We were recently on a family trip to NYC and decided to eat in Chinatown late Saturday evening. We had picked a restaurant, and my son and his wife went on ahead, only to find that the restaurant was closed. They stopped in a local firehouse and asked the firefighters there for a recommendation, and they directed us to Hop Lee on Mott Street.
We and several members of my wife's family from Brooklyn converged on Hop Lee, 12 people strong, and were seated almost immediately. We ordered a wide variety of food and shared it all, and every dish was good. In particular, the walnut shrimp was outstanding.
Two more of my sons who have young children joined us as we were finishing up around 10:30, and since the staff was already cleaning up in preparation for closing, we felt obligated to order more food for them. However, the waiter told us adamantly that there was plenty of food left, and that the newcomers should eat what was left and order more only if they were still hungry. We didn't end up ordering more food, but several of us sat around and had a beer. At no time did we feel any pressure from the staff to order more of anything, but our waiters hovered close by and were there instantly when we did want something.
In short, this was one of the best Chinese dinners we've ever had, but it was the quality of service that made it truly distinctive.