Last visit November 2008
The Joy Yee's in Chinatown (there are other locations in Evanston and Naperville and at 1335 S. Halsted in Chicago) is located in the Chinatown Square "strip mall" on Archer where you'll find many of the restaurants in Chinatown. They expanded and moved from their smaller location to a different spot in Chinatown Square and now there isn't a wait even on a Sunday afternoon when other places have lines.
Favorite Dish: I've eaten at this Joy Yee's five times, each time the food was very good and the portion size large. One of the things Joy Yee's is known for are their bubble teas, fruit smoothies with black pearls of tapioca. You can even order them from an outside take out window if you don't want to eat. The other thing Joy Yee's is known for is the presentation, entrees come in boat shaped dishes, bamboo chests, carved out pineapple husks.
We always order way more food than we can eat but everything looks so good. The large menu comes with pictures of the dishes so you have a better idea what you are ordering. I've tried Japanese beef dumplings (sort of like pot stickers), pork chop, shrimp and lemon grass chicken over rice, Thai fried calamari, chicken teriyaki hot plate, pork and shrimp with sugar cane, beef teriyaki. On our most recent visit the bill was $38 for the two of us including tax and tip.
This place is great. It has been on a local channel and has gotten rave reviews. I went there a few times the first week I was introduced to this place. You know its a good place to go if there are locals there. The place is small so you feel like you have to hide it from the world. I have only taken my family and a few close friends. Now they all know of this place.
Favorite Dish: My favorite are the smoothies and flavor you can think of they can do. Also my favorite are the shrimp sui-mi appitizers. As for the main dish everything I have had has been great.
Great food at cheap prices! The variety of bubble tea flavors is staggering, but for a good treat, order the taro bubble tea. It's like drinking an oatmeal cookie.