for whatever reason, Cafe Hong Kong fell out of rotation on my weekly dinners in Chinatown. there were no bad meals, no service issues, no back-alley cleanliness issues that kept me away, but still months passed without having been. after a few disappointing meals at Shanghai Heping and 456, I was about ready to give Chinatown a break. so glad i decided to return to Cafe Hong Kong instead.
they’ve opened up the space, tearing down the short wall that divided the room, and added some menu items, two of which I tried on Friday. they now have Braised E-Fu Noodles with Mushrooms, similar but better than my best dish at Amazing 66, and Prince Mushrooms and Beef, not unlike a favorite at Szechuan Gourmet. the peking pork chops were nearly perfect and, though we didn’t order it, the lobster special looked just as good as ever.