Wow! So much activity on these boards!
Anyway, last week, my girlfriend and I went to Funky Broome, corner of Mott St. We had passed it several times since its recent opening. It has a unique mod decor befitting its near-Soho location, and I'm not the best to describe it, but it's interesting and pleasant: double neon panels (pink and yellow rectangles), streamlined modern teapots and such in recesses in the walls; chrome-colored metal tables; interrupted marble floors.
We've observed that the place has been really popular since its opening. We went on Friday night, and it was pretty full, though we got a table right away. The clientele was completely Chinese, except for us. The service was good and friendly.
We got two dishes. The first, marked a "starter" on the menu but really a main dish, was 3 kinds of Chinese sausages with a lot of lotus root, green and yellow hot peppers (the ones that have thin skins), bits of straw(?) mushrooms and such. It was not a low-calorie dish, of course, but it was delicious. If anything, our other dish, a fiery beef muscle stew with ginger, black mushroom tops, scallions, ginger, and more lotus root, was even better than the first dish. It, too, had a good deal of oil - either plain hot oil or hot bean paste, I believe - but the taste of the hot oil was just one of the tastes and did not overpower the dish as far as the two of us (lovers of spiciness) were concerned. The dish was so good, in fact, that I felt thankful to God for it! In a way, I hesitate to post about just one meal in a place I plan to return to again and again, but it was my best Chinese meal in years, better than any of my meals at places like Grand Sichuan, New York Noodle Town, or the Shanghainese places on Mott St., for example. I think the only Chinese meal I've had in the last few years that was comparable was the first time I ate at Canton, and that was both a few years ago and about 4 times as expensive ($40/person as compared to $10/person).
When I asked, the staff informed me that the restaurant serves Hong Kong style food. I don't remember having had such hot-peppery food in Hong Kong, but I'm delighted to make my acquaintance with it.
One other point is worth mentioning: Truth be told, both I and my girlfriend are big eaters. Still, we were totally unable to finish the two dishes, and my girlfriend took home the remainder of both and ate it for lunch the next day. Evidently, they were still quite good.