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Chinese restaurant with good ambiance and service?

hi 'hounders! after stalking the board for many years, i finally have a question of my own:

what is an upscale chinese restaurant with good food and nice ambiance? im very happy heading to chinatown to satisfy my cravings, but im having lunch with my family next weekend and i know they wont be too happy about eating at a hole in the wall.

the only options i can come up with are chinatown brasserie and lan sheng. my only concern is that CB looks like it can get pretty expensive- how much do you think dim sum would cost per person, not including drinks, tax, tip?

im leaning towards CB only because i think the restaurant may appeal more to my picky family (no dietary constraints, and they like authentic food but they also want good ambiance and service). also location is not an issue, as long as it's in manhattan and parking is not impossible

what are your thoughts?

thanks in advance for your suggestions!

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    1. re: bigjeff

      ah, not sure how i missed this threat- thanks much!

    2. I'm guessing Chinatown Brasserie would cost 2 to 3 times what you'd pay in Chinatown.

      1. The Grand Sichuan on 7th Ave is sort of upscale (exposed brick walls, plants, table cloths), reasonably priced with very good food. Parking is possible.

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        1. re: bobjbkln

          Good suggestion. Their website has pictures of the interior so the OP can get a feel for the place. http://www.thegrandsichuan.com/?page_... (Scroll down.

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          Good food too.

        2. Chinatown Brasserie is fantastic and their dim sum is worth every penny. The ambiance is upscale and the service is, for the most part, competent. You would probably spend around $30-$40 per a person depending on the size of your appetite.

          Shun Lee Palace and Mr. K's both have excellent service and upscale ambiance. While Shun Lee is still quite good, both have become inconsistent when it comes to food.

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          1. re: Pookipichu

            Chinatown Brasserie is great. Also adding Red Egg: nice ambiance, variety, good drinks and solid eats.

            www.thelunchbelle.com

            1. re: LeahBaila

              I dined there recently, and we really enjoyed it.

              That said, as mentioned above, the check will be a multiple of what you would pay in Chinatown. Ambiance is a significant step up though, and the quality was excellent as well.

          2. shanghai pavillion on 3rd ave @ 78th street fits the bill.