My dear Yelplings, If you're ordering from the multiple-page-long menu, you're basically in the wrong place. Ask them nicely for their non-American menu, a far briefer affair, and pick something from there. I recommend the fish hot pot highly. I will say that their house pan fried noodles, found on the American menu, is to die for. I saw the high ratings on Yelp and ordered some takeout from the online menu--which is all Americanized stuff. When I went to the restaurant to pick it up, I saw the amazing things the people around me were eating. And the smell, oh the smell. I've frequented Chinatown in NYC and SF with people in the know, and the smell in Yau's was seriously legit. It was the real deal. So imagine my devastation when I got home and opened the containers of kung pao chicken and general tso's chicken. The dishes were lackluster to say the least: even though these are Americanized dishes, kung pao chicken can be really yummy, as can general tso's. These were not. These were awful. My friends nodded sympathetically when I bewailed my misery. They told me to ask for the Chinese menu. I marched back in the very next day and did exactly that. And, reader, I was in heaven. I devoured the fish hot pot. I devoured the pan fried noodles. And I am going back today again because oh my god I need Yau's in my life, and in my belly. And there you have it. The True Story of the Secret of Yau's. Be wise. Order from the Chinese menu. You're welcome.
Neha B. on Nov 3, 2015