Congee Village

Restaurants, Chinese Lower East Side
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Congee Village
Congee Village
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
Address: 100 Allen St
New York
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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Jacqueline F

This place was busy at 7:30pm on Wednesday night before Christmas. There were lots of large groups with a festive holiday vibe. The hostess seemed overwhelmed but after only 20 minutes and a lychee martini at the bar we were seated at a table. The table was tiny and located in what seemed like a former break room or closet space, it was a small nook and facing a wall. We couldn't enjoy people watching or eyeballing what other tables were eating but it was cozy. We had the beef congee, chicken and mushrooms over rice, garlic chicken, and a side of snow pea leaves. I thought the food was pretty awesome. I could've done without the chicken and mushrooms over rice because the garlic chicken was so much better and I think overall it was too much food but we kept the leftovers. The service wasn't good but this is a no tipping restaurant so it all makes sense. Though the bill says no tipping, the receipt still had a line to give a tip which makes me think it's either to acknowledge exceptional service or it's a trick. Overall it was great food and drinks in a festive atmosphere and I would recommend going.

Alex E

What could possibly be better than a place where you both can eat decent, cheap Chinese food and do karaoke? Literally nothing! This place is a ball!

Brian M.

Visited this location over the winter as I was in the area.  Does not look like that much from outside, but the interior is quite lavishly decorated and big.  The service was ok and the food was decent.  I did not venture far away from noodles and chicken, but I did notice the extensive menu dipped into goose intestines, frog porridge, and pork liver.  I am guessing that these interesting choices are well received as there were many groups of people, mostly Asians, enjoying the food.  Good to know for the future when asked, "Do you know where I can get frog porridge?"

Peter Y

There's nothing better than comfort food, especially Chinese comfort food that opens late. Congee Village, a mainstay of Bowery, offers delicious food at affordable prices. Their preserved egg congee, soup dumplings, and various noodle/rice dishes will satisfy just about anyone. While the service here can be lacking, don't let that be a deterrent to try their delicious food! 


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.