Downtown Lunch: Yee Eng Home Cooking Opens on Mosco Street
Midtown workers shouldn’t have all the fun, so 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.)
Mosco street is one of the coolest blocks in NYC. It’s basically one big ramp, starting at Mott and sliding down to Mulberry. On it you can find one of the best Thai grocery stores in the city, a funeral parlor for all your otherworldly needs, and a dumpling shack (it’s inferior to Tasty D around the corner though). And now it’s home to Yee Eng Home Cooking, the newest Mosco street addition…
The interior is not air conditioned so try to sit yourself somewhere near the oscillating fan after ordering at the counter. The choices are kinda across the board Asian, from Thai to Malaysian curries, Shanghai Spring Rolls, and “French Fried” (which I’m assuming just means “fries”.)
The big draw here is the prices. For the cost of a barrel of crude oil you could eat here everyday for a month. The most expensive dish on the menu is $4 but many things come in around 2.50 (Curry Chicken over Noodle, Pan Fried Wonton, and Meat Sauce Noodle, to name a few.) At $3.50 the pad thai is flavorful and filling.
If you go though, you have to try the $2.50 pickled vegetables which come slathered in a potent garlic mixture that sports a bit of heat. At $1.75, you’d also be hard pressed not to order the amazing scallion pancakes or the summer roll, which is packed with veggies and surprisingly refreshing (even after being dipped into the small puddle of oily peanut sauce.)
At Yee Eng Home Cooking all the food is well executed by the chefs (or what have you) sweating over the same oven you probably have at home (which I guess accounts for the second half of the restaurant’s name.) Plus 5 bucks will feed you well, or you can do what we did- throw down $14.50 for two people- and have enough to take home for an afternoon snack.
Yee Eng Home Cooking, 105 1/2 Mosco Street (btw. Mott+Mulberry St) 212-608-2510
Post and photos by www.danielkrieger.com