Asian 59 Inc.
207 59th Street
New York, NY 10022
Phone: (212) 371-4777/1201/8651
Fax: (212) 371-5787
My review on TripAdvisor:
This amazing little hole in the wall restaurant is a the perfect retreat when visiting the Upper East Side shopping district or fighting the crowds at Bloomingdale’s. Like most of the non-descript Chinese restaurants that line the streets and avenues of Manhattan, Asian 59 stands out for its very friendly service, reasonable prices and excellent food.
When I was finishing my blog on walking the Upper East Side for my other blog, “MywalkinManhattan”, I had passed this restaurant several times and saw that it was very busy at lunch time and thought that last day in the neighborhood I would try it. I was very happy with the whole experience.
The first time I ate at Asian 59 was for lunch. Their lunch specials are extremely reasonable and offers a nice selection. Most of the regular traditional Cantonese type dishes start around $7.50 and come with a choice of soup, either Egg Drop, Wonton or Hot & Sour or an egg roll or spring roll and then a choice of white, brown or egg fried rice. You are served a very decent amount of food.
I had a General Tso Chicken combination plate with an egg roll and egg fried rice that was not only delicious but the portion size was very generous. The pieces of chicken were perfectly cooked and the the sauce had a nice tangy flavor to it. The dish had some kick to it because of the hot chili peppers. The egg rice fried rice had a nice flavor to it studded with pieces of egg, pork and vegetables.
The egg roll was filled with cabbage and pork and cooked to a greasy perfection with a nice crisp outside and a flavorful interior accented with the sweet sauce that comes with it.
General Tso’s Chicken
The most recent time I ate at the restaurant, I was fighting a cold and enjoyed a Cantonese Wonton Soup with Roast Pork, Wontons and Bok Choy. This large, simmering bowl of steaming soup came to the table loaded with egg noodles, roast pork and several plump wontons ($8.95) and truly hit the spot. The broth was rich and deep and with every bite set out to conquer my cold. The wontons were well cooked but there were only three and I would have thought would have come with more. The roast pork had its usual fatty richness to it.
The service is always very nice and the staff is very quick with requests. I have always found them to be very friendly. With the location across the street from Bloomingdale’s, you would think that the restaurant would be busier.