Hop Kee is another one of the classic New York City Chinese restaurants on this section of Mott Street, and has been around since 1968. Just a few doors down from the legendary Wo Hop, Hop Kee shares some similar features; the flight of stairs taking you down to the basement level, oddly bright fluorescent lights, simple and outdated decor, and random pictures on the walls. Hop Kee wasn’t the first restaurant on the block, nor is it the oldest, but it shares that old New York feel with some of its neighbors and will transport you to a different era.
Hop Kee’s food is solid and served in Neanderthal sized portions. The Wor Shui Kau soup pictured is loaded with chicken, duck, pork, dumplings, and comes in a huge metal pot. It’s more like a full meal than an appetizer. The service may not be as friendly as Wo Hop, but you get the feel that the Cantonese fare is a bit more authentic in a less touristy, less crowded environment. You can’t go wrong with either one, just be sure to go with an empty stomach.
Pictured: Wor Shui Kau Soup
21 Mott St | New York, NY 10013 | (212) 964-8365