NOTE: This drawing is now closed! Mike Colameco’s brand new Food Lover’s Guide to NYC is out. If you don’t already know and love Mike’s PBS show, let me try to describe the book… you know how Zagat guide reviews are very short, objective compilations of hundreds, possibly thousands of opinions with numerical ratings for food, decor, and service? Colameco’s guide is pretty much the opposite of that in every way. Mike knows food, he’s very opinionated, and he really likes to talk. He doesn’t review every restaurant in Manhattan, and that’s precisely what makes the book so interesting. Any restaurant included in this guide has something really great to offer, and Mike breaks it all down for you in 462 pages. I love the reviews of tried-and-true favorites, like New Green Bo on Bayard Street in Chinatown. It’s not the hottest spot in town, but it does Shanghai-style Chinese food incredibly well. This is where I tell my friends from out of town to go. I’m doing a give-away for 2 copies of Colameco’s book, and to be entered, just post a comment about your favorite Chinese restaurant, the place where you don’t even have to look at the menu because you already know the dishes you like best. Here’s my spot:
Just like Colameco, I love New Green Bo. I’m not sure when or why they changed the sign to “Nice” Green Bo. The same staff has been working there forever, and the menu never changes, so I think it’s still owned and run by the same people.
You’ve never had perfect scallion pancakes until you’ve had them here. I could eat these every single day and never get tired of them.
They have a lot of unusual dishes, and the soft and chewy rice cakes with mushrooms is one of them. The flavors are a bit like dry chow fun, very lightly sauced. Something about this dish is so addictive, and did I mention it’s a total bargain.
And then there are the crab meat soup dumplings. Yes, you can get these in a few spots in NYC, but these are my favorite. They’re amazingly fresh and hot, not too greasy, and very rich in flavor. It takes a lot of will power for me not to eat a whole tray by myself.