|Address:||600 11th Avenue, Gotham West Market, New York, NY 10036, USA|
|Opening hours (Edit)|
|Monday:||11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Tuesday:||11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Wednesday:||11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Thursday:||11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
|Friday:||11:00 AM – 11:00 PM|
|Saturday:||11:00 AM – 11:00 PM|
|Sunday:||11:00 AM – 10:00 PM|
Woooooooo! Jianbing! I practically lived off these things last time I was in China, so I was super excited to give these guys a try.
$13 seems a little steep for what is found in major Chinese cities for less than $1, but OK, it's NYC blah blah blah.
Jianbing: thin, crepe-type wrap filled with your choice of meat (or tofu in my case) as well as a deep fried crisp cracker, scallions, cilantro, and chili paste (various heat levels available). It's good, tasty, light, but it's lacking in any heft approaching, say, a burrito, which might be a deal-breaker for some at a $13 price point. It also isn't quite as portable as it looks, as it is lightly packed and easily falls apart if not carefully held.
Sides: had 3/4, and 2/3 were terrible, with only the edamame dumplings holding up. The green beans tasted like they'd been marinated overnight, and not in a good way. Maybe it's just me, but green beans are best with some crisp and complementary seasoning, not soggy and pungent. The eggplant was equally unappealing, mostly due to indiscriminate use of ginger. The Chinese do love the ginger, but these levels were absurd, rendering the eggplant a slimy ginger mush pile.
Yeah, I would order their jianbing again if I had the hankering, and I really want to try the jidanbing (folded flatbread type version of jianbing), but they always seem to be out of it. Fine place, clean, and conveniently fulfills a niche interest without having to schlep down to Chinatown.
I enjoyed the Jiangbing sandwich. I got it filled with beef at medium heat. The sandwich was hearty and full of flavor. It had a nice combination of sweet and spicy.
Never had any issues with service. Food is not ready instantly, but worth the wait!
At first I was not going to try the food based of the yelps that was under this location. I am glad that I didn't listen to what was posted. To start things off the location manger ( Marquis ) who I was able to talk to today was the biggest help. He was able to explain the menu to me which allowed me to understand what I was about to eat. Im not sure if its always like this but it was just him in the booth and he had a customer before me, and it still only took about 4-5 min. I had the JianBing and it was great. The only thing I would change is the crunch, but I now know to not ask for the cracker next time.
Overall I had a great experience, and I will be bringing some of my friends back the next time. Also just incase the Owners actually look at this I want you guys to tell your staff to keep being who they are no matter what these negative minded people want to put up on Yelp!!!!!