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Dec 29, 2006 09:15 PM

Lookin' for a good high end Chinese restaurant in NYC

I could go old school (e.g.Shun Lee Palace) or new school (Chinatown Brasserie). Any thoughts on where to go?

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  1. Wu Liang Ye or Peking Duck House.

    lots of previous posts on each.

    1. I'd definitely recommend both Our Place on 3rd Ave. at 81st or 82nd ( or their midtown branch Our Place Shanghai Tea Garden (

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      1. re: jennsch

        I've never heard of this place. Why do you recommend it? I gather it's Shanghainese. Could you compare it to Shanghainese restaurants in Chinatown?

      2. I actually can't do an Our Place v. Chinatown analysis of it as I don't have enough knowledge of Shanghai cuisine but...I can say that the restaurants are beautiful, always crowded (you should make reservations--drop-ins can often be accomodated but there might be a wait), and the food is truly wonderful. I used to live near the uptown branch and, over 11 years, never had a single meal (both in-house and take-out) that left me wanting. (Oh, if you have a cold or feel one coming on, order the hot and sour soup--it's pure medicine.) And I've been to the midtown branch several times (it has a different menu--check the websites to see which one is more suited to what you're looking for) and it's always a rewarding experience. The one thing I can say in comparison to most Chinatown restaurants and that gets to the heart of your original request for a "high end Chinese restaurant" is that there's an elegance about the two Our Place spots and the service is impeccable. They are truly upscale neighborhood restaurants.

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        1. re: jennsch

          I hear you on the relatively luxe atmosphere, but I don't care about that - only the food. So I hope someone who's been to Our Place and also to some of the Chinatown Shanghainese places will pipe up.

          1. re: Pan

            our place is good for certain things.

            1. 10 ingredients shanghai noodles...really good.
            2. steamed soup dumpling. definitely not as good as chinatown haunts but if you are in the nabe they are perfectly fine.

          1. re: Yaxpac

            What type of Chinese food, what neighborhood, and what are some good dishes there?

            1. re: Pan

              it is on 49th b/w 1st and 2nd. i love their peking duck and their har gow are fantastic

            2. re: Yaxpac

              I always enjoy Chin Chin - I'd suggest making sure you get a table in the front room rather than the back room.

            3. What about Shun Lee? Do people not like this place? I've only gone to the cafe, next door, once for dim sum. Enjoyed it and also enjoyed peeking over into the restaurant next door to see all the people fancied up and eating fancy chinese food. Is it not worth it?

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              1. re: Tal

                My last experience at Shun Lee West was totally underwhelming from a food pov. Decor is nice, food is elaborately presented, service is fine - but the variety of dishes our party of four shared were overly sweet when not totally bland. Good atmosphere, mediocre food.