Wow, I am embarrasssed and humbled at having to post this query...but for the first time in well over a decade, I have no standard fall-back late night Chinatown place with big tables and reliable food (preferably Cantonese). The sort of place you visit AFTER stuff with largeish groups and can usually find an open table and unpretentious, good, reasonable cooking.
For years it was Shing Kee (and their step-son, Kam Chueh), but both are gone. Tindo's upstairs rooms took over for a while, but that place closed too.
New Green Bo isn't late and it's hard to just walk in and grab a table since it's so small and busy.
where do people go now as a default for this most New Yorkish of urges? I suppose Fuleen Seafood would be the place these days (not sure how late they're open, though). Any thoughts?
No pricy/fancy/specialist places like Ping's, please. I'm talking late night comfort food like shrimp w/black bean sauce, crab with ginger scallion sauce, winter melon soup, watercress with foo yee, chow fun, etc. Though a menu of seasonal specials like flowering chives with clams would be nice. Obviously, I'm searching for Shing Kee (those who knew it know what I mean).