The food here is great, and the interior is pretty large. The setup really reminds me of typical Cantonese restaurants in New York City. The food was great; some of the dishes were too salty, but everything was good overall.
I came to Silk Road Mocha after several people insisted that the bubble tea there was the best in the area.
You wouldn't expect Chinatown's "most popular" bubble tea venue to be so shabby-looking, but it really was. Some people have found the inside really cozy and informal, which contrasts to the cold atmosphere found in other bubble tea shops. Maybe it's because I visited the place during a Saturday afternoon (peak hours), which was why the inside was choked with an overabundance of people. This was just my experience. The bubble tea was amazing, but maybe I'll have to come here a second time to better appreciate the atmosphere of Silk Road Mocha.
This restaurant is located on Mulberry Street, far away from the crowded bustle that you typically find in Bowery and Canal street, which is a plus. And the interior is quite gorgeous, though it's small. But don't be fooled - my date and I had high expectations while going into this restaurant, but he unfortunately has low tolerance for MSG. While eating one of the beef dishes, he had a reaction and could not finish the rest of his order. The other dishes, apparently, were also slathered in MSG. I did not notice (perhaps I eat MSG too often), but this does say something about the restaurant's ability to cook high quality food if they are so dependent on this flavoring agent.
My family and I have ordered our pastries from this place just as often as we do from Maria's bakery. They serve traditional Chinese pastries such as egg tarts and cream buns.
I personally like the atmosphere in the Fei Da Bakery better than the one in Maria's bakery - the lighting is brighter and it feels a little more spacious.
My grandmother and I sometimes stop here to grab some fresh-made Chinese pastries such as the coconut bun, egg custard bun, and egg custard tart. Their quality is just about the same as the ones you get from Fei Da bakery. Both bakeries are good, both sell them at inexpensive prices.
This restaurant seems typical of the Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown (which is just about every restaurant) - it's loud and bustling, the atmosphere is very lively. Their pork over rice (pai gwut fan, since I'm not familiar with the actual English name) is the pretty good. I've always liked the ones over at Mei Wah restaurant, but that's just my personal preference.
Most of the people I know who go to Elizabeth Center go there for its vast supply of little gifts such as cell phone charms and accessories, wall decals, star origamis, figurines, etc. It's ideal for adolescents and young adults because everything they sell there is attractive yet inexpensive. Note, however, that all this applies only to the Elizabeth Center Basement. Everything that is sold in the shops on the first-level is expensive. One t-shirt from a clothing store there can cost several hundred dollars. The first floor also has a pharmacy and a few herbal stores.
I don't understand why this restaurant is considered a "fast food restaurant" because their food is clearly made with fresh (or relatively fresh) ingredients, not like typical fast-food chain restaurants. And it's not like their service is quick either, because we always end up having to wait 20-30 minutes or so after our order is made before our food arrives. But it doesn't matter, because the food is *fantastic*. Their specialties are the Pork Chop over Rice, which is around $4.25. Definitely try this restaurant out!
I love the atmosphere in this restaurant. The waiters and waitresses there are very laid-back and pleasant, but service is quick. I was not familiar with some of the items on the menu; perhaps this is because they serve more authentic regional Chinese foods that I have not been exposed to. The food tasted great... I'm sure any customer would leave this restaurant happy.
Hot Wok serves both Chinese and Japanese style dishes. I went here with a few friends because they highly recommended it. The food was in fact really tasty, but the prices were also ridiculously expensive. I bought only one hand roll and that cost me $5.00. In other places you could usually by it for $2.00, more or less. It's overpriced, but if expense doesn't bother you, then go for it.