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DISGUSTING: Big Eat Chinese Restaurant - 97 Broadway

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DISGUSTING: Big Eat Chinese Restaurant - 97 Broadway

Edward Felcher | May 26, 2004 07:08 AM

After being intrigued by many reviews discussing the large, unusual menu, glitzy tri-level Hong Kong style decor, etc, we went there last night, downloaded menu off internet in hand.

We were seated in a dingy first floor area, and not allowed to be seated in the more interesting-looking area upstairs, despite our request. The decor was not too glitzy, more of a decrepit nightclub.

Surprise one, there is no longer a large, multi-regional Asian menu. It has been replaced by a different one with very pedestrian choices.

I showed the old one to the waitress, thinking that we were being shown only the "gweilo" menu, but no, menu had changed.

The signature "giant bun" full of curry chicken was borderline inedible, absolutely disgusting and not even fully cooked, with giant, hacked pieces of red-raw chicken inside. The curry had no taste.

The "fried tripe" turned out to be Taiwanese-style fried intestines, not prepared well, with a too-sweet sugar sauce.

A few other dishes, like Portobello mushroom rice, were vile.

One of the managers (owner?) was clearly unpleasant, and seemed annoyed when asked about the food, and the service was non-existent.

No extra plates were provided to discard the shells on a clam dish, and once the dishes were unceremoniously dumped haphazard on the table, you could never find any waitress again.

We were a mixed couple (I am American and my wife is Japanese), everyone else at the place was Chinese, and a few seemed to be enjoying some dishes I could not identify, so perhaps this is a cross-cultural screw up, but I doubt it.

But as an avid Chinatown chowhound, I must say this was an expensive and repulsive experience and I will not be back there.

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