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Jan 12, 2009 10:52 AM

high class Chinese restaurant?

My boss wants to celebrate Chinese new year and wants it in a classy Chinese restaurant (relaxed atmosphere).

Any good restaurants? He also wants amazingly good food too...

Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Shun Lee
    Mr. K's
    Chin Chin
    Shun Lee Palace
    Chinatown Brasserie

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      1. Unfortunately, in Manhattan, high-class (if that's what "classy" means) Chinese and "amazingly good" are contradictions in terms. I'd say Chinatown Brasserie, but it's got too much of a scene or pretentions thereof and isn't what I'd call a "relaxed atmosphere." I'd suggest Szechuan Gourmet, but though it has great food and a relaxed atmosphere, it might not pass the "classiness" threshold (they do have white tablecloths, though).

        1. Tse Yang on 51th b Park and Madison, best chinese in the city.

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          1. re: baldwinwood

            Tse Yang once had a Beverly Hills location in addition to their European restaurants. The local newspaper reviewer in Los Angeles ripped it with a classic description I still remember years later, saying one of its sauces was reminiscent of "runny Nyquil.," which based on personal experience was pretty right on. Unless the New York branch is infinitely better than the Beverly Hills one was, I can't see Tse Yang being recommended. Chinatown Brasserie would be a good choice if you can stand the din.

          2. Chinatown Brasserie would be my bet, too. The food is actually quite good (dim sum, dumplings, peking duck and whole fish) and they mix some decent cocktails. The atmosphere isn't laid back, exactly, but it hasn't been stiff or pretentious in my experience, either. I've never encountered attitude in the wait staff or other patrons. If it's sceney, I've managed to avoid being part of it!

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