Sunday, February 24, 2008

Wo Hop...Good to the Last Drop

I'm always suspicious of New York restaurants that have photos of celebrities and other patrons posted all over the walls. My friend assured me that Wo Hop was legit, and not just a Chinatown spot that you'd find in every tourist book (despite all those photos). I hadn't eaten in Chinatown in months...maybe even a year, so I was excited to go there for dinner Saturday night.

Mott Street is in the heart of Chinatown, and is lined with dozens of restaurants. Some are probably fantastic, and some are probably worth passing by. Wo Hop is one that you may walk right past by accident...but shouldn't. Down a steep set of stairs, into a cramped basement space, Wo Hop is far from eye-pleasing. But that doesn't mean it's not stomach-pleasing. 12 tables are crammed into the bright, florescent-lit place, where the walls are either lined with photos or mirrors.

My friend informed me that Wo Hop is best known for its lo mein, so of course we couldn't pass up on ordering that. We also created our own dish, with string beans, broccoli, and eggplant in a spicy garlic sauce. Both were great...a little on the greasy side, but I wouldn't expect anything less from this spot. It wouldn't seem natural!

Of course, service is far from good...but clearly when dining here, it's not for the experience or ambiance...strictly for the food. Wo Hop is also open 24 hours, and apparently it is as crowded at 3am as it is at dinner time. So come hungry, and come with only a little money. Two entrees, a side of rice, and two sodas came out to be $16...what a deal!

Wo Hop
17 Mott Street
b/t Mosco Street & Chatham Square
Menu Pages listing

2 comments:

danny said...

Always hear about Wo Hop being a good destination for late night, but maybe I will have to stop by during regular hours and try it. Thanks for the tip!

Miss Menu said...

No problem! I feel like I should spread the wealth. Although, I felt like a latecomer not knowing about Wo Hop til just recently. Better late than never, in my opinion.