Hard to believe that before Wacky Wok came along, there was no Chinese restaurant in current-day Montrose. Yes, New Moon and Sun Palace are down the street, but the walkable heart and soul of Montrose needed a modern, casual Chinese spot. They've got one in Wacky Wok New York Style Chinese Cuisine.
My first question, and probably yours, was, "What makes it New York style?" The answer came from the host (who quadruple-tasks as phone order-taker, waiter and bus boy): "It's more intense, spicy and flavorful. Not authentic Chinese." After sampling a few items, I generally agree with this assessment. The menu items are generally old favorites, but the preparation is a little more robust, with thicker, stickier sauces, a generous amount of meat and a propensity to spiciness.
Wacky Wok took over the beloved Gail's Bistro space. They wisely kept the vintage brick wall oozing with mortar, highlighting it even more with backlit wooden benches. They closed off the kitchen with a divider, which might have caused claustrophobia if not for the nice, high ceilings. The outdoor tables are pleasant on a warm night. The service gets a B+. It's friendly but uneven. On the plus side, we were offered ice water by a good-natured waiter while we waited for takeout. But on the night we ate in, we had three servers, so I wasn't sure who was taking care of us.