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[REVIEW] Uncle Dai’s, Glen Cove, NY

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 A Very Mee-rry Christmas!

A new Chinese Quest tradition was born this Christmas Eve, as the family Quested, as all good Jews do, to a Chinese Restaurant.  Four Mee’s (unfortunately Gonzi Biao was detained at work — gosh we love his work ethic, but we sure missed his presence!) went to:


Uncle Dai’s

26 School Street

Glen Cove, NY 11542

This restaurant has a very personal memory to one of our Brothers, V. Stoogas, was born and raised in Glen Cove, and 50 years ago he was baptized in to Chinese restaurants at the Chinese restaurant that used to be located here.

Unfortunately he doesn’t remember the name.  Should anyone remember the name of the Chinese restaurant that was at this address 50 years ago, please let us know (Please either add a comment, or email us)!

The rest, they say, is history!

And for the first time we Quested during the daylight, and had lunch.  But, we didn’t order off of the lunch menu.  No.  That would not have been a fair comparison.  When we were seated, there were lunch menu’s on our table (The restaurant as you’ll see below is quite nicely decorated, each table covered in cloth, upon which a bowl of some of the best fried noodles we’ve ever had awaited us… and for which we had at least four refills).  The ambiance was very nice.


Our waitress was very surprised when we asked for the regular menu… and was even further surprised when we asked for chopsticks!  We asked her to recommend an authentic Chinese meal for us.  She said everything was authentic.  We weren’t getting very far very fast here.  When pressed her first recommendation was General Tso’s Chicken.  Ummmm…. No.  So we helped her to help us, and we eventually ordered the following:


From their menu of Szechuan and Shanghinese delights:

      • Subgum Wonton Soup
      • Spare Ribs
      • Hunan Chicken
      • White Garlic Shrimp
      • String Beans with Minced Pork




Everyone was treated to a free glass of white wine (red wine was not free). The wine wasn’t very good. But, free IS FREE.  And whenever I am offered something for free I always say, “I will take two!”.  And we were offered free refills as the meal went on.  Bonus Jew appeal points!!!

The Subgum Wonton soup was packed with wontons, shrimp, pork, chicken, and more.  Not bad.  Not the best.  It was a more filling alternative than just Wonton Soup. Did I mention that the fried noodles were really good?  I used a ton of them with the soup!

The spareribs were some of the best that we’ve ever had.  I loved the sauce,  and they were very meaty, moist, and succulent.  Big thumbs up!

The Hunan Chicken I felt was dry.  The sauce was fine.  The veggies with it were alright, especially the snow peas.

The White Garlic Shrimp was a nice dish.  The shrimps were plump and a good sized.  There was enough for each of us to have two.  The accompanying vegetable was met with mixed reviews.

The string beans I felt were excellent.  I didn’t really care for the minced pork.  But, I ate plenty of beans.

All in all I would say it’s a nice neighborhood Chinese restaurant.   And it was better than some of the more highly recognized by other reviewers Chinese restaurants.   Just check our Rankings page for OUR view of all the restaurants we have reviewed!

Here is our rating of Uncle Dai’s:

UD Ratings


And finally, our Fortune Cookies (oddly V. Stoogas cookie did not include a fortune.  Was it something to do with his long history with this restaurant?):

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Some people dream of worthy accomplishments while others stay awake and do them.

The greatest action is not conforming to the world’s ways.

Humbly submitted for your consumption,

–Mee Magnum (“Chop!  Chop!”)

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  1. The restaurant in that spot in the early 70’s was called Fong’s. I still live in Glen Cove and now Uncle Dai’s is gone. Wild Ginger has taken its place.

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