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By David Rogoff and Bonnie Chernin | Agent in Brooklyn, NY
  • China New Star – It does not disappoint

    Posted Under: General Area in Brooklyn, Entertainment & Nightlife in Brooklyn, In My Neighborhood in Brooklyn  |  September 22, 2010 11:34 AM  |  1,149 views  |  No comments

    China New Star

    2210-2212 Flatbush Avenue (Near Avenue R)

    Brooklyn, NY  11234

    Telephone:   718-253-6078 and 718-338-9085

    Hours:   Mon. – Thurs. 11:00 am to 10:30 pm

    Friday – Sat.  11:00 am to 11:30 pm

    Sunday - 1:00 pm to 10:30 pm
    Our Rating:  5 Stars


    It’s been said that men love Chinese food and women can take it or leave it.   Maybe that was an ancient saying someone found in a fortune cookie.  I don’t know if the motto is true for everyone.  In my household it is.   David is a huge fan of Chinese food.  Me?  Whether it’s Chinatown or Mandarin or Szechuan, I can leave it most of the time, so the adage stops here. 


    However, there are those time when suddenly I get one of my annoying cravings and I just have to have an eggroll.  And wanton soup.  And General Tso’s.  You get the picture.  That’s when I’m the one doing the second takes – as long as the restaurant is China New Star on Flatbush Avenue in Brooklyn NY.


    China New Star is a Marine Park gem and has been around for years.   You get the best of all worlds here.  They have a huge dining room if you want to eat in.  Or you can take out, and when you get home your food will still be piping hot.   Or you have your meal delivered (and their delivery is very fast, by the way!)


    As for the food?    This month I went there twice, once to eat in and once to take out.  We had the Chinese Vegetable Soup, which is fabulous if you love fresh spinach, mushrooms, carrots, celery, broccoli and other mixed veggies in a mild tasty broth.    We got General Tso’s chicken Special Combination.   In terms of taste and quality it’s never been better.  The chicken is excellent quality meat that is super tender and the sauce is superb, seasoned just right with the right touch of spice.  This came with a crispy eggroll and fried rice.   (If you prefer a slightly milder version of General Tso’s, their Sesame Chicken is wonderful.)   We also ordered a large Shrimp with Lobster Sauce to share.  This was a mistake – not because the Shrimp was bad – it’s just the portions are so huge it’s enough for at least 2 days and we simply could not finish it.


    As for the quality and taste?   Wow!  Huge, succulent shrimp that is so delicious.   All in a lobster sauce that is not at all watery or slimy, but is thick, rich and filled with chips of meat and lots of egg and peas.   There were so many shrimp in that container that I had a full meal the next day just from that one dish.  The taste is like you remember when we were kids back in the 1960s.  Those of you not old enough to remember will really appreciate the quality of China New Star’s cooking.


    If I had any disappointment at all it was probably the fried rice, which was a bit bland and had  too much chicken.   So next time I’ll order the vegetable fried rice and see if that’s better.  


    Oh, and we actually ordered ice cream to take out.  That’s right – we took out a pint of plain vanilla.   It was very good.  No kidding.


    As we mentinoed in a previous restaurant review, we were very disappointed when Richard Yee’s closed a few years ago and thought we’d never find another Chinese restaurant in Marine Park with old style cuisine that tasted just right.   China New Star is just right, and more.   It’s a good place for lunch and for Girls Night Out.   They are open 7 days and are open late.   They have a full bar.   Their prices are not the cheapest, but not bad for all you get.  If you happen to live in Marine Park, China New Star is close by and easily accessible by car or bus. 


    And if you want to stay home, nothing accompanies a great TCM classic film like China New Star’s Chicken Chow Mein with that genuine old style taste, accompanied by their flavorful and meaty spare ribs.  It’s a great way to spend a lazy Saturday night.  


    If you live in Bensonhurst, Gravesend or Bath Beach and would rather not trek to Marine Park it’s not a problem.   We did a review on Silver Star, one of our favorite Chinese restaurants in Bensonhurst.  You can read our Silver Star review at this link:  http://www.trulia.com/blog/edit/104896/


    No matter where you are in Brooklyn NY, when it comes to wining and dining there is something in every neighborhood to satisfy your preference and palate. 


    Bon appetit!

  • Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, NY Silver Star Restaurant: Review

    Posted Under: Entertainment & Nightlife in Bensonhurst  |  February 22, 2010 9:32 PM  |  1,025 views  |  3 comments
    Silver Star Restaurant
    6221 18th Avenue
    Brooklyn, NY 11204
    Our Rating:  4 Stars

    I recently had the opportunity to go to Silver Star Restaurant when the president of our Scrabble Club invited club members to join him in celebration of his 65th birthday.  He had dined there a week earlier and said the food was really good, and so we all met there on Tuesday evening for dinner.

    David and I were quite impressed with the food. The menu features Chinese and Asian cuisine, with many specialties to choose from and steamed healthy selections as well. The qua;ity is excellent and was quickly served, considering how many people were in our group.  David and I ordered two standard combination dinners and split them.  I got the Shrimp with Lobster Sauce and David ordered the Chicken Chow Mein and Spare Ribs, and we had egg rolls, fried rice and Wonton Soup. The Chow Mein was really delicious and had that classic nostalgic taste that you don't find these days.  Ditto the ribs.  The sauces and flavors of all the dishes took us back in time.  Even the soup noodles were extra crispy with a taste long forgotten and worth recalling.   

    Ever since Richard Yee's on Avenue U closed a few years back we've been searching for a similar place that serves authentic Chinese fare - you know, like the kind we had when we were kids growing up in Brooklyn . It looks like we found it at Silver Star.  It's no surprise, considering that Silver Star has been in business with the original family owners since 1944.  Adding to the pleasurable dining experience is the warm 1960's style decor right down to the booths and the prices, which are very reasonable.  The restaurant is centrally located in Bensonhurst, and easily accessible by car or public transportation via the 18th Avenue N Train station.

    We intend to go back again and recommend Silver Star highly.  They are open every day until 11pm.  Try it and enjoy.
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