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high class Chinese restaurant?

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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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            1. What about an Asian Fusion restaurant like China Grill or Buddakhan?

              1. Tse Yang for the top-notch service, the gorgeous, formal (if a bit stuffy) dining room, and absolute best peking duck in the city. Also try the crispy whole fish and the orange beef.
                I am not a big fan of the Shun Lees, or Mr. K, have never been to Chinatown Brasserie.

                1. i've never been to Mr.K's, but i dislike most of the other places mentioned (Shun Lee, Chinatown Brasserie, etc)...and whatever you do, *don't* go to Mr.Chow's!

                  unfortunately classy atmosphere and amazingly good Chinese are difficult to get at the same place...

                  i agree that Szechuan Gourmet is one of the better options that combine the two...somewhere like Ping's in Chinatown could work too (though it might not be upscale enough for your boss)...also, maybe 6 years ago i went to a place called Peking Park (i think), on Park Ave near 40th St --- i went to a banquet there and it was very tasty and an upscale setting...i'd be curious if anyone's been there recently...