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    Posted November 7, 2012 by
    Soquel, California
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    100 places to eat like a local

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    Hop Kee, New York City – I found this place almost 25 years ago, wandering the streets of NYC’s Chinatown with college friends. In search of a place to eat, we were saying we didn’t want a place that catered to Americans; we wanted authenticity. A woman leaned out a second story window and yelled at us in Chinese, pointing at some stairs and a door, mostly unmarked. We pointed to confirm what appeared to be her directions. We descended the stairs and entered a large dining room filled with Chinese. A server quickly sat us and handed us menus – in Chinese. He swiftly returned, we explained that we had no idea what to eat but were willing to eat anything, could he please choose for us. He treated us to a feast of incredible flavors and textures. This was the best Chinese food I had ever had…but I didn’t know the name of the place. Years, many years, later I was watching Anthony Bordain’s No Reservations. He was discussing the decline of authentic Cantonese restaurants in Chinatown. Then he wandered down some stairs into the same simple dining room I had enjoyed this wonderful feast all those years ago…Hop Kee ,, 21 Mott St, (At Mosco St)
    New York, NY 10013
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