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“Old-style Cantonese food like you remember from childhood”
Review of New Garden

New Garden
Ranked #31 of 66 Restaurants in Needham
Price range: US$1 - US$20
Cuisines: Asian, Chinese
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 138 helpful votes
“Old-style Cantonese food like you remember from childhood”
Reviewed 20 December 2011

New Garden is a small family-run Chinese restaurant right on a main street in Needham, close to the city center. There is a small bar, and tables are close together, so it is a bit noisy. The food is plentiful, hot, and well-prepared. The egg rolls, spare ribs, and pork pot stickers are very good. There are some interesting and non-traditional foods, such as the pepper spiced squid, in a brown bean sauce with julienned red peppers and a few of those little wicked brown Chinese peppers; it was quite good. Our family likes it because the traditional Cantonese foods are unchanged for 50 years, and Uncle Freddie, in particular, likes Chinese food the way it is "supposed to be". Very busy certain nights: reservations suggested.

  • Visited December 2011
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
“Never again”
Reviewed 9 April 2011

This is not authentic Chinese at all. The meal we had was on of the worse that we had at an Asian restaurant for years. Not sure if this was a sports bar or a restaurant. Adding copious amounts to sugar to a sauce does not make for authentic Chinese food. Egg rolls were greasy. Best dish was the brown rice. Enough said.

Visited April 2011
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“Other reviewers have called this the Needham Cheers. true!”
Reviewed 12 March 2011

Standard Chinese fare. Good traditional comfort food of the Chinese variety. Great place to take in a game-TVs everywhere.

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Boston
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“New Garden...a unique Chinese restaurant”
Reviewed 27 February 2011

If you live in, or visit Needham, Ma DO NOT pass up the New Garden Restaurant a.k.a. "Ray's", on Chestnut St just up from Roche Brothers.

Food terrific, the $15.00 lobster cooked any way you like and a blockbuster value, wonderful local bar scene with reasonably priced drinks and, Ray So, the owner, is a local legend...this is a place, like "Cheers", where "everybody knows your name and they're reall glad you came"

Don't miss it!
Clint A

  • Visited February 2011
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“Good food and drinks”
Reviewed 21 March 2010

Good food and drinks

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