RE: Does anyone remember "Joy Garden"in NYC-Chinatown?
I know I've walked by Joy Garden in NYC's Chinatown...the name is awfully familiar. I may have eaten there too as my family, living in Brooklyn at the time, often went "into the city" to "eat Chinese." The place that does stick in my memory was a Cantonese place (weren't they all in the 50's?) called Lees of Chinatown. On the second floor of a building on the corner of Mott and Pell Streets. Wonderful food--at least I thought so at the time. I recall a big sign inside: Please feel free to inspect our kitchen. Sure don't see that anymore. At the time, people were questionning the cleanliness of Asian restaurants so hence the invite.
More recently, I recall having mind-blowing (I'm dating myself) Chinese meals at Bo Bo, a tiny place on Pell Street. No menu...they suggested what to have. Incredible but, sadly, gone years ago.