Several months ago my husband met a friend for dinner at Estihana in Manhattan. He had never been there before, and he raved about their crispy shredded beef appetizer. Last night he took me to the Brooklyn location, so I could taste this delicacy for myself. What a disappointment for the both of us. The meat was more soggy than crispy, and the flavor was nothing special.
We went on to try the egg drop soup, which was o.k. The spring rolls were initially brought out barely luke warm, and literally dripping with grease. They couldn't compare to the spring rolls from New Kosher Special, in Elizabeth, NJ, which are delicious. Admittedly, those are somewhat greasy as well, but nowhere as bad as those we had last night. The ones from Glatt Kosher Family on 18th Ave. in Brooklyn (connected with the place in Elizabeth), are our second choice.
The Orange Flavored Beef was a bummer as well. The beef tasted like it had been coated in flour (maybe cornstarch? and fried. The problem was that the flour tasted uncooked and powdery.
I know that this restaurant has been on Avenue J for a long time, and it was fairly busy when we were there, but for us, this will be our first and last visit.