I can't recall anyone ever doing a whole post on Chef Ho's, located on 2nd Ave. between 89th and 90th.
The restaurant is a throwback not to old-school Cantonese but to the time when Hunan cuisine seemed vaguely exotic to non-Chinese.
I was absolutely charmed by the service staff, who seemed to know most of the customers well. My friend and I were there to eat the Peking duck and the duck itself was excellent -- the pancakes were a little thick and slightly rubbery. The servers will fill the pancakes for you (ours did so deftly and with great cheer) or you can roll your own. No, it's not as good as PDH in Chinatown but it was mighty tasty, as were the greasy dried sauteed string beans.
Total bill without drinks was $40 for two.
I've forgotten what it's like to go to a Chinese restaurant with a warm, neighborhood feel. I'm sure that's a good part of the success Chef Ho's.
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