A couple of weeks ago the Mom Vivant ladies, instead of a #tbt, decided to have a glass of wine after a long day at the office (maybe that is a #tbt after all!).
As it seemed that fickle spring had (finally!) decided to make its debut in New York, all of the initial bets for a glass of wine, something to nibble on and a good laugh and conversation were mission impossible. Everyone in the city had had the same idea and all food and/or drink establishments were full to the brims.
Not letting this dissuade us, we walked around Chelsea and ended up going to Chop Shop. With a wait of about 15 minutes to get a table and a loud and happy crowd enjoying their cocktails and delicious looking noodles and some other Asian fare, we were able to sit immediately by the window, people looking over Tenth Avenue, and got served rather quickly (taking into consideration that there was a full house) by a very nice waiter.
The place is kind of narrow with a white brick wall and Chinese paper lamps that gives it a downtown romantic feeling. We wouldn’t recommend bringing a stroller in and if you do, definitely an umbrella one and folded would be your best bet.
The menu is not extensive and it has some traditional Chinese dishes with a twist to them. It does have a short but to the point wine and beer list and some cocktails (which we had on a previous visit and we can attest to their flavor and strength). There is no kids menu, but there are dishes that a kid would have no problem having, like the dumplings or, if they are on the petit vivant side, very tasty braised pork belly buns.
We ordered the summer roll (maybe a bit bland, but with a peanut based dipping sauce that saved the dish); cold sesame noodles (superb, with the right amount of spice to make them, spicy, but not overwhelming); the fried dumplings and zha jiang mian which were pretty acceptable (of course they would never compare to the ones 外婆 (aka, my Chinese grandmother) made, but that is another story).
The bathroom is on the left hand side, just before the kitchen. With dark tile and a sleek look, it is ample enough and relatively clean, with no changing table.
Even though Chop Shop is obviously not catered to the parent/children crowd, we still feel it is a place where you could bring your Little Vivants and have them enjoy some fancy Chinese food. The place is a bit loud (which can be a good thing, if you know what I mean) and we would definitely suggest going with the little ones on the early side.
254 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10001
Monday – Saturday:
Lunch 12:00pm – 3:30pm
Dinner 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Dinner 5:00pm – 10:00pm