The Chinatown Chowhound Chowdowns have spoiled me. This being my third time (in two years) in this restaurant/neighborhood I am unsure of why people go (back) here at all.
I ordered a small won ton soup, my friend ordered the veg mu shu. the waiter asked us if we wanted rice and drinks a few times and we said no thank you. But was he talking to us? they were more like statements, hardly directed at us. In fact at one point I had to ask him if he was speaking to me.
Then he took the menus and he just barely mentioned, "well you see, we have this $9 minimum....so...." So I said, "May I have the menu again, I did not realize this." When he walked away we realized that neither of our entrees had come to this amount so we ordered veg rolls.
Funny, this must be new because the person I was with was the person I had gone to this establishment with before and I had only ordered soup that time as well.
First I received my soup, although no spoon came with it. A few minutes later the rolls came out. (still my friend was without her entree so I did not want to try and start my soup. Then my spoon came, and a few minutes after that, her entree. She asked 4 people again for the water she had asked for at the beginning of our meal.
This restaurant was not full. There were at least 8 people on the floor!! Floor staff circled around us waiting to clear anything they could. The food was bland and I feared my wontons were not cooked enough. The broth tasted of nothing, the vegetables were raw.
Please tell me if there is anything worth eating at this establishment.
For the first time in years I left no tip. They have made their message clear, they do not want my patronage.
How is it that this tiny cove of a stretch has 4 restaurants that are busy around the clock, and one that is 3X the size of all of them that survives with bland food and horrible service?