My roommates love Chinese food, and while I prefer Thai, I decided to accompany them for Chinese for my roommate Justin’s birthday at Chef Ho’s.
Chef Ho’s isn’t your typical grungy Chinese takeout place. Â Instead it’s a nice looking upscale restaurant with the whole white table clothes and China. Â I was a little afraid to open the menu, but the prices were not bad, with a chicken and broccoli dish coming in at $10.95, which sadly is the same price as takeout in Manhattan. Â I ordered an egg roll as well. Â My roommates and our friend Lisa went with steamed and fried dumplings to start, which they raved about. Â My egg roll was a typical egg roll, but I loved the spicy mustard sauce that accompanied the duck sauce – it definitely tasted homemade, and not theÂ pre-packaged kind. Â The only complaint I had was our appetizers were delivered at all different times, which I found to be a little annoying, because we were all eating at different times.
On to the main course. Â My chicken and broccoli came out, and I found the chicken to be delicious. Â It was all white meat, and the sauce was very light. Â I loved that the sauce was a nice amber color, not that murky brown stuff you usually find at a takeout joint. Â The broccoli was crisp and delicious and probably my favorite part of the meal. Â I knew I would have enough leftovers for lunch, so I had to force myself not to eat any more broccoli – it was so hard to save it.
The roommates ordered General Tsaos and I sampled that as well. Â Again, it was not covered in heavy breading like the dish typically is and I thought it was enjoyable. Â I don’t know what it was about Chef Ho’s, but even the Fortune Cookies tasted better with a nice vanilla after taste. Â Next time I want Chinese, I’m heading to Chef Ho’s. ÂThe Basics Name: Chef Ho’s Location: 1720 2nd Ave (between 89th and 90th) Who to bring: Friends, Date, Parents Price: A little more than takeout. $$ Overall: Â A favorite in our apartment. Â 5 stars.Â