I discovered 3 Times, a fast-casual Chinese restaurant, on the Seated reservation app. If you book a table through the app, you can earn rewards like 20% Amazon cash back, which is why I’ve had many meals at The Woo in Soho. You obviously won’t get a table at a top tier restaurant like Don Angie or Lilia, but there are plenty of perfectly fine neighborhood restaurants to choose from. The Chinese food at 3 Times is one of the highlights.
3 Times really exceeded my expectations. They were having some scallion pancake giveaway special that day, and I thought, well this can’t be good. I was expecting overly thick and slightly stale hockey pucks, but these were excellent.
I would also recommend the dan dan noodles. The noodles are on the thicker side, almost spaghetti like in width and texture. They’re also pre-coated in the sauce as opposed to coming served with a chili-oil on the side. But I liked this style a lot.
The soup dumplings were pretty solid for a fast-casual restaurant. The skin wasn’t too thick or gummy, and the broth inside was delicious.
One of my favorite dishes, though, was this pork cutlet and fried rice dish. First of all, fried rice in itself is already a treat, but to have it come with a tonkatsu on the side is even better. I really did like this one. The rewards from this Seated meal that day were so much more than just Amazon credits.
818 Broadway (between 11th and 12th St)
New York, NY 10003