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What's going on with David Chen's?


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What's going on with David Chen's?

2boys4me | Jul 28, 2008 09:06 PM

Stopped there last night with the family to eat in exile (downstairs kid room). Everything except the egg rolls was "off" in some way. Starting with the stench in the parking lot - smelled like rotten eggs, slime in the goldfish pond and a "floater" that my son pointed out.

Going downstairs, the hall smelled like a middle school boy's locker room - not what you'd associate with Chinese food. We ordered meat dumplings for the kids - they were rubbery and stale tasting when they finally cooled down. Also ordered chicken 3 styles to suit everyone's taste. Except the General Tso has quite a few pieces that were fried coating with no chicken!! When I mentioned this to the waiter, he said "next time order white meat chicken" - ??! Does that mean you should expect this with dark meat?

On top of this, we ordered water to save ourself from the overpriced sodas - it tasted like they had recently been washing dishes with it...

What gives? This is not the David Chen's of old - has there been a change in ownership or something?

I'm losing all my favorites it feels like - first Ichi Rikki, now Chen's - sheesh!

Anyone else have a similar experience? Any good "sit down" Chinese places left? We used to frequent Pacific Palace in Thornwood, but the last time there it was pretty bad too.

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