Hing Won Has a Twin Sister, Serving Best Cheap Chinese Food to Midtown East
When it comes to take out, cheap chinese food there is no question in my mind that Hing Won is the king of Midtown. On 48th btw. 5+6th, the quickness that they serve up authentic, Chinatown style dishes to hordes of Midtown Lunchers is mind boggling. It can be pretty intimidating for the uninitiated, so they even have a steam table on the left side of the counter, for those addicted to sesame chicken (and afraid of ordering off a menu that is half in Chinese).
Walking around on the East side on Monday, I discovered something exciting. On 45th btw. Lex+3rd, there is a Hing Won East. It’s called Hop Won, and by looking at the takeout menu- you would never be able to tell the difference between the two places. The even have the double sided ordering counter. Right side is the steam table, left side is the real stuff! With Menchanko Tei and Maharaja right next door, this is becoming a pretty formidable block.
My (not surprising to anybody who has eaten at Hing Won with me) lunch, after the jump…
Despite an enormous littany of choices, and the experience of being at a kind of new place- I still couldn’t bring myself to waver in my order. Sauteed Udon with Pork. It’s just too damn good, and the version they serve at Hop Won is practically identical to the one they serve at Hing Won (the pork is sliced a little differently, and the veggie choice varies).
Walking out, I saw a Szechuan pork dish, and a fried scallop with garlic and green chilis dish that made me ashamed that I didn’t order something new. Maybe next time.
Hop Won, 139 E. 45th St. (btw. Lex+3rd), 212-661-4280