In a word, no. The kitchen noises, yelling waitstaff, and constant clatter from dishes coming into contact with hard surfaces made for an uncomfortable experience. There were occasional pockets of relative calm during our visit, but they were dwarfed by the general cacophony. We came for an early bird dinner on a Sunday evening specifically to avoid a crowd. Our timing was right–the place wasn’t packed during our visit, but it was busy. That said, 81.2 decibels for a busy but not full restaurant does not augur well. It was plainly obvious to us that a packed restaurant would be intolerable.
The reason to go to Kings Kitchen isn’t for the decor or the atmosphere, it’s for good food that is reasonably priced. But good food, reasonable prices, and attentive waitstaff could not compensate for the noise. It simply was intolerable.
If you are in Chinatown looking for a nosh and see that Kings Kitchen is empty, you could take a chance and go in for a quick meal. Otherwise, the only safe option is take away.
6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. every day
92 E. Broadway (betw. Eldridge and Pike Streets), New York, NY 10002