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Hop Kee Restaurant

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Chinese, Asian
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Downtown Manhattan (Downtown)
0.1 miles from Chinatown
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I ate here when I lived in NYC so wanted to return. I was not disappointed. The food was good and the portions large. They only take cash, so come with your money. By the time we left it was full, so must be popular...with the locals.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed July 15, 2022 via mobile

The answer is both, it's so hard for me to decide that I usually go to both of them. On this visit I had the steamed dumplings which are thin pillows of deliciousness, but their clams in black bean sauce and the Cantonese crabs are...also winners. Always great food and service.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 7, 2022

I have been coming to this restaurant since I was a little girl. My family often had dinner parties here. I came with my daughter on April 6, 2022 and had dinner. I want to be fair in this review- food was almost as good...as I remember. The salt and pepper squid was a little overcooked, seafood pan fried noodles and snails were good. I was quite disappointed with management though. I went to the restroom and when I came back the cash we paid with was at our table (restaurant ONLY accepts cash). My daughter said that we did not give them enough. Same as the reviewer below, they asked for an 18% surcharge and a tip on top of that. I initially left a 20% tip but they asked for 36%. The waiter was very aggressive and came up to me and demanded I leave a 36% tip. The management encourages this practice. I have nothing against leaving a great tip but I have never encountered a waiter being so rude and combative. I am writing this review because it seems like it is a common occurrence here and it must stop. I do not want any one to have this awful experience. Suffice to say, I will not be returning to this restaurant.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed December 30, 2021 via mobile

They forced me to pay a tip. Even they chekced out with 18% tip. But they required 18% tip more. Totall 36% tip requested. Are you kidding me? They overcharge to traveller

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 15, 2021 via mobile

We came across this place after watching locals on Tik Tok, it did NOT disappoint! Portions are literally ginormous. We ordered WAAAY too much food but they do offer to pack it up for you to take home. Make sure you go to the restaurant...in the basement and they only take cash too. Prices are quite high however portions are so huge it’s actually great value for money. Wontons and sauce were the best we had ever had! 🙌🏼More

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed December 8, 2021 via mobile

Read the reviews took the downtown train and tried this place !!! What a place it is ! Don’t be fooled by the modest entrance and the restaurants decor I can honestly say the food was absolutely unbelievable and deserves the highest accolade possible !!...Do not miss this one guysMore

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed November 25, 2021 via mobile

I came to Hop Kee after watching a documentary by Anthony Bourdain. The place is small, and it can get crowded pretty quickly. My Server wasn’t that friendly but, who cares? I was starving. Prices are pretty high for what I got but I came,...experienced it and can move to the next in the list.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed November 18, 2021 via mobile

I don’t know if it’s because of Covid but this place is over rated. Had their salt and pepper squid and also shrimp, was good but just okay . However, the Cantonese crab was bad, not worth the $$ you spend on it.we couldn’t eat...it, no meat on body or claws. Maybe that’s why there were no Chinese eating in this place.More

Date of visit: November 2021
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Reviewed June 21, 2021

Loctaed in a basement in the heart of Chinatwon, down a fllght of somewhat steep stairs, is a place my wife and I used to love to go to. It doesn't look like much, but some of the finest Chinese cuisine is sered in very...ordinary-looking places. We had what once were our favorite dishes, includuing spare ribs, roast duck, and lo mein, all of which used to be the best you could find anywhere! Not anymore. The spareribs were dry and bland, the lo mein was very good, with pork strips, but the duck was just as fabulous as ever!!! Melt in your mouth tenderness and delicious in the preparation, with just the right sauce. It is probablly double the price it was 5 years ago. Sometimes when a long-standing eatery becomes too famous things go downhill. There were many photos of the late Anthony Bourdain and maybe a couple of other celebs dining there, and I think Hop Kee may be resting on its laurels. Good but no longer great.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed June 14, 2021

Take- out: Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce ; Wonton & Egg Drop Soup Mixed. . Accepts cash only; Pleasant staff. . Limited Menu e. g. . No shrimp chow fun . Ended up at four Chinatown restaurants in order to complete dinner menu requests for...our family of 6. One of the four was closed for repairs. Lots of pedestrians on Canal Street but it's apparent that both sides of Mulberry Street, Chinatown and Little Italy , are struggling to regain patrons for lunch and dinner..More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed March 27, 2020

If you look at how it's sliced or how its composed, the dishes are very well made. They also look great on a platter! I am not a teenager that goes out with my friends, but an elderly women with a large family. We eat...out a lot to celebrate birthdays, get-togethers, or I go alone to eat out.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Got to visit China Town again, went to Hop Kee ( been going here for 40 years), the waiter greeted us and I asked if they had snails and stuffed bean curd, he said yes, and did I want the bean curd steamed or fried....Told him steamed, he said, right away and led us to a booth. Serves was great, restaurant was very clean and the food was awe sum. The restaurant only takes cash, so be prepared. The prices are very reasonable for what you get.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

its not pretty, or for tourists looking for ambiance, but its one of the best Cantonese resturnats in NYC and while it is in the heart of Chinatown, its mostly for locals who know a good deal, with low prices when they see it. Black...Bean sauce and pork dumpling are the best in CityMore

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

We enjoyed a dinner here 20 years ago and after seeing Anthony Bourdain having a meal here we had to return. Hearing on the news that ChinaTown businesses were losing customers due to, what I consider unreasonable fears, we knew it was time to visit...the area again and help the economy. As reported on the news the streets were uncrowded and restaurants were indeed empty so no waiting for a table. The service and the food was as good as I remember serving traditional Chinese delicacies and Americanized Chinese dishes. Portions were large and served steaming hot. So fresh and delicious. Service was friendly and attentive. Remember to bring cash; credit card were not excepted. So go to Chinatown and enjoy the food and everything it has to offer.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 20, 2020

We had the Beijing/Peking (half) Duck and Salted Lobster for lunch - they were both scrumptious, especially the former with fresh special bread, hoisin sauce and well-done crispy skin. The service was friendly with several waiters, and the fine dishes were nicely-presented, hot, and served...in a most reasonable time. Photos of Anthony Bourdain with the staff (though sad as we miss seeing the late celebrity) helped to prove the quality of the food. We highly recommend Hop Kee - do remember to bring enough cash as they do not accept credit cards.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Hop Kee Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3