Great food and great service. My husband and I met in China and we wanted to have our rehearsal dinner at a chinese restaurant. We tried many restaurants before realizing that Lee How Fook did banquets. I reserved the date and was a little unsure about how the small restaurant with the back alley entrance would go over with our out-of-town guests. In the end it was wonderful, the food was fantastic, the service was excellent. I was really impressed with how the staff handled our event, they let me drop off the liquor a few days before. The cost of the event was extremely cheap given the quality of the food and service. This ended up being my favorite night out of our wedding weekend thanks to the staff at this restaurant.
best Chinese food anywhere!. This has been one of my top restaurants for several years now, and after more than a dozen visits it has never disappointed. Its small, modest decor, and serves delicious interesting Chinese food. The dishes are all distinct, with flavors and sauces that complement but never overpower the ingredients as is too common among Chinese restaurants. My favorites are the Crispy Tofu with Crabmeat - I've never had anything like this. The tofu literally melts out of its crispy skin, with a wonderful crab-filled light sauce and perfectly cooked (ie, not overcooked) broccoli. Many people here have commented on the Salt Baked Squid - and they are right, its unbelievably good, simple and perfect every time. Nothing has ever been less than great. The prices are low - no different from any other Chinatown restaurant despite the step up in quality and interest. The service is pleasant and efficient. On weekends there is often a wait, so I usually go during the week.
Great Flavors and Value. This restaurant has became one of my favorites very quickly because of its great food and good price. The portions are large and the flavors do not suffer because of this. The cuisine may be a little different than some might expect, especially if you are used to getting quick take out with Americanized flavor. I am a fan of the big menu that has a great variety of options. The atmosphere of the restaurant is quaint and tables are closely arranged - but this is common among restaurants in Chinatown. The BYOB option is a great one that the staff is always open to accommodating. The only con that I can think of is that I have seen the waitstaff be rather rude to customers who come toward the end of the night. I have seen a particular waiter be abrupt with customers in telling them that they cannot be seated as the restaurant closes soon, and also in telling customers that they have to hurry and place their orders as the kitchen is taking the last of its orders now. I understand that this young waiter wants to get out of work as soon as possible, but as this restaurant closes much earlier than most other Chinatown restaurants - it's understandable that it is unexpected by new patrons. But don't let this negative point taint this review - I still consider this restaurant as one of my absolute favorites and would recommend its food to everyone!
Great food - great price!. Five of us ate at Lee How Fook on Friday - we were seated promptly (with a reservation) and had brought both beers and wine - they were very accomodating and brought us both an ice bucket as well as a knife and plate to cut up a lime. All of the food was outstanding but I especially enjoyed the szechuan green beans and the General Tso's chicken. My friend described it as good food that also happens to be Chinese - not like the greasy gross things you get at many other places. Our waiter was convinced we ordered too much food but we managed to stuff it all in and leave for $20/person including a generous tip. We will definitely be back.
Best Chinese in Town. I have eaten in almost every restaurant in Philly Chinatown. Lee How Fook is the best of the best. (Even better than Sang Kee!) It is small, like others say, but then that's how most BYOB is anyway. This is one of the few restaurants in Chinatown that you don't feel weird bringing a bottle of wine. For appetizer, try the potstickers, they are awesome! For dinner, try the hotpots. Make sure you make a reservation on the weekends, it can get crowded. I once made a reservation on a Sat, but the people at the table we were waiting for just wouldn't leave (they just kept talking to every other table in the restaurant.) When we finally sat down, the owner gave us a few free appetizers to make up for the wait. I don't think there's any kind of services like this elsewhere in Chinatown.
Hong Kong, Cantonese and Szechuan come together for a delicious, down-to-earth experience at this Chinatown BYOB..
This small family restaurant contains classic round tables, lazy susans and a friendly waitstaff. Lee How Fook seems to be a place for meetings and celebrations--goodbye parties, parents visiting college kids. Try the straightforward steamed dumplings of pulled pork, flavorful Singapore noodles and arguably the best hot and sour soup in town. The kitchen is most famous for its hot pots, steaming terrines containing oysters and ginger and earthy mushrooms or abalone with chicken.
Great Little Chinese Restaurant. Went on line looking for a new Chinese restaurant and found Lee How Fook. Great little place with exceptional food and a good value. The steamed dumplings were the best I have had since NY chinatown! Great Noodle soup on a cold night. i recommend it but rather small so reservations may be needed.
Disappointed!. Based on several reviews from others on this web site, we decided to give Lee How Fook a try. We are former Philly residents, so getting there was a snap. Once we arrived, no one was there to seat us so we took our own table. Service was rather scarce as it took the waitress 10 minutes to serve us our water and tea. My wife did not have a setting so she borrowed one form an adjacent table. The retsaurant is very small, so sound levels are a problem. A simple cough next to us resounded in our heads. Our meals were finally served, albeit staggered, with large portions. All three dishes were unremarkable for a supposed quality restaurant. The center city locals do not add to the ambiance.
Great time at this place......
The food was great, the service was great and the desserts from the their co-owned coffee shop a house down from the restaurant were superb.
Lee knows How to Fook Chinese Food. We just dined here today. Parking in Chinatown is always a problem but there are many parking garages nearby. Lee How Fook just renovated last year; I think it's the cleanest Chinese restaurant in Chinatown. The furniture and decor are beautiful. Our waitress was very fast, courteous, and friendly. We ordered shu mai as an appetizer, Triple Delight Hot Pot, Beef with Black Bean sauce and Green Peppers, two drinks and Chocolate Extravaganza and Sorbet in a Shell (Orange flavor). Everything was SO delicious including dessert. The most tender meat and freshest veggies in Chinatown. We will definitely come back!
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