Year of the Takeout: Day 23


Chicken With Black Bean Sauce from Hot Kitchen (104 Second Avenue, 212-228-3090)

This dish normally costs around five bucks a pint at your run-of-the-mill takeout joint. Hot Kitchen's version costs significantly more. How much would you pay for this?

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Let us know your eyeball estimate below. Winner gets a misfortunate cookie -- something that probably exists on the novelty market, but whatever. Or maybe the winner gets nothing. Who knows? Anyway, let us know what you think this plate might be worth ... we'll tell you our opinion tomorrow.

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No less than $25.


Lunch special - $7Entree - $11


Hey guys!

Thanks for all the comments. While dirty old man certainly won in the humor category (the subtlety of the '69' was really quite excellent, sir), Winston GFX was closest in price. Listed under the American Chinese food section of the menu, the pick costs $11. 

Now, I'm on the fence whether it's worth that much money...

Here's why -- the sauce was a bit thinner and had fewer black beans than one would have liked, and the chicken was overwhelmingly white meat (I didn't detect any dark) and didn't appear to be coated with starch. The lack of fat on the meat and dearth of cornstarch probably fostered the sauce's fluidity, somewhat to its detriment.

However, I will say this: The peppers truly are a welcome bonus -- I don't usually come across them in the takeout versions.  Their presence lends a really great fullness to the dish, making it have the sense of a stew.

So yes, there are pros and cons. And it's a whopping portion. But I don't know...$11 for a chicken stir-fry of sorts?

Would y'all pay that? 

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