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1034 AMSTERDAM AVE, (W 111th St & Amsterdam Ave)(212) 662-1800
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Served with rice.
Lunch available until 4:00 pm. Served with rice and choice of soup.
Lunch available up to 4:00 pm. Served with rice and choice of soup.
Located in the Upper West side of the city near Columbia University, the Columbia Cottage is aptly named. The restaurant opened a few years ago in a small space to accommodate the local students and faculty of the university, and also the employees of the nearby St. Luke’s Hospital.
The guests and loyal customers (especially those on a college student’s budget) of the Columbia Cottage all enjoy the free red and white wine that is served during dinner to accompany all of the Szechuan delights. Other than the free vino, the restaurant satisfies its guests with their handmade Szechuan dumplings. Whether you take advantage of the drink specials or order delivery online, Columbia Cottage is sure to please.
Mini Pork Juicy Bun
Fish Chowder and Fresh Cliantro Soup
Ginger and Scallion Duck
Shredded Pork with dried bean curd and Chinese celery
Shredded Beef with hot peppers
Steamed Striped Bass with ginger and scallion
Shanghai Bak Choy with shittake mushroom
Shredded Pork and Cabbage sauteed with rice cakes
Fast delivery, great lo mien and the best spare ribs ever! Haven't had anything else yet but this always works for me.
Posted a month ago by Nicole L.
Lots of menu items, but nothing's good.
Posted a month ago by jeanette l.
Has gotten a little too pricey.
Posted a month ago by Michael M.
Fast Delivery... but the food is not very good. The Pork Buns came in the plastic wrap that they were purchased in from the supplier.
Posted 2 months ago by Marc Z.
the chicken didn't taste very fresh.... probably won't order from here again
Posted 4 months ago by alyssa u.
Super speedy delivery!
Posted 5 months ago by Nina O.
great food and quick delivery! I always order my chinese food from Columbia Cottage!
Posted 6 months ago by Helene L.
Posted 6 months ago by Hongshan G.
Posted 6 months ago by katia g.
I love their shrimp dumplings SO MUCH but had to stop ordering because the delivery guy was super creepy and tried to stroke my arm when he handed me the food. Looking at other reviews, I see that this seems to be a bit of a serial problem. It's a shame because they're definitely a great option for fast and cheap Chinese.
Posted a year ago by Pamela V.
The food is good (especially general chings chicken) but this review isn't about the food its about the delivery.
I placed my order and hopped in the shower I came out dripping wet to open the door for the delivery guy. It was 13 minutes after my order was placed and I live 14 blocks and 1.5 avenues away. This is going to be my go to food when I want it delivered fast!
Posted a year ago by Aaron K.
Food is ok. But delivery guy is seriously creepy. Always stares at me inappropriately and last time kept trying to touch my hand when he was talking to me...ewww....never ordering from here again!!!
Posted a year ago by Erin A.
i love the food... I've occasionally had issues with pushy delivery guys
Posted a year ago by Alexa P.
found a giant metal shard in my meal. not what i ordered.
Posted a year ago by susan g.
I was in the mood for mediocre Chinese food, and this managed to fall short of my low expectations. The chicken with 3 nuts was salty, and not flavorful. The delivery was very quick, but I only live a block away. The delivery guy was rude even though I didn't keep him waiting for even one second.
Posted 2 years ago by Raquel T.
Columbia Cottage is OK if you go there, but DO NOT order it to your home. They disregarded our directions, the food was a bland, greasy, salty, not good for the price. Get Cheapie Chinese if you want cheap chinese, and good chinese if you want good chinese. Columbia Cottage is neither, and a waste of a meal.
Posted 2 years ago by David S.
Fabulous? No. But decent, fresh and really quick.
Posted 2 years ago by Lori F.
The General Chings chicken was runny
Posted 2 years ago by Benjamin S.
It was really greasy!! I'd tone it down on the amount of oil and sauce used. It was a ridiculous amount! The bean curd was also too tough too. I personally like really soft bean curd
Posted 2 years ago by Jenn C.
Fast delivery. Less than 20min. Shredded Beef was great. So was hot and sour soup!
Posted 2 years ago by Larry L.
Good fried rice for Americanized Chinese food. It has a delicious taste and is appropriately moist.
Posted 2 years ago by Tyler G.
Reliably run-of-the-mill, but definitely edible.
Posted 2 years ago by Elizabeth L.
will never order columbiacottage again. while i was trying to explain why I didn't answer the phone because my cell phone didn't work with good signals these days, the manager just hanged up my phone. i had been patient and realizing that the delivery guy did not have much patience for waiting, everytime i ordered food and they delivered, i was waiting in the lobby, sometimes for more than 15 minutes so that when the delivery man came i picked up the food without letting him wait. Today is the only day i walked away for less than 10 seconds and the delivery man complained when i walked out to meet him. The security people had explained the situation with my phone to columbiacottage delivery man before. it is not that we never communicated. i was very disppointed by being treated by the restaurant and as their long-term customer. very disappointed and will never order food any more. thanks for food service though.
Posted 2 years ago by Yanli C.
I have been to this restaurant once and ordered delivery twice and all three time the food has been really good. Of course there is some dishes that are better than others, like the green onion/scallion pancakes. Overall, it was a great meal and it said 15-30 mins, it came to my door actually in 30 min. The delivery man was really nice too (I guess just be smile and be nice, it worked for me), hence I don't understand the previous negative reviews. Anyways, I liked the food (I'm also picky about my Chinese food being Asian and all) and highly recommend!
Posted 2 years ago by Daisy Y.
I cannot believe how terrible my food was tonite. I ordered Sesame Chicken and it lacked flavor, it was soggy, wasnt crunchy at all and was bathing in a pool of liquid. I also ordered Beef Fried Rice and and it also lacked flavor and the beef was cut too thick which made it difficult to chew. This was my first time ordering from Columbia Cottage and I will NEVER order from there again!!! I spent way too much money thinking this would be better than the corner chinese spot, but I wouldve preferred eating cheap and greasy instead of soggy, unflavorful and expensive!!!
Posted 3 years ago by Jose R.
Was disappointed with the ten ingredient pan-fried noodles. They were very salty and had a strange taste (maybe MSG?). The delivery was very quick, though (my food came in ten minutes).
Posted 3 years ago by Jennifer S.
My friend and I both got extremely sick after ordering from here. The food had no taste, which just added insult to injury.
Posted 3 years ago by Melissa L.
4/5/2010 I'd just like to update my review as well as increase my rating to 5 stars. Here's why: I've ordered from China Chalet more than a few times since my first order in December, and they have been EXCELLENT every, single, time. I LOVE the consistency! Always arrives in 20 minutes or less!!! Astounding. Plus, the food (if you order the not-made-for-American-taste-buds junk) is always seriously, pretty good! WAAAAAY better than Chinese takeout. There aren't many places outside of Chinatown you can get authentic saut?ed fresh spinach or Chinese green leafy vegetables in fresh garlic Chinese style. So healthy and delicious. Really, its a service to the community that we have this food available to us in Morningside Heights!!! Even though I wouldn't give it five stars for food quality, whatever little they are lacking in standing up to the standards of Chinatown freshness and authenticity, they make up for in service, speed, and consistency.
12/26/2009 Wow, impressed! I ordered a pretty big order ($40 worth) and it was delivered piping hot in 25 minutes. Food packaging: A+. The roast whole duck was YUMMY and for $19.95 I think you get a LOT considering. (In Chinatown they charge maybe $15 for a much better whole duck, but we're not in Chinatown.) Dry sauteed string beans were delicious. Roast pork buns were amazing!!! Wish they were a little cheaper though, $1.95 each seems like a lot, especially if you order more than two. Maybe they should price less if you buy more.
Posted 3 years ago by Christopher G.
We have ordered from here a few times. $8 for an order of broccoli is a little steep but it tastes good. I tried their build your own dish and it was a disaster. Don't recommend it. It was inedible.
Posted 3 years ago by Catriona L.
I ordered vegetarian dishes and received everything with meat, instead -- and didn't realize until after I bit into everything! The restaurant offered nothing more than a re-delivery, not even an apology. Do NOT order from them unless you have no qualms with getting the wrong meal.
Posted 4 years ago by Eve W.
decent, given the poor competition for chinese on the upper west side, better than the options for chinese available up here
Posted 4 years ago by Gideon F.
Greasy, disgusting, didn't finish it. No chopsticks delivered with chinese food? What place does that? The delivery guy was also rude.
Posted 4 years ago by Jean S.
Could have been worse, but ...
-- I ordered 3 items and asked for brown rice with each one. Got all white rice.
-- The "roast" duck tasted like it had been microwaved.
-- Lamb in the lamb dish was skimpy and had little flavor.
Posted 4 years ago by Lori F.
Consistently high quality food.
Posted 4 years ago by Robert A.
even the things that were supposed to be spicy were tasteless. we could barely eat it.
Posted 4 years ago by Kristin H.
Fast, but they didn't include plasticware, chopsticks, or napkins when food was delivered.
Posted 4 years ago by Tammy Y.
Super fast delivery. Excellent selection of dishes.
Posted 4 years ago by Anthony G.
i live two blocks away and the food arrived in 15 minutes! this is the only authentic chinese restaurant in the neighbourhood (at least on seamlessweb). try those under "shanghai delight & szechuan delicacies." it rarely fails me. they are very good at shanghai cuisine, but not szechuan or hunan style. anything from the grill are great too.
Posted 4 years ago by Tianle C.
I just moved to the neighborhood a few months ago and was looking for a decent, inexpensive Chinese restaurant. I read the reviews, and even though they said that the delivery guy was rude, I didn't let that impact my order.
As it turns out though, I should have given it more thought. The guy called me from outside on the street and asked me to come down. When I was waiting for the elevator, HE CALLED AGAIN because he thought i was taking too long. The food is bland and flavorless. I ordered more than I wanted tonight so I could have leftovers, but I don't even want to eat them. The place may be fast and cheap, but so not worth it. I'd rather pay more and get good service and flavorful food. If I wanted to leave my apartment, I wouldn't order DELIVERY.
Posted 4 years ago by Dana H.
It is very cheap, and there are very good lunch and dinner specials. Delivery is very quick, and the food...is decent.
Posted 4 years ago by brian a.
Posted 5 years ago by kwame d.
I'm not very picky, but everything I had off the menu was sub-par. I had the Shanghai dumplings which came soggy in a sesame sauce and not at all spicy. The Pad Thai was not very tasty and also seemed soggy. The Sesame Chicken? You guessed it, soggy.. but so many place serve it this way, I might have forgiven it if everything didn't suck. (Empire on Bway makes it nice and crispy!) There are much better Chinese places in the same delivery zone.
Posted 5 years ago by mari a.
reasonable food at a great price. very quick delivery. a good choice for a budget chinese meal.
Posted 5 years ago by Rami T.
probably the best chinese in the hood
Posted 6 years ago by Derek L.
order from here all the time. cheap, consistent, lots of healthy and vegetarian options. delicious black bean sauce.
Posted 6 years ago by Anne T.
Hot & sour soup was neither; house special chicken was tasteless. Perhaps an anomoly, but I won't waste my money on this one again.
Posted 6 years ago by Gregg S.
The food was ok, but they were fast in delivering the food...The sesame chicken was not so great; I would advise against that selection but I would give it another try
Posted 6 years ago by Danica W.
Food was okay, but the delivery guy was a real jerk. Loudly banged the bag along the stairs as he walked up and actually cursed at me in Chinese as he handed the bag to me. (He assumed I couldn't understand.) He might have been unhappy with my tip, but it was pretty atrocious service.
Posted 6 years ago by Michael H.
Pretty sub-par, even for cheap chinese food
Posted 6 years ago by Mike V.
Food was pretty decent. Fast delivery. Delivery guy was very rude though.
Posted 6 years ago by Heng Hwa C.
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