China Lake Restaurant
- Payment method:
- all major credit cards
- Chinese Restaurants, Take Out Restaurants, Asian Restaurants, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
- Other Information:
Parking: Lot, Private
Bike Parking: Yes
Good For Groups: Yes
Good for Kids: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Take Out: Yes
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Chinese, Pan Asian
Takes Reservations: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
03/29/2010Provided by Citysearch -
This is the best Chinese food in the area - this is the opinion of both myself and my entire circle of friends. The place does not spend money on atmosphere, so don't be surprised by the appearance. They definitely are not concerned with the look of the place. Try not to go late on Friday or Sat evening, as they typically have no wait-staff help (its just one married couple). We have eaten there at least 100 times over the past 12 years; easily as good as places in NY Chinatown.=
My family and i love going here to eat. We know that if we are dinig in it will be a wait but a well deserved on. Yes the husband and wife duo do argue in their language but we dont understand it so it is all good. This is my favorite restaurant over many that I have tried in the Broome county area. It stays true to who they are and what they eat. I Itell many people of this restaurant and do pre warn them that if they are eating in and they are busy it may be a wait but worth it!
China Lake is the ONLY Chinese restaurant within a fifty-mile radius of Binghamton, NY that consistently serves dishes equal to their Chinese and Taiwanese counterparts. The menu, especially the Chinese language one, is a purist's dream; peppered with special ingredients such as black bean curd, frog, dried fish, you cai, baby clams, and on and on and on. China Lake's tiny dining room is often filled to capacity with Chinese guests--a testament to the loyality it has engendered among locals who value authenticity. It is my restaurant of choice for entertaining Chinese dignitaries and visiting professors and in my experience none has been disappointed. Unfortunately, the husband and wife team who cook, serve and clean are often overwhelmed during dinner rushes. If you're looking for fast service then China Lake is not for you. The two often argue loudly in Chinese from dining room to kitchen, shouting freely over the heads of their guests. But most forgive the frey; the food is worth it!
12/08/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I've eaten here three times: once for dine-in and twice for take-out. Both times proved this restaurant to have the best Chinese food in the area. If you eat at the restaurant, be sure to check out all of the menus (the take-out menu is mostly your ordinary Chinese restaurant finds); there are two sit-down menus, one of which contains many specialty items, such as whole fish. Be sure to ask for recommendations from the server if you are feeling adventurous.
I enjoyed the fresh orange wedges that came after dinner too.