I have been to Chow Chow City late at night 2 times now. The first time was about 3 weeks ago, I went on a Saturday night around 12:30 AM and we had noodles, which were fine, nothing special, but that is what we wanted.
Last Thursday I went back with 2 friends at about 2:30 AM. There were about 20 tables filled with people (it seems like there always are) and many tables were eating some nice looking things: clams with black bean sauce, fried shrimps, sizzling beef, lobsters, etc. So maybe the problem is simply that we ordered poorly.
We started with wonton soup: VERY VERY watery (it wasn't just mild) with wontons that seemed like the frozen packaged kind. Bak choi was OK. Has anyone else ever had wonton soup at Chow Chow City before? Is it always this bad?
Then we got fried peking ravioli, which were deep fried, as opposed to pan fried. They were good, but not what we really wanted.
So overall Chow Chow City late at night might only be good for meat or seafood? Or noodles? I love them for dim sum, but their food quality seems to vary depending on the crowd and the time of day. I guess most people eating at 2 AM don't really care? What do you think?
Any suggestions for other late night chinatown? Last Thursday the only other place that looked open was Imperial, but maybe there are more options on the weekend.
p.s. Chow Chow city is open till 3 AM on weekdays and until 4 AM on weekends. There are always plenty of people in there late at night, quite a diverse crowd, even if the food isn't the best it is still entertaining.