Hao Noodle and Tea by Madam Zhu’s Kitchen

Where: 401 6th Ave, New York, NY 10014
  • Modern looking, somewhat fancy Chinese restaurant
  • I’m not sure that the food beats the dives in Chinatown– the service is white-washed (still hostile, but in a different way) and it’s cleaner… but sometimes food is best when served from an illegal, rickety cart on the street or in a cement block coated with discount paint and cheap linoleum
  • A lot of the dishes are better with rice, but we had to ask for it and it came slowly– maybe they don’t want you to fill up on carbs, which prevents you from ordering more? (But this logic doesn’t even make sense, since we ordered everything already.)
  • Ribs= sauce was good, but ribs themselves were dry; chili chicken=good, but Cafe China’s was better; chives with clams= the best thing we ordered, even better with rice; dan-dan noodles and some other chickpea noodle dish= both dished tasted the same, an oily, pasty, stringy concoction; sticky rice siu mai=gross; rosewater jelly= very refreshing, reminded me of a Japanese dessert
  • No liquor license, so mocktails it is — they offered three kinds, and all tasted great if not a little pricey
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