occasionally rushed, but that just adds to the charm.
Not the same
By FOODEATER on 7/5/2009
Over the years, I have gone to Congee Village and left satisfied. But, yesterday, that all changed. The portion size is half the size with the prices increased. The service is poor. They don't give you your whole order. You might have to ask a few times before you get youÂ’re complete ordered if you are lucky. I never did get my bowl of rice.
What happenned to this place???
By anthonybsd on 12/15/2009
Used to be fantastic. Went here a few times with colleagues and loved it. Checked it out with my wife tonight ( was scouting for a big private party for her birthday).This place has really gone downhill. I don't recall service this bad since.. Actually I don't think I've ever had service this bad ever. Our table had big wet stains and had a funny smell. The teapot they brought us had massive dirty residue on it. The wait staff was openly hostile from the get go. A few times the waiter has actually deliberately ignored us and gave us a weird wicked smile. The manager saw this and said nothing. In general staff seems to have been very frustrated by something, The food was OK, but the signature congee simply wasn't enough to make for the service from hell.
No soup in the soup dumplings!
By xbettytsangx on 6/23/2010
We went to the Allen St. location recently and ordered the soup dumplings. The dumplings had no soup and when we mentioned this to our server he said that they must have been steamed too long and made it seem like it was our problem..not that of the kitchen! The manager came by and repeated what the server said without any mention of replacing it with a new order. We requested a new order and the manager said it would take 30 minutes to deter us from sending it back. The new one came out with 4 soup dumplings minus 2 that we already ate. An order usually comes with 6. The second order didn't have soup either and the manager replied "These are different. They don't have soup in them." I suspect that they just brought the same ones out to us. This place is horrible. If you want to wait a long time for terrible food, this is the place to go.
Congee Village - MNDC Review!
By TheMNDC on 7/28/2010
Great food, great lychee martini, fun setting. Congee village is a well rounded, exciting Cantonese experience. I tried (and loved) the Deep Fried Frog, Razor Clams, Sauteed Scallops in Back Pepper, Sea Cucumber and Goose Web, Small Juicy Bun in Shanghai Style, House Special Chicken, and of course the famous Congee. Every dish was equally amazing; however, if I had to pick top two it would be Deep Fried Frog and Razor Clams. Next visit I hope to test my comfort zone and try Nature's Bird Nest and Geoduck Clam Shashimi. I highly recommend Congee Village for places to bring out-of-towners. For more Monday Night Dinner Club - NYC reviews, checkout: http://www.themndc.com/component/content/article/35-restaurants/96-congee-village
By bookseller on 10/5/2010
I hosted a party of ten at Congee Village last week, and it was wonderful. The service was very good -- our waiter even helped me set up the weird little place-cards and decorations I had brought in -- and the food was the BOMB. We particularly loved the Golden Egg Fried Rice, the E-Fu Noodles with Shitakes, the Jellyfish Salad, the Spareribs with Shrimp Paste, the steamed fish -- perfectly cooked, and incredibly delicious -- the Peking Duck, and the Shrimp with Broccoli and Walnuts. We had masses and masses of food (could easily have fed another four people), nearly all of it quite wonderful, buckets of cocktails, and the bill for the ten of us, including tax and a healthy tip, came to less than $600. Great value and swell food. My only disappointment: I couldn't get anyone in my party to sing "Dancing Queen."
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