Chinese restaurant Joy’s Village attracts students with its homey environment and homemade food

Joy’s Village storefront located near north campus. Credit: Christian Harsa | Asst. Photo Editor

Tucked in the basement of a plaza on the corner of North High Street and Woodruff Avenue is Joy’s Village, a family-owned Chinese restaurant voted best international food near campus by Lantern readers this year.

Joy’s Village has served the Ohio State and Columbus communities since 1986, making it a well-established spot for students to find authentic Chinese cuisine, Ivy Choo, co-owner of Joy’s Village, said. 

Choo’s husband, Jackie, took over from the previous owner 30 years ago and has served authentic Chinese, Cantonese and Hunan cuisine ever since. 

“Everything is made from scratch –– that includes the sauce and other ingredients used in our recipe,” Ivy Choo said. “The recipe is based on a family recipe from Jackie and his brothers.”

Popular menu items include General Tso’s chicken, orange chicken and mapo tofu, Choo said,

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