As first reported on LauHound, Cafe Hong Kong is a new venture from the owner and chefs of South China Garden. Earlier known as Cantoon Garden, for many years this was a Cantonese go-to in Manhattan's Chinatown until it closed early in 2012.
The restaurant brands itself not only a "Hong Kong diner" but also an "espresso bar." One can order peanut butter and condensed milk toast, or several platters sporting sizzling steaks, or any number of dishes with spaghetti; the menu also name-checks Gimme Coffee! and milk from Battenkill Valley Creamery. (Elsewhere, Battenkill provides the foundation for very good ice cream.) The much-loved dishes from South China Garden, however, continue to be the biggest attractions — especially when one can score the likes of crisp-skinned chicken with garlic as a lunch special ($6.95).
Also shown: salt-and-pepper pork chops (lunch special, $6.95); "chef's twin egg bok choy" ($12), with both preserved egg and hardboiled egg; very tender salt-and-pepper squid ($16); crispy pork intestines ($12), boldly colored but, sadly, not so crispy, and reliant on a bed of crunchy pickled daikon and carrot for contrast; a casserole of stewed lamb, dried bean curd, and onion ($18).
Cafe Hong Kong
51 Bayard St. (Mott-Elizabeth Sts.), Manhattan