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“Boycotted one year”
Review of China Fun - CLOSED

China Fun
Price range: $0 - $30
Cuisines: Chinese
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Dining options: Delivery
Neighborhood: Upper West Side
Reviewed December 24, 2011

Decades ago a middle-aged woman who seemed to be educated and a very hard worker opened this restaurant trying to introduce a certain "hominess" to the food. There is a corresponding branch on the East Side. The Columbus branch is now under the management of her son. Over the years there is a steady decline in the quality of food and service.
My disappointment at the decline of this restaurant culminated last Chinese New Year when I ordered the deep-fried snapper. Half of the fish seemed to have been harvested for other use and the fish itself was fishy. It is a great offense and I left vowing never to return. However, then convenience came into question, so I went back again. Food is so...so... some of the young service people are chatting away less, and have learned a certain amount of basic manners. No one is there to make it better. It got a good review sometime ago and it has been sitting on its laurels. You rarely see the son the way one did the mother and it makes a difference.
When they remodeled they added a Japanese menu, refreshingly not pretending to be Japanese. The problem with non-Japanese doing Japanese food is always the same: Many of them don't like Japanese food. So they don't go elsewhere to eat Japanese, or their owners are too cheap to send them to real Japanese restaurants. The success of NOBU seems to have given permission to anyone doing whatever with raw seafood. It is not bad, but it is not Japanese. The sea food at China Fun is not quite top grade, the slices are too thick. The temperature of the fish is all the same, which is wrong. Sometimes there is still water in the fish. And the fake wasabi! The cooked Japanese food, as in many Upper West Side "Japanese" restaurants, is beneath commenting.
Our immigration policies since 9/11 has not stopped terrorists with means but have certainly made life impossible for hardworking people who want to come here and make our lives better. Japanese chefs cannot get visas from our consulates, and they won't come illegally. So Japanese restaurants here have to close shop or hire non-Japanese people to prepare Japanese food. If they are Asian, no one would even question. That's a problem: Train someone quickly and expect them to do well. I should think there is more to cooking than that.

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Reviewed November 23, 2011

Seems to be a chain of Chinese restaurant, so, to be fair, comment on this as a poor example of American-Chinese food (I should have heeded reviews on another site!).

The place is small, and the tables are crowded to the point that the servers have to slide through narrow aisles. One server spilled water on the chairs we were about to sit on, and then a little later on my wife.

Service was terrible. The server definitely had an attitude and maybe a language problem. At least she got the order correct but things came in jumbled order.

Friends had some vegetable dish. We shared "beef and broccoli" and "spicy seabass", being warned away from most of the other dishes, especially dim sum. I had their hot and sour soup with fish (guess the fish did not decide to show up for this one). While the food was not bad, all the dishes had the same brown sauce to it. Realized when my napkin stuck to my fingers, we are talking heavy corn starch!

Bill came in chinese, and, of course, the server gave separate checks....for everyone. After a bit of complaining to the management, got the checks in English!

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Reviewed September 15, 2011

Ordered from here at around 8pm on a weeknight. Wanted some tasty chinese food and didn't want to wait long for it. We placed our order online and within 25 minutes it was at our door. Highly recommend the steamed veggie dumplings and the chicken with broc. We also got a beef lo'mein that was good but not as great as the rest. Will definitely be heading back for some more delivery.

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Thank beachtravelerrrr
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Reviewed June 20, 2010

We dined here in early June after visiting Central Park. The portion of food here is large, so don't over-order like us. We can't finish what we ordered. Food was good, and service obliging. Dim sum on offer here as well, tasted great.

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Thank WoodlandsSingapore
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Lebanon, New Hampshire
Reviewed July 13, 2008

not amazing but will do for upper west side.

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