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No. 1 Chinese isn't No. 1

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No. 1 Chinese isn't No. 1

jerusha | Apr 8, 2004 11:19 AM

It's my fault, really.
I didn't want to go in the first place, and the place has just opened, but when friends said they wanted to try No. 1 CHinese (ave B and 3rd, 4th streets), I agreed, despite my reservations.

I love Supper(same owners), but the thought of paying more for Chinese food when I could travel a few blocks down to Chinatown seemed crazy.

The space is kinda crazy, maybe in a good way. Like Suba, it extends down into a cavernous basement. There is the upstairs (mostly counter seating) and then a downstairs dining room, and a back lounge, where I am not sure if they serve food or just drinks. They have done a terrific job creating a sumptuous Chinese-inspired lounge-y feel.

Service is a disaster right now, maybe this'll change, maybe not.

Food is fine. Tasty. Dishes like General Tso's Chicken and Sesame Chicken are made the usual way, but with higher quality meat. The cold sesame noodles were a bit unusual--lighter than I usually have in Chinatown. I had a crab corn soup that was pretty tasty, with strips of fresh ginger. But basically, nothing I would rush back for.

Next time, I 'll head back to Chinatown instead.

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