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Yogee Is Back In Chinatown (Beef Stew Rice Rolls, Crispy Fried Fish Skin and More)

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Yogee Is Back In Chinatown (Beef Stew Rice Rolls, Crispy Fried Fish Skin and More)

Chandavkl | | Feb 10, 2013 08:19 AM

Ever since Yogee closed last summer after losing its lease, I've been waiting for a report on what might take its place. Not having seen anything on this board I went by the location and found there was a new restaurant called 85 Restaurant, continuing the annoying Manhattan Chinatown tradition of naming your restaurant after your street address, in this case 85 Chrystie St. (Haven't seen this convention anywhere else except for the New Year transplant who named his L.A. area restaurant Dumpling 10053, even more annoying when such a large number is involved.) As I perused the menu I saw the listing for beef stew rice rolls. "Gee," I thought to myself. "How nice of them to honor the prior tenant's signature dish." Tasted just as good as Yogee's. Also saw the crispy fried fish skin, which I never had before, but since I was traveling by myself this time there wasn't anybody to stop me from ordering it. Really great, tasted like pork rinds which I reluctantly gave up eating many years ago. Also had the seafood rolls which were also very good. It was only later that I found out that 85 Restaurant is Yogee reincarnated, with landlord problems apparently patched up. Since Yogee was my second favorite Chinatown restaurant behind South China Garden (albeit a distant second), I'm happy that they're back.

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