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Oriental Garden

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Oriental Garden

Todd | Oct 14, 2003 11:02 AM

Short review of Oriental Garden. 14 Elizabeth Street. Sunday night. Dishes were peashoot and shrimp dumpling, boiled shrimp with soy sauce, fresh scallops and tofu with crab meat. The dumplings are good and a cut above average. I must get to this place some time for dim sum. The boiled shrimp were the best dish. These are the live shrimp from the tanks in front, simply boiled whole and served with a soy sauce/vinger/hot pepper sauce. First rate but $15 a half a pound. Fresh scallops are also very good, 2 for $11, serevd on the shell in some sort of light sauce, not sure what the base was. Tofu with crab meat is the best I've had in Chinatown. It varies from visit to visit a little. Turned out to be fried fresh tofu this time, with lots of real crabmeat. All the dishes were a success. Tough to get a seat Sunday night. Several large groups were occupying the place. I was the only white person there. Everyone else was either Chinese or Japanese. The menu is tri-lingual and they so a significant business with Japanese. Standard prices, but can get expensive if you order the nice seafood. Manager is professional and service is generally good; and they speak english fairly well and are willing to negoiate on cooking method.

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