Congee Village

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Congee Village
Lower East Side
There is comfort (and folk-medicinal healing properties) in congee, the Cantonese rice porridge that is the focus at this multilevel, always-packed LES standby. Choose among 29 versions—like the sliced pork with preserved egg, or chicken with black mushrooms, cooked over a low fire until bubbling. The rest of the expansive menu yields such finds as tender razor clams in black-bean sauce and impeccably fresh crabs.
Venue name: Congee Village
Contact:
Address: 100 Allen St
New York
10002-30
Cross street: between Broome and Delancey Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sat, Sun 10:30am–midnight; Thu, Fri 10:30am–2am
Transport: Subway: F to Delancey St; J, M, Z to Delancey–Essex Sts
Price: Average main course: $15. AmEx, MC, V

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bigmovie

I had a feeling that going out for soggy rice porridge would be a bummer and I was partially right.  The congee at Congee Village was not any better than the kind I could make a home.  Maybe it's just me but I don't think this is an out-to-a-restaurant dish.  The restaurant has a full menu of Chinese dishes, including dim sum and seafood dishes.  There's also a lengthy lunch specials section and, from what I've tasted from people I went with, the non-congee dishes are pretty good.  I wouldn't go back unless I was with someone who wanted to go.  Again, it could just be me.  This is a very popular restaurant, often with long wait times.  For me, however, the only congee I'll be having if from my stove.

Joseph Hanania
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Discovered this restaurant recently, with my mother who is from the Upper East Side and is used to the best. The dumplings here were even better. Just make sure you don't get assigned to a room with four tables - must have been a closet, which they now use to handle overflow crowds. Lots of Chinese diners here at big tables, along with us tourists, and everyone speaks good English, which is not always the case in Chinatown.