The surreal atmosphere of this awe-inspiring restaurant in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan combines the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of ... More
The surreal atmosphere of this awe-inspiring restaurant in the Meatpacking district of Manhattan combines the serenity of Asia with the flamboyance of 16th century Paris. The menu features fanciful interpretations of Chinese dishes and delights even the most discriminating palates.
I ate here twice: 2 years ago and this past friday night.
I was running late the first time and they made the rest of my party wait by the bar - so they could seat everyone together. My party began with a round of cocktails, and when I arrived there ordered a cocktail too. Our waitress stopped by our table and informed us that they already charged our credit card and need it again to charge the rest of the order - not cool. They should have waited until we were ready to close out our tab. It just caused us a minor headahce.
This past friday I decided to pay cash for my drinks, and then sit at a table to wait for the remainder of my party to arrive. We waited for some time until someone acknowledged our existense to ask us if we have a reservation for the evening. Our reservation was for 10 and we were only seated at 10:30... Not very pleasing since we were hungry by that point already. I found the staff by the bar to be very friendly and helpful with my wine selections, and nobody in my party tried the cocktails. The wine if pretty good.
Both times that I was there they gave us more than enough time to look at the menu. The food did come out fairly quickly though... The waitress was very helpful with the different questions that we asked about the menu and restaurant. She had tried every dish more than twice. Our waiter 2 years ago i believe was friendlier, but with waiters it really is a hit or miss...
I was told the first time i went there not to order the desserts, since they really aren't that good. The group that I was with last friday night wanted to try the desserts - they are NOT all that great... If you're not familiar with the area then it's cool to have the desserts there, but be prepared to be disappionted.
The one dish that I remembered from the menu (the menu hasn't changed in 2 years) is the edamame dumplings. THEY ARE FANTASTIC! I had them again and was very pleased. The sweet and sour dumplings should come with a warning label - CAUTION soy sauce inside dumpling. Be careful when you bite into the dumpling, sauce will splatter and ruin clothing! Someone in my party was wearing a very expensive dress($800)!
The calamari salad was fantastic, for someone who doesn't really like calamari(it's too chewy sometimes).
Ladies, a note on the upstairs bathrooms - the lighting is fairly poor, and the garbage bin is far from the toilet. Try the downstairs bathrooms, they have better positioned garbage bins and the lighting is only a tad brighter. Don't plan on retouching your make up with ample light.
Taking into consideration the friendly and knowledgeable staff, the ruined $800 dress, delicious wine, eatable dessert, and fantastic calamari salad and edamame dumplings, I think that i may revisit this restaurant... in another 2 years.
Hope this helps.
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