Does anyone remember the Shanghai Cafe on Broadway just north of 125th street? It closed in the early 80's more or less. Family legend has it that it is the first restaurant I ever ate at while in a stroller.
I have been on a semi-perpetual quest for their hot and sour soup.
Not just nostalgia, the food there was some of the best Chinese I ever ate. From the beef with black bean sauce to the shrimp with lobster sauce, it really defined excellent old school NY Chinese.
No wonder they closed; most of the waiters were in their 60's or older at that point.
I don't think I ever ate a bad morsel there. What I would give for one more meal there, or at least some of their Hot and Sour...