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China Live, George Chen and Cindy Wong-Chen's 30,000-Square-Foot Food Emporium - 644 Broadway in Chinatown

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I'm sure this will be a smashing success just like Eataly was back in 2010, when Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opened their first store in New York, but a small voice inside me keeps asking "which part of Chinese cuisine has omakase sushi?"

"China Live: A Food Emporium of Epic Proportions in San Francisco's Chinatown" by Jonathan Kauffman on sfchronicle.com

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On 2/23/2017 at 3:19 PM, TrelayneNYC said:

I'm sure this will be a smashing success just like Eataly was back in 2010, when Mario Batali and Joe Bastianich opened their first store in New York, but a small voice inside me keeps asking "which part of Chinese cuisine has omakase sushi?"

Such a cynic, Trelayne. :)

For the historians among us, 644 Broadway previously housed Gold Mountain:

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Dec 31, 2011 - "Disastrous Year End for Chinatown Dim Sum - Gold Mountain Closed, Too" by soupçon on chowhound.com

And for future historians: As of today, China Live has only 454 Twitter followers:

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(Of course, in fifty years, Twitter will probably either be gone, or will be so different that many people won't know what I'm talking about.)

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China Live is supposed to be the San Francisco version of Eataly except it's Chinese, and I have to tell you that Eataly doesn't have anything to worry about.

AT ALL.

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The prices are about what you might expect...

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These were just "ok". Soup dumplings, six for $11.

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Peking duck, a quarter duck portion. The pancakes were actually dough pockets and way too thick. Not memorable, for $14.

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Crispy chicken, served with rice and chile paste. I think we ordered wrong. It was just plain old roast chicken with crispy skin. I could have had that at home. 

I know we can get better in SF - it's just that I had heard so much about this place, and we were sorely disappointed. Oh well...

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21 hours ago, Ericandblueboy said:

Who is this supposed to impress?  Chinese or Americans?

Probably the influx of high spenders who live in the City these days. Those without taste or knowledge aren't limited to only one culture.

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