The Budget: $6-$18
The Specs: Fried Fish Filet
The Mood: Chinese basement where famous people have also sat
The Place: 17 Mott Street
It’s been around since 1938, so you know this place is doing something right. Welcome to Wo Hop on Mott Street. According to this New York Times article, Wo Hop “predates the arrival in New York of all other Chinese cuisines.” So, if that doesn’t make you want to try this spot out, I don’t know what will.
I came here at about 4pm (I eat when I’m hungry, okay?), and this place was still about 1/3 of the way full. Naturally, I was listening to everyone’s conversations as they arrived , and most of the people were either regulars, or introducing friends/family to this place as one of their favorites. I have to say, the atmosphere was pretty killer. I don’t blame them. I’d come again just to continue reading the signatures on the walls.
Fried Fish Filet ($12.25)
I have to say, fried fish is not normally my go-to when it comes to Chinese food, but I have to give it to them, this plate was good. And however this sweet sauce was made, it did well for my taste buds. You get a glass of hot tea with your meal and some SPICY mustard sauce. Warning: you have to order the rice separately.
If you are looking for the kind of Chinese food that makes you want to curl around your fake fire place and feel pretty heavy as soon as you finish your meal, this will suit your needs. (Also, they deliver.)
I think it’s the staff and the atmosphere that will bring me back to this spot. They went out of their way to ensure I was having a good experience, and I feel like I could have sat here for hours people-watching and reading the walls without wanting to leave.
Put a fork in it.