16 Mott St, New York, NY | Directions 1001340.716853 -73.997751
Sun-Thurs 11 am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11 am-1 am
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Chinatown
Simply love this place! Family Favorite – I have been going here for over 10 years. This is the go-to chinese restaurant for my family for all occasions. Great food at great prices. Crispy friend chicken is awesome. Seafood in Bird's Nest is great. Wonderful fish. Most items are great. House special steak leaves a little to be desired, but other than that, this is the place to go in C-town.
Chinatown Locals and Insider's Favorite – Hop Lee is the Chinese equivalent of a neighborhood French bistro. A comfortable, family friendly place that has been serving its loyal clientele with consistent, high quality food for decades. Classic Cantonese dishes prepared with integrity where freshness, simplicity and straightforward presentation is the order of the day. At Hop Lee its all about the food.
Their Wor Wonton soup is superb. A tureen filled with roast pork, roast duck, chicken and plump wontons immersed in a Cantonese consomme. Also try the fried chicken, a fresh chicken that has been fried Cantonese style, with beautiful golden brown crackling and tender and moist white meat chicken. . For seafood, try the steamed sea bass or flounder in soy sauce, scallion and ginger. Or, try the hong-shew sea bass, essentially a whole fish that has been batter dipped and fried and finished in a wonderful sauce with julienned vegetables. Crispy on the outside, tender and moist on the inside, a tour de force of texture, flavor and complexity. For those who prefer a de-boned fish, try the Fish Kew, tender white meat chunks of flounder fillet, lightly battered and sauteed with garlic, ginger and sliced okra. The shrimp dishes are also superb including steamed whole, in a taro basket, and mixed with scallops and calamari. Also recommended, Maine lobster Cantonese style with pork bits, scallion and ginger, Maryland blue crab Cantonese style, littleneck clams in black bean sauce. Signature beef dishes would be Steak Kew and Beef with Gai Lan. As for noodles and rice, go with the Yang Chow fried rice, the Hong Kong style pan fried noodles, the beautifully prepared chow fun and lo mein. The seasonal greens are also superb.
Hop Lee is an old-school Chinatown favorite go there before the owner retires as this type of restaurant and this level of cuisine is becoming harder and harder to find outside a trip to Hong Kong.
stop the nagging! – mmmmmmmmmmmmm aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa ddddddddddddddddddddddd ggggggggggggggggggggggg tytytytytytytytytytytytyty rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr ryggggggggggggggggg rrrrrrrrtryyyyyyyyyyrhh rhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh rhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh rhhhhhhhhhhhhh rhhhhhhhh
simply the worst!!! – went to hop lee yesterday with two other families and the guy who tried to seat us tried to put 12 people at a table for 8...we decided to split up and sit at 2 tables - not near each other - and deal with it...we get our menus and some tea - which had a lot of things besides tea leaves floating in it - and decide to have wonton soup, cold sesame noodles, roast pork w/broccoli & peking duck....i gave the server the order and he tells me that they're out of cold sesame noodles....hold the phone! it's spaghetti with tahini sauce...how can they be out??? ok, we're going to deal with it and we decide to change that to steamed dumplings....the waiter comes back and tells us they're out of wonton soup!!! are you kidding me? is this a chinese restaurant??? out of wonton soup??? that's like mcdonald's running out of french fries. all twelve of us leave and go across the street to hop kee and enjoy a magnificant meal of cold sesame noodles, wonton soup (plus wonton/egg drop), spare ribs, roast pork, chinese beef with broccoli, wo shu op duck, shrimp with lobster sauce and much more...too bad hop lee - you missed out on a great check for twelve hungry people
We've seen the owner (a short wrinkly chinese grandpa) sit with the cooks plucking away at the chinese broccoli laughing and talking. He is simply the best, warm, friendly and he remembers faces.
The food is delicious just like the way mom makes it and the portions are huge so we always leave with a doggy bag.
The restaurant also pays tribute to all the police, federal, fire, security department in NYC as their badges are displayed behind the cash resgister.
Please go with an empty stomach and get say hello to the owner. You'll know who he is, he's the one holding court.
Delicious Home-Cooked Cantonese Food – As an ethnic Chinese person born and bred in the Far East, I can testify that this place serves excellent home-cooked (rather than banquet-style) Cantonese food. My personal favorites are the Sauted Flounder Filets with Squash, Lobster Cantonese-style (with egg and pork), Pea Shoots sauteed in Garlic and Onions, Boiled Chicken with Scallion Sauce and Fried Chicken with Garlic Chips and Soy Sauce (I could just reel off the menu--I haven't had a bad dish yet in over a decade and a half of eating here at least once a month and sometimes more). It can get a bit noisy and crowded at times but the food is worth waiting for. I have brought out-of-town Chinese friends here and had them reminiscing about the Far East after having sampled the cuisine. Moreover, since the prices are relatively inexpensive (even if you go wild, it will cost at most $25 a head; most of the time less) and quantity is relatively hefty.
Everyone is Family at Hop Lee – I grew up eating at this restaurant. It's home away from home. The owner, waiters, and chef has remained the same and the food is away served hot, fast, and delicious. The owner is fluent in English, Chinese, and Spanish, so nothing will get by him. Friendly and no BS place. Food is authentic Chinese, no msg and price is inexpensive. You can't get a better deal in Chinatown!
Excellent Hong Kong/Southern China style dishes – The food is excellent and authentic Hong Kong/Southern China style dishes. Service is very quick and friendly, although the decoration is so-so. Price is low. The lunch special is $4.95, with one dish, one bowl of rice, and one bowl of soup. The soup does not have much MSG. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Sign in with Facebook Sign in with Facebook to see what your friends are up to!
Do you have a review of Hop Lee Restaurant on your blog? If you include the Citysearch image link (shown below) in your post, we'll automatically link to your review from the business profile page. Here's how our Linkback system works:
The Linkback system is free and automatic. It's really that easy.
To link to our business profile page, copy the html below to your web page.