Wo Hop Restaurant
17 Mott St Bsmt B, New York, NY 10013
Phone: (212) 267-2536
Phone: (212) 962-8617
Primary Phone: (212) 267-2536
Wo Hop 17 Inc
Wo Hop City
Bike Parking: Yes
Wheelchair Accessible: No
Cuisines: Asian, Family Style, Chinese
Alcohol: Beer, Wine
Takes Reservations: No
Outdoor Seating: No
Price Range : Average
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04/16/2010Provided by Citysearch -
I first went to Wo Hop as a young 20 something back in the early 80s. It was a favorite for a late night bite. I went back again last week when I took my kids to the City. They loved it. I still love it. I've never had bad food there. Always delicious. The chicken wings are awesome. My entree last week was pork with string beans. I couldn't eat enough. At some point I had to stop, but I didn't want to. My daughter raved about her chicken with French mushrooms.
The general ambiance would be characterized as ""memento clutter"". There are photographs, shirt patches, business cards and notes covering the walls. Some new, some old. It's always interesting.
There is a sign in the restaurant that says they've been there since 1938. Success lives on. It's a different, but great dining experience. I'll be back the next time I make it to NYC.
08/24/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Unbelievable Chinese food at an affordable price. The store is located in the heart of Chinatown on Mott St. Prices are equivalent to that of a McDonalds. Two can eat great food for just about $20.00. Highly recommended from someone who sees themselves as a conuesser of Chinese restaurants in the NY Metropolitan area.
02/25/2009Provided by Citysearch -
Do not be fooled by the upstairs Wo Hop. I went there once and deeply regretted it. The downstairs Wo Hop is the quintessential American Style Chinese food in New York City. Wo Hop and Hop Kee are widely regarded as the two best in the City. They are right down the street from each other, but after going to Wo Hop, I've simply never felt the need to even try Hop Kee. It couldn't possibly be any better. (I'm going this weekend though, so I may eat my words.)
The walls are filled with pictures of people who look vaguely like famous people, but it's not actually them. It's an ironic statement (probably unintended) about the Carnagie Deli and other tourist traps with good but not unsurpassed food. It says that you don't need actual celebrities to endorse your greatness. There is nothing special about Wo Hop except the food and with food like that, it needs nothing else.
Don't be intimidated by the occasional long lines, they move deceptively quickly.
And don't expect anything fancy, just everything that's right about what Americans refer to as ""Chinese Food"".
11/06/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I decided to go for dinner with my husband and son tonight but I couldn't imagine I was making a mistake.
After reading the reviews here we headed to Wo Hop. When we got there they told us to choose a table but most of them were still dirty from the previous people.
Anyway we sited and ordered the follow:
Steamed Dumplings: The meat inside was still frozen and the tips were dry as if they were froze unpacked and then after 1 month taken from there and dumped in boiled water for 2 seconds. We didn't eat them.
Chicken Fried Rice: a little burned and too much soy sauce.
Chicken with Cashew Nuts: The chicken was rare and the only thing i could eat was the cashews.
Beef with garlic Sauce: My husband ate the broccoli only.
Chicken Lo Mein: I asked my son to eat only the noodles because i didn't trust the chicken freshness.
We left place after 20 minutes and got some slices of pizza from Little Italy.
09/09/2008Provided by Citysearch -
Last Saturday night was my first experience at Wo Hop, and it definitely wont be my last. We ordered a ton of food and everything was amazing. I have been craving chicken kow in bb sauce. with a side of broad noodles since I have walked out of the restaurant. I was pretty much shoveling the food in my mouth with my hands. The food kept coming and the service was friendly and fast. I would recommend this place to anyone hands down. Anyone who wrote anything bad about this place needs to grow up. Wo Hop All Day!!!!
03/28/2008Provided by Citysearch -
After hearing about Wo Hop from several friends I decided I had to check it out. At first I was disappointed by the cramped and almost dirty looking basement cafeteria, but after devouring my first fried dumpling I completely forgot about the lack of decor. As far as cheap Chinese food goes, Wo Hop is the best I've had in a long time. It's a great spot to go after partying because it's open very late at night. I've already had to return there after having an extreme Wo Hop craving at 4am.
02/26/2008Provided by Citysearch -
I have lived in NY all my life & whenever the Wo Hop is mentioned someone says ""yea, but you have to go to the one downstairs."" I tried the one upstairs once & could not eat what they served me. I am a regular in the basement.
The writer of the original review states that they are both owned by the same person but I would be shocked if that is true. The one downstairs ""Wo Hop Restaurant Inc."" has been around since 1969 and has much better food. The one upstairs is ""Sun Wo Hop Restaurant Corp."" and opened in 1976. my guess is that they did the same thing that every ""Rays Pizza"" did (except for Rays on 6th Avenue and 11th Street ) take a good name & steal the business from people who say ""If you are going to Chinatown to eat go to Wo Hop""
06/19/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Wo Hop is a cultish, no-frills place that every NYC college student knows about because it's always open for dinner in the wee hours. I also had to laugh at the negative responses, as Wo Hop isn't pretending to be a fine Chinese restaurant -- it's for NYC-style Cantonese food that is VERY hard to find anywhere else! And you DON'T go there for the Szechuan food, as I note the response about the hot and sour soup. You go there for the ROAST PORK CHOW FUN, roast pork fried rice, pineapple chicken, wonton soup with somewhat greasy fried noodles and duck sauce (which they haven't even heard of west of the Hudson). (And you DON'T go to the upstairs restaurant -- one time I was back in NY and had no cash, so I tried it, thinking, How different can it be? and, well, Very. I was thoroughly disappointed.) I've lived in LA nearly 30 years now, and every time I'm back in NY, I have to go to Wo's for my roast pork chow fun fix. I love the Chinese food in LA, but I can never find chow fun or fried rice made the way it's made in NY, especially at Wo Hop. Writing this review has furthered my craving, as I haven't been back since 2005, alas :-(. Good thing I'll be going back in December. :-)
05/22/2007Provided by Citysearch -
Was introduced to Wo Hop by New York friends and now I try to visit every time I am in NYC. At first I was reluctant because of it's underground, harried location, but that all disappeared once I tried the food and met the wonderful service staff. Everyone was extremely friendly and fast to help us order and get our food. Everything was delicious, from their soups to their noodles. I don't remember specifically the name of what I ordered, but no worries, anything you order there is great! The place went from unfamiliar, greasy throwback to comfortable, fun place in no time! I only wish they would open a restaurant in Chicago!
08/13/2006Provided by Citysearch -
WOH! I can't believe people rave about this place! As a Chinese I knew I wasn't going to get authentic chinese food because when I entered I saw that none of the customers were Chinese. I went anyway because I don't really mind American Chinese food and also I had heard how great the food is. ARE YOU KIDDING ME?? They put enough corn starch (the thickening stuff) to glew your intestines together and enough MSG to keep you thirsty for two days. The dishes have nothing ""Chinese"" about them. I was very disappointed overall, although having some of their greasy & salty food would be good after clubbing or something.
06/29/2006Provided by Citysearch -
This little place is the most amazing food Ive ever had. It should deffinatly have a 10.0 raiting and if you go i promise you that you will agree. One thing though go into the lower resturant the waiters are very friendly I swear you will have an amazing time, my friends and I will actually go in to the city just for the steamed dumplings at 1am. The food is just that good give it a shot im sure you will agree.
05/02/2006Provided by Citysearch -
Ok, after reading some of the negative reviews I had to laugh. Wo Hop isn't a place you go to when you want fine dinning. You go there when you want fast service and good New York City Chinese food. This is a place I have been too many times, usually after a night out at near by bars. The service might not be the best, but the food definitely hits the spot.
02/09/2006Provided by Citysearch -
I was introduced to Wohop Through Vic an avid Wo-Hop fan. My first time in Wohop was like something out of a movie. I sat a a corner table with a group of Regulars. What a good time! The staff was halarioius! And knew my friends by name, the staff catered to us. I am not a fan of chinese food usually, but even that was delicious not to mention my first encounter with chinese beer. Worth your time. I am planning a trip to NYC in couple of weeks and Wohop is On my too do list.