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Used to go to long river but can't anymore. Walked in to filthy tables and diners waiting to be served. Should have left but ate anyway. Dirty plates and food are left on tables since they have ten people working on the take out side...but two people on the dining side.
Really poor management. Should stay away.More
Food is not as good as it used to be , restaurant is never crowded for a reason. They used to be the best in the area owners changing hands definitely was not a positive one , food taste and quality just wasn't there. Will...not go backMore
I have been coming here for years. Yes it has changed but still it provides the closest thing to Chinatown food in Suffolk county. Try the pan fried noodles. Or the Chinatown wonton soup for real wontons not the thick skinned ones you get at...most take out places. They have a huge staff and take out is their main thing. This is a local family that made good.More
Confucius and Lao-Tzu, who lived about 2,500 years ago, are probably the two most influential Chinese thinkers. Confucius proposed a set of rules of good behavior and Lao-Tzu a poetic although paradoxical path to respect the way of nature. Both spoke about food and eating...due to the importance they attached to a wise diet for their fellow beings. For Confucius, food should be served in small or chopped pieces and its ingredients should blend in harmony. Lao-Tzu warned that “governing a great nation is like cooking a small fish: too much handling will spoil it.”
There are millions of Chinese restaurants all over the world and Chinese cuisine is probably the most widespread ethnic cuisine. And even if commercialism prevails, many Chinese eateries adhere to the traditional principles of its eating ethics.
If you happen to live in the south shore of Long Island, most precisely in Western Suffolk, you can try the unpretentious Long River restaurant, named for the Yangtse, the longest river in China.
It is basically a take-out that boasts 191 dishes between appetizers, chop mein, chop suey, fried rice, beef, chicken, duck, seafood, vegetables and special Cantonese dishes. Lately it also included Japanese and Thai delicacies. Behind the counter you can see the cooks working in the kitchen, a safe way to realize that good hygiene prevails. You can’t go wrong with many sushi selections, the orange chicken, the chicken with cashew nuts, the Wor Shu duck, the Wan Ton soup or many other selections along with the not to be missed noodles and rice.
But there is more. If you are not in a rush, instead of taking food to your home you can enter its small and neat restaurant and be served by friendly Chinese waitresses. As most of the regulars go for the take-out, there is no need to make reservations or wait to be seated. There is always plenty of room in a peace and quiet ambience: for some reason the customers tend to be very discrete and well-behaved people that would have pleased Confucius. The prices are very reasonable. The wisdom of the fortune cookies is predictable. But you can end a nice and healthy meal with a Chinese tea to follow the advice of Lu Yu, in ‘The Classic Art of Tea,’ for whom “tea tempers the spirit, harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relives fatigue, awakens the thought and prevents drowsiness.”More