Downtown Lunch: Big Wong
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 (ensuring 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.)
For some reason whenever I hear someone mention Big Wong in Chinatown, I hear a gong sound go off in my head.. maybe I’m just thinking of an association with the Sixteen Candles character (of a different but similar sounding name). Word on the street is they have one of the cheapest lunch specials in the city, but I had never tried it so went with a friend to scope out the situation earlier this week. I was impressed with the number of lunch specials, all around the $4.50 range.
We started with a Fried Cruller Rice Crepe appetizer ($2.25) which arrived as a fried savory donut wrapped in a wet rice crepe. What’s not to like about a donut as an appetizer, although think I prefer them sans the crepe, and following a meal.
When a waiter carrying an order of the roast pork appetizer waltzed by us, the stare I gave it was worthy of a sexual harassment suit… so I knew we had to try a half order ($6). The two of us cleaned that plate and kept going back to it even after the lunch specials arrived. Neither lunch, such as the roast pork with pickled vegetables ($4.50) or the chicken with seasonal vegetables (also $4.50) was mind blowing, but it was satisfying, adequate, and an overall great value for your dollar.
One could easily visit this spot and with tax and tip have a nice lunch for under 7 bucks. The scene there is hurried and hectic, which is a good sign for the Big Wong, also sometimes referred to as Big Wong King (I’d make my last name “King” too if my first and middle name was “Big Wong”).
Big Wong, 67 Mott St. (btw. Canal & Bayard), 212-964-0540
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger