100 Allen St. (Delancey St.)
New York, NY 10002
Metro: Delancey St (F); Essex St (J)(M)(Z)
Hours: 10:30am-2am daily
Contact: 212-941-1818 /// email@example.com
It’s easy to spot this place with its bright neon lights, and there’s usually a crowd of people waiting to be seated on weekend nights. We went pretty late that day so we were lucky to be seated immediately.
The first room, where I’ve been seated every time I’ve been here, is decorated with a forest theme with leafy branches covering the ceilings. Congee Village is actually pretty large, and when you go past this room, you’ll find yourself in a more traditionally decorated asian restaurant with lots of reds, golds, and brick walls.
A small complimentary bowl of addicting salted and oily fried peanuts to keep my hungry mouth busy as I read the menu.
Cashew Nuts and Shredded Squid with Salted Pepper $8.95
Salt and pepper squid is one of my favorite chinese dishes so I had to order this. Crunchy oily and crisp battered fried squid strips, spicy peppers, onions and cashews which made a really good mix. If you’re not afraid of oil, the salty thin crisp and chewy squid is really good, especially when alternating bites with the soft and sweet cashews. The last time I came here with 5 other friends, the squid disappeared really fast and we spent the rest of the dinner digging through the onions and peppers with our chopsticks, hoping to find one last piece of squid!