NYer for about 3 years, but almost exclusively a lurker on this board.
I find myself serving jury duty at 100 Centre St. for approximately 2 weeks. I did my research, and came up with a list of places to hit during my 1 hour and 15 minute lunch. I've already visited two (Big Wong King and Great NY Noodletown), but I'm sorry to say that my experiences have not been so great. At Big Wong King, I was unprepared with what I wanted to order, and in the 4 minutes I spent looking at the menu they tried to take my order no less than 6 times. On the 6th time, when I said (testily, I admit it) that I wasn't ready, the waiter started insisting to me that I wanted fried rice. No, I didn't, but I was so flustered and annoyed that I ended up ordering some pork lo mein dish that I also didn't want. It wasn't very good. At Great NY Noodletown, I came better prepared, but couldn't find the items on the menu that I had read about. So I ordered short ribs in a black bean sauce, and a side of the flowering chive spring rolls. The rolls were very good, if greasy, but the short ribs and sauce were so bland. Both meals have been totally forgettable (other than the rolls).
I admit I am NOT well versed in Asian cuisines, so I am ready to take responsibility for my part in these less than stellar experiences. But that is why I am so excited to try all these restaurants! I want to learn about it, and to eat delicious things. Can anyone offer recommendations for dishes to order and/or advice for how to behave while at the restaurants so it goes better in the future? Also, happy to accept recommendations for places not on my list, or places I should be sure to visit sooner rather than later. (Never know when they're gonna settle, you know!)
South China Garden
Pho Viet Huang
Xe Lua Pho
Bon Bon Chicken
Thank you so much in advance!