In brief: This place is good eating writ large.
Well worth the trip. Where else can you have: Peking duck, Crispy Skin Roast Pork, Sashimi, Black Chicken Soup w/ Chinese Medicinal Herbs, Lobster, Whole Steamed Live Fish, Turnip Cake, Dim Sum, Squab, Crab, made to order noodle soups, a selection of cold apps, etc, etc. for $30/person including tax and service charge when you show up with only 3 friends?
A purist might say that these items are individually not the best of their respective breeds, but they are still very, very good. This can be attested to by the hordes of Chinese patrons this place draws. The Chinese are certainly among the world's pickiest eaters.
The idea of steam table chinese food may seem to be a bad idea, but this place is so big and popular that the items don't sit for very long at all. There are a couple of staff members with walky-talkies manning the buffet at all times, radioing instructions back to the kitchen tellng them what to prepare and bring out next, so if the item you have your eye on looks like it has been sitting out too long, just give it a miss on that pass and come back for it later. The Peking Duck and Crispy Skin Roast Pork are carved for you on demand so they are always fresh and good.
Don't miss the Black Chicken Soup w/ medicinal herbs. It's labeled "East Supreme Soup"
Give the desserts a miss, these are not particularly good to eat although they can be fun to play with as many of them are brightly colored - kinda like desserts made by Fisher-Price. Instead do like the Chinese do and go for a platter of cut fruit.
As of Friday night, this place was still BYO, but I have a feeling that this is about to change as I saw many cases of beer hanging around waiting to be deployed.
There is a 90 minute limit at peak hours, and if you load your plate with things you later decline to eat, management may impose a 20% surcharge. These rules are clearly posted at the foot of the stairs in both English and Chinese.
42-07 Main St.