EV Grieve reader LesMis asked if we could drill a little deeper... Sure. What the hell. We take requests.
Per LesMis: "I love good old fashioned New York Chinese food, just like I ate as a kid. Sure, I like the fusion, the exotic, the healthy, the Thai-masquerading-as-Chinese and even the Sushi joint-afterthought-for-people-who-don't-eat-sushi-but-got-outvoted-by-the-group varieties. But sometimes, I just get a hankering for the now unfashionable and often ridiculed basic dishes. Chop Suey, Chow Mein and Lo Mein rule."
So basically, he's looking for a low-brow menu with some standards and specifications:
• Folding cardboard containers.
• High standards of hygiene and food protection.
• High quality (fresh oil, vegetables and meat well-prepared classic style)
As a guide, two of his favorite places for this fare are Charlie Mom on Sixth Avenue between 11th Street and 12th Street ... and Cottage on Irving Place and 16th Street. But a little closer to our neighborhood.
OK then. Uh, anyone?