Year of the Takeout: Day 8


Day 8: Shrimp With Chili Sauce from King House (1053 St. Nicholas Avenue, 212-928-9329)

Well. Expectations already hovered on the low side of the spectrum when I decided to get the shrimp with chili sauce from King House — in restaurants with predominately American customers, gravies that get marketed as “spicy” or “chili” typically lack heat.

At $9, the pick feels like a strange stew of sweet and sour sauce and oddly shaped vegetables. Spice does not come into play whatsoever — instead, you have a decent portion of shellfish that gets completely masked by mouthful upon mouthful of chopped onion. Sure, the shrimp taste fresh, but the presence of less than a dozen prawns can hardly justify the price.