Downtown Lunch: Spend Chinese New Year at Nice Green Bo
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.)
In celebration of the Chinese New Year which is this Monday, Jan 26th, I wanted to review what I consider one of Chinatown’s elite restaurants, Nice Green Bo. Formerly New Green Bo, the ownership changed hands last March and the “New” became “Nice”. Whatever. As long as they don’t mess up the food they can call themselves Big Dongers Chinatown Food Hut (I think that name may actually already exist).
The outside of the restaurant is riddled with articles from pretty much every publication imaginable, and in this downtown lunchers opinion they’re all justified. If you don’t believe me go in there and try an order of the fried tiny buns with pork. You get 8 of these things, and at $4.75 an order you’ll have enough of an appetizer for a group of people (or if someone wants to tackle all 8 they wouldn’t need to order anything else.) They’re the perfect blend of soft smooshy dough with a crispy bottom where they’ve been fried.
Try the Shredded Pork with Salty Vegetable Soup, a hearty bowl of beautifully colored soup with tender slivers of pork in a saliva inducing salted broth. (Yeah I just said that.)
Another interesting item on the menu was the Mixed Meat & Shrimp Rice Cake ($5.50) which consists of coin sized rice flour that has been pressed and boiled, and then sauteed with a few vegetables, some chicken and shrimp. Great flavor but a bit greasy.
Both soups we had were really outstanding. The Shredded Pork and Szechuan Cabbage noodle soup comes with the thicker spaghetti style noodles and ample pork shreddings. On previous visits I’ve had the best General Tso’s all white meat chicken I’ve ever tasted (an out of town guest ordered it so shaddup). Also the soup dumplings are damn good. And for $1.75 you get a giant scallion pancake.
That wonderful salty soup though, I’m still thinking about it.\
Nice Green Bo, 66 Bayard St. (btw. Elizabeth & Mott), 212-625-2359
Photos and post by Daniel Krieger