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Chinatown Brasserie

Pookipichu Feb 18, 2010 06:47 PM

I celebrated Chinese New Year at Chinatown Brasserie and enjoyed a fantastic New Year feast.

The grilled lamb skewers were full flavored and complemented by spicy peanut curry sauce, really delicious. As was the jumbo prawn with sharp mustard sauce. Chive dumplings were light and crispy.

The barbecue platter was phenomenal and the highlight of the meal. Peking duck was perfectly crisp with lacquered skin and tender, moist meat. The housemade pancakes were expertly made and fresh. The suckling pig had a crust of crackling skin and luscious pork that when sandwiched in the piping hot, pillowy and lightly sweet bao, exceeded the sliders at Momofuku. The honey ribs were sticky, savory and delicious.

Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

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    Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 18, 2010 06:51 PM

    Imperial crispy chicken was moist and fragrant with garlic. Unlike many iterations of this dish, the chicken was lightly salted and understated.

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      Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 18, 2010 06:55 PM

      The steamed branzino with scallions and ginger was even better. The fish was rich and flaky with a hint of citrus peel and the baby bok choy was braised in umami broth.

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        Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 18, 2010 07:03 PM

        For dessert, the chestnut bao was light and lightly sweetened.

        The soft chocolate mochi was the highlight with flaked coconut and macadamia nut nestled inside but the icy green tea ice cream was less than impressive.

        Coconut cake was unmemorable with vanilla ice cream.

        For our last savory dish, we were served oysters with black bean sauce. They had neglected to serve us this appetizer and I realized it when I saw others receiving theirs. The oyster was extremely fresh, plump and full of peppery heat.

        All in all, it was a fantastic meal but marred by being served an appetizer after we had finished our meal. Furthermore, they neglected to serve us the clam soup, something I realized when I returned home. But the restaurant graciously offered to comp us an entree on our next visit.

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          Pookipichu RE: Pookipichu Feb 18, 2010 07:05 PM

          The oysters were beautiful and large, the size of my hand.

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      mr_seabass RE: Pookipichu Feb 19, 2010 04:07 AM

      Love their Peking duck! Their soup dumplings are really good too.

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        LeahBaila RE: mr_seabass Feb 19, 2010 04:19 AM

        Good to see you back on the board, seabass!


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          metfan630 RE: mr_seabass Feb 19, 2010 05:28 AM

          Went here for the first time a few weeks ago. Really enjoyed the soup dumplings and pork buns. Need to try the Peking duck the next time I go.

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            Pookipichu RE: metfan630 Feb 19, 2010 08:14 AM

            Their Peking duck is truly exceptional, one of the best I've ever had. I get Peking duck everywhere it is served as it is my favorite, favorite dish. CB puts the PDH to shame with their fatty gamey bird.

            My top PD birds are Shun Lee, Mr. K's and Chinatown Brasserie. Based on my most recent meals. CB has the edge.

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