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"No. 1 Chinese" on Avenue B -- Brand New


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"No. 1 Chinese" on Avenue B -- Brand New

jmunnie | Mar 22, 2004 11:37 AM

Has anyone tried it yet? It just opened on Saturday.

There's no signage outside. Inside, it looks very chic. One of the hostesses gave me a tour: Very dark lighting and wood (at least I think it's wood). The kitchen is enclosed in glass on the top floor, with tables all around to get the whole cooking-as-theater feel (people were peering in from the street, attracted by the dramatic flames and activity in the kitchen). Downstairs is a tiny bar, and lots of seating for dining, two tops and larger (there was a group of maybe eight there eating). Prices look okay for the area, if expensive for chinese (IIRC, maybe $6 for friend rice, 12-16 or so for entrees). Old school menu items, doesn't look very creative.

I'm wondering if it's just about the atmosphere, or if the food is chow-worthy. If it's just about decor, it might be good for a drink.

[BTW, my friend and I passed No. 1 Chinese and headed to Thai on Clinton -- very solid, laidback neighborhood Thai at a good price (about $10-12 an entree).]

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