Downtown Lunch: Excellent Pork Chop House
Making Downtown office workers jealous is something this blog has been doing for awhile now. To even the score, I’ve brought on Daniel Krieger as an official Downtown Lunch Correspondent to write up some of the tasty stuff you can get in the lower half of Manhattan. He’s a great photographer (insuring good food porn), but more importantly he is a lover of cheap, unique and delicious eats (or as I like to call it- Midtown Lunch’ish food).
How are you supposed to find the right Chinatown spot for a cheap lunch that is going to be better than the 100 other similar spots dotted on a downtown map? Well you can read this column every Friday to start. Or you can ask friends who work in the Chinatown area, which is what I did to find the Excellent Pork Chop House. I asked a friend of mine what her favorite place was for lunch and she immediately said, “Excellent Pork Chop House” on Doyers street. The name of the place is pretty confident and clear. If you go there you gotta try the pork chop because well, it’s probably going to be excellent. If it isn’t they should change the name to something else.
That fried porkchop which costs $2.20 lives up to it’s name. The pan fried chop comes out sizzling on the plate and is perfectly tender. You’re gut instinct is, “hey, this should be covered in something” or ”shouldn’t I be dipping this,” but it needs nothing and should be eaten exactly as is— a juicy, flavorful slab of pork delivered on a small otherwise empty white plate.
For a more “substantial” meal (i.e. stuff with other stuff), try the Braised Spare Ribs Soup w/ Lo Mein for $5.75. You first get a cup of clear broth with chunks of boiled meat floating about. I wasn’t sure what exactly I was supposed to do with it, but a few minutes later the bowl of noodles comes out, causing the lightbult of geniusness to go off (dump the broth with the meat onto the noodles!). The dish works very well together and provides a hearty, filling meal.
Like pretty much every place in Chinatown, the Excellent Pork Chop House is no frills, delicious dining. It’s been there for years, and will be probably be there for years more- waiting for you to go in and get that pork chop.
Excellent Pork Chop House, 3 Doyers St. (near Bowery). 212-791-7007
Photos & Post by Daniel Krieger