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Manhattan Chinese Takeout

Great junky takeout Chinese

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Great junky takeout Chinese

Caitlin Wheeler | Nov 19, 2004 03:26 PM

Grand Sichuan it ain't. Usually when we order Chinese, we get it from Grand Sichuan (the East Midtown branch) in all of its mouth searing glory. And other times when I want something a bit simpler, I'll order from 6 Happiness (either the 39th street branch or the UES branch) which has excellent steamed dumplings.

But there are times when I am running late at work, and I told my husband I was going to be home earlier, and dinner should have been on the table an hour ago. And that is when Hop Won comes to my rescue. Hop Won is the standard, old school Chinese food I remember from my Southern California childhood of Panda Express. It's very cheap (the combo plates are all less than $5), it's very fast, and it suits.

I stop in to their shop on East 45th (between Lex and 3rd) before heading home, and order a couple of combo plates (one dish with vegetable fried rice and an egg roll.) They seem to have a steam table, but there never seems to be anything in it. The people sitting around at the front (and it's never very busy, but then, atmosphere isn't what I would call its high point) bark something to the guys in the kitchen, and about five minutes later I get hot, wonderfully greasy, old school Chinese food. I myself am addicted to the boneless spare ribs -- crispy and flavorful, with a good meat to fat ratio. I usually get my husband the beef with broccoli, and this was darn good beef with broccoli. The egg roll is edible and the fried rice actually has flavor.

As I said, it's not your fancy, your authentic, your searingly spicy regionally perfect Chinese food, but it does what it does very well.

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