I'm going to Niu Kee for dinner tomorrow with six friends and am interested in your favorite menu items. For most of us it will be our first time. We seem to go to Beijing all the time.
I've read raves on this board for Niu Kee's kung pao chicken, hot and sour soup and pork and chive dumplings - but what are some other great items? The main reason for seeking your advice is that I sent two friends there and they had a fairly bad experience (they didn't order the kung pao because one of them doesn't like peanuts). There were some service issues and they thought the hot and sour soup was good, but not as good as Beijing, and a chicken dish was flavorful but mostly backs and sharp bones. Since they are game enough to try it again, I'd like to have a bit of a game plan.
The diners in the group have a range of heat tolerances ... so we'll be ordering many different things. The person who likes his food hottest is the one who isn't keen on peanuts. Thanks for your advice!