Times Square is not really a reference when it comes to dining places and I am not talking about 9th Avenue that has great places, but more the heart of Times Square that starts on 8th avenue (Port Authority) and 6th avenue. There used to be Urbo, a quite good restaurant that opened end of 2014 and closed recently (so sad). So, luckily, few weeks ago, KungFu Kitchen opened a Chinese restaurant that serves some pretty good food. We went a couple of times and I was never disappointed.
This cash only restaurant is of a nice size, with the kitchen at the entrance, where you can see them make dumplings. Menu wise, they offer plenty of dishes, offering even ramen soup. Our first choice went for the pork soup dumplings or xiao long bao. They came very hot and were delicious: the shell was perfect and did not break, and the inside was nicely fatty.
Next was the scallion pancakes, a classic dish that rarely disappoints. And we were not disappointed: it was crispy and delightfully greasy.
Now, what was disappointing was the vegetarian spring rolls: these huge rolls had a weird taste that I did not like and were very greasy.
One appetizer I recommend is the roasted duck buns with hoisin sauce. I love duck and especially Peking duck and that was a fantastic dish: the bun was delicious and not too thick, enveloping a sublime duck that was quite tasty. I definitely recommend this dish.
The last appetizer we tried was the fried pork dumplings. I do not know if it is because I am used to the pork gyoza that are smaller, I did to expect the size of these dumplings that were delicious: the shell was perfect, a bit crispy on the side that hit the pan and the filling was a bit juicy and very tasty.
The last dish we tried was their noodles with chicken. Good, I admit that I would have liked the noodles to be fried so they could be slightly crispy.
Know that if you order few appetizers to share, you may end up with a surcharge that is between $3 and $4, but I would say that it is worth it considering that their food is reasonably priced for that area. KungFu Kitchen is a very good addition to the restaurant landscape of Times Square and I will surely go back there. In fact, I am curious to taste their soups that couple of people around us ordered and looked delicious (the soups, not the people!).
Enjoy (I did)!
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