Wo Hop Restaurant

Wo Hop Restaurant

Cantonese Restaurant and Chinese Restaurant$$$$
Chinatown, New York
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    Ariel B.
    "always head downstairs, also the steamed dumplings are to die for"(25 Tips)
    David D.
    "Outrageous Beef Chow Fon!"(7 Tips)
    John M.
    "The fried dumplings are the best in the city, period!"(12 Tips)
    John G.
    "Stick with DOWNSTAIRS that's where the real food is."(5 Tips)
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  • good for a late night
  • wontons
  • chow fon
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  • Untapped Cities
    Untapped CitiesJuly 30, 2013
    Visit Wo Hop in Chinatown to get notoriously Americanized (but still delicious) "Chinese" food. Snap a photo while you're at it and add it to the basement photo wall.
    Upvoted Apr 13
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    The egg foo young--a gravied dome of eggs chock full of meat and veggies--is a standout dish, as is the chow fun. The thick, wide noodles are the perfect vehicle for soy and the wok's flavor. Read more
  • Graylyn R.
    Graylyn RooseSeptember 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Fried dumplings are some of the best in Chinatown. I had the chow mei fon (curry rice noodles with shrimp and peppers). It was delicious, and TONS of food.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Lynn B.heart icon on user image
    Lynn Bednar-RandoJanuary 1, 2018
    Wo Hop is the bomb have to hit up the basement...17 Mott...crispy chicken and crispy beef are the play and they make awesome egg rolls and hot and sour soup...
  • JoNeZEEheart icon on user image
    JoNeZEEFebruary 10, 2015
    Food is delicious, the fried dumplings are addictive, cant just have one. The shrimp mei fun is amazing too. Be patient the wait can be long but the payoff is worth it.
  • Chad M.
    Chad MartinMarch 11, 2019
    Huge portions! You will have lots of leftovers. Order stuff to share. These are combination plates so get your rice extra and it will feed the whole table.
  • Jacob R.heart icon on user image
    Jacob RosenbergApril 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Old school Cantonese from before Americans knew better. Dumplings, egg rolls, fried rice, and amazing wonton soup are to die for. And from - not a healthy place but worth the trip downstairs.
  • Carly L.
    Carly LevineApril 25, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    AMAZING, worth every $ (and it's redic cheap!). Huge portions. I love the crunchy noodles with duck sauce, pan fried noodles w/ chicken, honey crispy chicken, & broad noodles! But everything is great!
  • Sirus O.heart icon on user image
    Sirus OrndoffMarch 20, 2017
    Great Chinese food order your favorite dish u won't be disappointed. Cash only. Make sure you are heading to the one downstairs from the street/sidewalk.
  • Mark M.
    Mark MinerviniFebruary 24, 2015
    Open til 5 a.m. Steamed dumplings are amazing, pork fried rice, wonton egg drop soup, shrimp w/lobster sauce, are some simple dishes I like but I've never been disappointed in anything I ordered here
  • Jess N.
    Jess NaldoOctober 12, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Regularly awesome NYC late dining/drunk munchies experience. Dumplings, chow fun, and salt & pepper pork are all regular winners. Birthday? They'll bring out pineapple rings, candles and yes, a song!
  • Afi Y.heart icon on user image
    Afi Yellow-DukeJuly 7, 2015
    Head down the basement for a no-frills, delicious experience. Huge portions that are unlike anything else you're used to. It's open late too, so come with the drunchies.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    Located down a narrow red staircase at the end of Mott Street, Wo Hop has served all-hours Cantonese fare since 1938 and is one of the city's great pilgrimage sites for late-night revelers. Read more
    CITY GRITAugust 5, 2014
    Wo Hop can’t hold a candle to our list of spots in Queens. But it’s a favorite late night spot among chefs for noodles and dumplings after a long shift! (Cash only)
  • DJ R.
    DJ RaiZeSeptember 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Wo-Hop upstairs has the best fried dumplings. You can make food combinations up and they will make it for you. Try beef with egg sauce over chinese sausage fried rice or add a fried egg to a dish.
  • Marinaheart icon on user image
    MarinaDecember 10, 2014
    Late night spot. Alway order from the OVER RICE menu. Should only be $7. I always substitute the white rice for fried rice for extra $2. Shrimp with egg sauce over shrimp fried rice. Mmmmm
  • Kenosha W.heart icon on user image
    Kenosha WalkerMay 4, 2014
    This place is really good. You walk under to get in but it's sooooo good! Authentic chinese food and you'll definitely leave happy. Make sure you have a healthy appetite.
  • Katia Z.
    Katia ZDecember 21, 2013
    The best Chinese restaurant in NY. Downstairs Wo Hop! Used to take a cab all the way from Upper Westside just to order those fried dumplings and BBQ spare ribs. ❤️
  • DailyCandy
    DailyCandyDecember 30, 2013
    "You may end up waiting in line, but the subterranean Chinatown hang’s dirt-cheap dishes are worth it. Tips: Take cash, expect gargantuan portion sizes, and leave upscale dining notions at the door."
  • Graphic Agency
    Graphic AgencyMarch 30, 2012
    Best t-shirts. Also great to end a long night on the town with authentic chinese food. Don't worry if the waiters point and laugh at you while you eat. It's (probably) not the food.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsMarch 15, 2013
    One of the few restaurants in Chinatown that's open late, and one of the oldest in the neighborhood to boot. Mostly greasy Americanized fare, but classic nonetheless.
  • Jamesheart icon on user image
    JamesApril 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I've been coming here for 24 years. Always great food, even though the demeanor here is always no smiles. But I'm not here for smiles, and the food is always worth it.
  • Zach M.heart icon on user image
    Zach MinesJanuary 30, 2016
    EVERYTHING. Been hopping to the wo hop since I was born! My mom went into labor with my little brother on our way into Wo Hop! Everytime we are in NY we make sure to go! WO HOP Forever!
  • deenuhfoowadheart icon on user image
    deenuhfoowadJune 1, 2014
    a long wait. avoid dinner times! however, so worth it. the salt and pepper chicken is to die for. the soft shell crab IS THE BEST THING I HAVE EVER TASTED.
  • Tom M.heart icon on user image
    Tom MengJuly 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Great spot to hit up after a long night of drinking. The salt and pepper fried squid with white rice is on point. 👌👌👌
  • Sephaie T.
    Sephaie TsangJanuary 27, 2014
    Always gotta order the seafood in this place, else it's not the better bang for the buck! Escargot, clams, lobster, minced beef with crabs are their specialty! #GenuineChineseDishes
  • Julie S.
    Julie SosciaJanuary 27, 2019
    This place is BYOB! Hole in the wall authentic Chinese. It's perfect for late night and the fried dumplings are really tasty.
  • Sanja D.
    Sanja DelcevOctober 25, 2014
    The downstairs one is almost always crowded, but I think it's worth it. The food is good, and pretty cheap. Plus, they'll give you a bunch of Fortune cookies! :)
  • King W.
    King WJanuary 20, 2012
    Must haves at Wo Hop's, snails,flounder cubes and pickled cabbage with squid. Do you know that Wo Hop's upstairs is the only place that use fresh squid! maybe in the whole of NYC.
  • Jecee M.
    Jecee MedeirosNovember 17, 2013
    If you want the full NY experience, this is it. Located in underground Chinatown Wo Hop won't disappoint withe their egg rolls the size of California burritos and shrimp in lobster sauce.
  • Simon T.
    Simon TschinkelNovember 9, 2013
    This is the institution in Chinatown where people, who really don't care about quality, go to satisfy their late night craving for Chinese food. It's the White Castle of Asian food.
  • Chris S.heart icon on user image
    Chris SealyFebruary 7, 2015
    This spot is amazing. They serve quickly and it's pretty cheap. Parking is a pain in the ass, but , otherwise, it's a great place.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonJanuary 11, 2017
    the sesame chicken is a sort of change of pace from many others', and I think a pleasant one. The place is just fun to be in.
  • Alex L.heart icon on user image
    Alex LivadasJanuary 6, 2023
    Wo Hop is an iconic Chinatown institution that’s been there for years and hasn’t changed a bit. Worth a visit but be prepared to wait.
  • Agustín B.heart icon on user image
    Agustín BorrazásNovember 1, 2016
    The best Chinese food you could ever ask!
  • Bill M.
    Bill MurphySeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    That's right go down the fuckin stairs moron! Who goes upstairs? I'll tell you: Assholes! Closed on Chinese New Year for a few weeks & occasionally around 5am to clean up. Go with friends, share food
  • Kirsten P.
    Kirsten PowerApril 2, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    I recommend their roast duck dishes.
  • Kimmie O.heart icon on user image
    Kimmie OhhAugust 14, 2020
    Wo Hop is a hole in the wall/hidden gem for authentic Chinese food. Portions are huge!
  • Oleg I.
    Oleg IstominFebruary 5, 2012
    in terms of Chinatown-people friendly. Very convenient location for children and to visit with the whole family. Near the Brooklyn Bridge-exotic indeed
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BSeptember 10, 2017
    Pretty standard—wouldn't wait more than 15 min. Tiny place & it gets packed around 7. Dishes under the "spicy" section literally have little to no spice. Plates are large.
  • Dee Phunk
    Dee PhunkJuly 8, 2010
    Perfect late night eatery if you're trying to soak up all the alcohol you consumed in the hours prior. Authentic, greasy Chinese food. Gotta love it. I have a thing for the chicken egg foo young.
  • Gregory Z.
    Gregory ZeigersonMay 21, 2012
    Downstairs is better. If you have a head shot, they'll add it to hundreds already on the wall, some even famous. But the atmosphere is not why you go to Wo Hop. It's the great food & late night hours
  • The Corcoran Group
    The Corcoran GroupAugust 12, 2010
    A NYC tradition since 1938 and always full of characters day or night, we recommend the delicious duck lo mein or anything from the 'oriental specialities' menu
  • Find. Eat. Drink.
    Find. Eat. Drink.December 4, 2011
    Eat classic Cantonese food and leave as the sun rises. Chef King Phojanakong (Kuma Inn, Uni Nom): “Favorite for late night. It’s downstairs on Mott Street.”
  • Fazeela M.heart icon on user image
    Fazeela MohammedDecember 4, 2014
    Perfect meal for 4 under 40$: pork fried rice, fried wontons, roast duck, Singapore chow mei fun. Your welcome.
  • Ryan E.heart icon on user image
    Ryan EickApril 5, 2017
    Had a pretty good pork chow fun. A lot of people are obsessed with Wo Hop, and I gotta say it was quite good, but I wasn't blown away
  • Lindsey F.
    Lindsey FrancesSeptember 26, 2017
    Classic Americanized greasy spoon full of delicious late night grub, It's a place full of characters.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistAugust 1, 2014
    Make sure you get a table downstairs, and be prepared to wait even late into the night; the restaurant is tiny, and its refusal to shut its doors makes it a prime destination for LES night-dwellers. Read more
  • Eddieheart icon on user image
    EddieAugust 20, 2016
    It was a hole before renovations and it's still a hole after. But the food is great and even better after-hours...
  • Jenn A.heart icon on user image
    Jenn AllenJune 5, 2015
    Fried dumplings, pork fried rice, shrimp and broccoli. Pieces are great and family sized portions
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