You can't argue with the huge popularity of this place - it's an institution. The good news is that the food portions are VERY generous and pretty darned tasty. It's just not *great* - other Chinese restaurants in the Chinatown area can lay claim to that title. But the heck with semantics - you'll enjoy your eating experience, particularly if you get the very sweet slippery shrimp. If you eat at the restaurant, don't order one entree per person, unless you plan on taking a lot of food home. This is meant to be shared. So experiment, grab a few entrees and everyone have a taste. Fun. Be aware that the line to get in is typically very long, due to the popularity of the place. I prefer to order take-out, where I can enjoy Yang Chow food in my home with my friends. Always a fun treat. Our friends from London insist on us ordering Yang Chow food whenever they come to town!
the deep-fried bean curd is unique--thick, golden, crunchy batter that sticks well on above-averaged-sized pieces of bean curd. i give the bean curd on a good day here 5 starts (there are days where they're good, but not great). the other regular entrees i've been getting over the years are the deep-fried chow mein hong kong-sytle, roast duck, walnut mayonnaise shrimp, and sweet & sour pork. i give these 3.5-4.5 stars. over the many years i've been going to won kok, the food quality has been consistent. NOTE: this is a chinese restaurant that cops, filipinos, and hispanics almost exclusively seem to fancy; i rarely see chinese people here, other than any chinese friends with me and the staff.
Until Dong Il Jang, I was a Korean BBQ naysayer. The stuff I'd had was either super Americanized, or so focused on fatty meat that I had to really psych up my digestive system days in advance. But this place is the real deal. The meats (especially the roast gui) are really fresh and tasty. The sides (banchan), especially the noodles and kimchi that come with the meal, are fresh and flavorful. But for me, it's the dish whose name escapes me -- it's a platter of already pre-stir-fried, bright red-colored meat that is a mix of sweet and spicy, and it's the best. Atmosphere is cozy yet lively, just what it should be for the shared, messy, yummy group experience.