I recently went to Green Garden Village with a group of 12 people for a massive “Friendsgiving” dinner. This was a big meal so I’ll get right down to what we tried.
1) Whole Suckling Pig
This needs to be ordered in advance, so make sure you call ahead. It was delicious. They serve the crispy skin with the meat still attached in about 15 bao buns, and then a platter is filled of the rest of the pork.
I’d say if you just ordered this with a veggie and a noodle or rice dish, you’d be good for 4 or 5 people.
2) Grouper Three Ways
These were all light but really flavorful:
A) We had the fish filleted and steamed with scallions and ginger near the end of dinner.
B) The head and bones were used to make a milky-white fish broth that was served at the beginning of dinner (I didn’t take a photo of it).
C) This plate of grouper and cabbage is what was used in the soup (aside from the fish head and bones), along with tofu and Chinese mustard greens. They just strained it and served it on the side with the soup.
3) Alaskan King Crab Three Ways
These massive crabs are pricey, but they will serve it a few ways for you if you so choose:
A) Steamed w/ Garlic Over Ho Fun:
This was my favorite preparation. The ho fun noodles were awesome, and the garlic was just the right kind.of flavor to really make you appreciate the sweetness of the crab.
B) Fried Crab w/ Salted Duck Yolks:
Not sure why the shells get battered and fried, but I’ve certainly seen this before. The salted duck yolk was nice though.
C) Crab Brain Fried Rice:
This rice was delicious. Anything that isn’t large crab meat gets fried up and mixed into it.
4) Stir-Fried Fresh Eel
I’m not a huge fan of eel but this was nice.
5) House Special Stir Fry (mixed seafood with sugar snap peas)
This dish contained a lot of interesting stuff in it.
6) Mixed Mushrooms w/ Japanese Tofu
Whatever Japanese tofu is, I love it. Crispy outside and creamy custard-like interior. Awesome mix of mushrooms too. Wow. I liked the fucking tofu dish.
7) Peking Pork Chops
I wasn’t crazy about this one. Not the best chops, dogged up breading and the sauce was too sweet.
8) Sauteed Snow Pea Sprouts
Mandatory greens. These could’ve used a bit more pan heat and some more garlic flavor (no photo).
9) Crispy Garlic Chicken (half order)
This was delicious. I also appreciated that it wasn’t hacked into shitty, difficult-to-eat, bone-in bits and pieces, as often happens with Chinese poultry preparations.
10) Rack of Lamb (double order)
These were deliciously spicy, super tender and perfectly cooked inside. I was very happy with these.
Definitely give this place a shot. I think I like this a little place better than Wu’s Wonton King [link].
GREEN GARDEN VILLAGE
216 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013