Hunan Park, a Chinese restaurant on Columbus between 95th and 96th, changed its name to Big Apple Asian Cuisine a few months ago and began to raise its prices. But the transformation didn’t stick — the restaurant is now named Hunan Park again, and it appears that the prices are beginning to slide lower again.
The pepper steak, for instance, was $11 at the original Hunan Park, it rose to $14 at Big Apple, and is now down to $13.
As one Yelp reviewer wrote, Big Apple’s higher prices didn’t seem justified:
“The food was priced higher but the quality was not what I came to expect from them. Hunan was on a slow downward spiral but these guys completed the transition to mediocrity. I will mourn what once was arguably the best Chinese food on the Upper West Side north of 86th Street!”
Hunan Park does not appear to have (re)started out on a great foot: the health department gave it a score of 30 on its most recent inspection:
Violation points: 30
1) Cold food item held above 41º F (smoked fish and reduced oxygen packaged foods above 38 ºF) except during necessary preparation.
2) Appropriately scaled metal stem-type thermometer or thermocouple not provided or used to evaluate temperatures of potentially hazardous foods during cooking, cooling, reheating and holding.
3) Food contact surface not properly washed, rinsed and sanitized after each use and following any activity when contamination may have occurred.
4) Canned food product observed dented and not segregated from other consumable food items.
5) Accurate thermometer not provided in refrigerated or hot holding equipment.
6) Non-food contact surface improperly constructed. Unacceptable material used. Non-food contact surface or equipment improperly maintained and/or not properly sealed, raised, spaced or movable to allow accessibility for cleaning on all sides, above and underneath the unit.
Thanks to Mark for the photo.