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“The decor is fabulous and modern -- something somewhat lacking in many other Boystown eateries.”
“Desert was green tea ice cream that was aslo great.”
“Definitely a great spot for a nice evening when you can sit outside and enjoy a bottle of wine (its BYOB, even better!)”
“Very good asian food in lakeview”
“small little place with a good overall menu.”
“perhaps the best place in lakeview for asian food.”
“The prices aren't bad and the service is good.”
“The prices aren't bad and the service is good.”
“Yes, there are long waits here, but it's a great Broadway scene and excellent, reasonably priced food.”
Great Food. I've been going to Ping Pong since they opened, the food is very good. I've never had a bad meal. I recently moved back into town and I have to say that although the place is larger and the decor has changed, the food is still very good and very fresh. There are a lot of bad reviews on here about the service, I've always found the service to be good. Even when I do carry out the staff is friendly so I'm guessing the people who have experienced poor service may have been unruly. I see the owner walking around the area from time, I need to stop him and say good job!
the worst attitude and staff in boystown. I have been going to ping pong since it first opened and only had 4 tables, and I have known the owner for the entire time, there were always little quirky policies and rules about things they would not do at ping pong, nothing important just very silly little stuff like no delivery of the fish tacos under any circumstances (so absolutely stupid) and other such policy, but recently I took a local celebrity Mimi marks to ping pong for her birthday dinner, my boyfriend was on his way and we had 5 of our 6 people at ping pong sitting in the foyer waiting, we ordered a bottle of wine while we waited to be sat, as ping pong will not sit incomplete parties even when there are only 3 other tables sat in the whole place on a wed night. the cold air rushing in the foyer every few minutes made everyone uncomfortable and we wanted to just sit at our table and drink our wine and start ordering, but the host refused to sit us since my boyfriend was not there yet, after a few more pleas to seat us already I told him there would only be 5 of us and sit us immediately, the host reluctantly sat us knowing how stupid he was being, we had our dinner and the birthday cake my boyfriend had stopped to buy was brought out, the staff took it in the back and cut the cake for us and later when we asked for the remainder of the cake to go we could tell by the look on the servers face, and the chocolate in the corner of his mouth that the staff had eaten the rest of the cake, but he made a valiant effort to lie to us by saying they dropped it on the floor during wrapping it up, so whatever, you were hungry, not cool but no big deal, we tipped our waiter way more than he deserved and left. The next time I came in with a few of the same people (we all work in bars and restaurants in boystown) they refused to seat us saying we were banned from dinning there anymore because WE caused so much trouble the last time we were in. its been a few months and i have gotten over ping pong entirely but when I recently got back from my vacation I noticed the place had a fire and was all boarded up, I must admit, I did smile a little and laugh, Karma is a bitch!!! they really need to revamp their staffing and absurd rules!!!! there fish shack across the street is no better wakymono! wouldnt recommend either place to a single other person I come into contact with.
Although Ping Pong has had its ups and downs ...the quality of the food was never an issue until tonight! My partner and I ordered dishes that we have had numerous times. What we ended up being served served was inedible chicken parts that were rolled up into what appeared to be be chicken meatballs. We have always been a fan of what we thought to be a lighter healthier take on asian cuisine......Evidently this has gone out the door.
We saw the owner and decided to approach him since we were very surprised by our bad food and he said he had just got back from China where this was the way these dishes were prepared . No Im sorry ...No money back...
So $48 later we left hungry ...angry... and disappointed that we have lost our favorite chinese food
very very rude manager. The food would be good if they used less sugar. The manager is really rude and mean. Many of my friends have avoided the restaurants because the manager talks to customers in a condescending and insulting manner.
Great food, horrible service.
I've been to Ping Pong three times now with friends, and enjoyed the food every time, but each time the service was awful. The wait staff each time were hanging out in the back chatting, fluffing their hair, and trying to look "cool" in spite of people staring and waving at them from the tables. Each time when we finally got our food, our server disappeared for the rest of the visit. To get additional drinks or items we had to walk up to the bar or host to request them. My suggestion is to dump the "pretty boy/girl trendy 20's" servers and put some friendly attentive people on the floor. I'd rather be served by a competent server than someone that's trying to play "the scene".
That being said, if you can put up with the "bimbo" quotient, the food is excellent and interesting.
Shady business. The restaurant cancelled our order because they siad we were outside their delivery zone. We are clearly in their delivery zone. The manager was rude and hung up on me. Not a place where customer service is a priority. Eat there at own risk.
All show, no go.. They use sugar in the Hot & Sour Soup, Tuna Appetizer, Cucumber Salad! I'm sure of this. It's not tasty at all. Their Pod Thai was mediocre; Bulgogi only so-so. They offer absurd chocolate Fortune Cookies. There is nothing authentic at this place. It's all show, no go.
nothing to get excited about. the food was okay, i can think of other good asian restaurants in chicago. i do not think i will come back.
Tiny, stylish storefront serves up big plates of Asian fusion cuisine..
With its sleek, minimalist decor, pingpong is one of Boys Town's hippest eateries. There's only seating for 50, so it can be hard to maneuver, but once you've settled in, it's cozy and pleasant. Androgynous-chic servers quietly take orders. In warmer months, the sidewalk cafe doubles the space's capacity and makes for great people-watching.
The pan-Asian menu ranges from noodle and rice dishes to maki and satay, with most main courses reasonably priced at under $10. Edamame is addictively salty; crab rangoon with sweet-and-sour sauce is a crunchy-creamy delight. Simple, satisfying entrees include kung pao chicken with peppers, beef with broccoli, and crunchy sesame chicken. Menu items are helpfully labeled as low-fat, vegetarian or spicy, and everything is MSG-free.
Worst Delivery Service.. The food was great, but service and delivery brings a cast upon this restaurant. It took them nearly two hours for them to deliver my food when I was only about four blocks away. I have taken for my friends there to eat and they love the place, but the service is awful. It seems they think high and mighty of themselves losing the definition of providing"customer service". I would not recommend. Just cross the street and go to Joy's Noodle they are as good as Ping Pong.
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