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Mar 12, 2012 11:24 AM

Help! Any recs for an upscale Chinese?

Anyone know of an upscale Chinese for a grand birthday celebration for a multi-generational family including 2 young children? I would have picked Shun Lee, Palace or West, but someone in the group "doesn't like it anymore" That person chose Wa jeal but it doesn't look like a celebratory kind of place and the food may be too spicy for little ones.

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  1. I just had dinner at Shun Lee West (not my choice) and can't recommend it.

    Wa Jeal is decent. I can't think of any other traditional Chinese restaurant that would be more "celebratory" in terms of atmosphere and decor. Maybe Chin Chin but I haven't been there in years. Or perhaps Chinatown Brasserie though I didn't think the food was that memorable.

    Chinatown Brasserie
    380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

    Chin Chin
    216 E 49th St, New York, NY 10017

    Shun Lee West
    43 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023

    Wa Jeal
    1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

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    1. Lotus Blue would be special. As far as atmosphere and location and good quality Chinese food Peking Duck House (midtown not Chinatown ) is perfect. I have been to several "events' there. Another suggestion, that definitely warrants mention is Buddakan , in a space that had a $12 million renovation.

      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Peking Duck House
      236 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

      Lotus Blue
      110 Reade St, New York, NY 10013

      1. Perhaps Hakkasan, 311 West 43rd (btw 8th and 9th). the things I can vouch for there is the steamed veggie dim sum and Pipa Duck.

        1. It's a totally throwback, but I loved Mr. K's. You feel like you are in a time warp back to the 80s, but everything I had was great. It's formal fancy - not buddakan fancy. Try and find some pictures.

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          1. re: sweettea05

            sorry not to shoot you down, but the food at Mr. K's is terrible

            I'd go to Hakkasan if you're looking for upscale chinese

            1. re: Lau

              I was taken to Mr. K's by a business client of mine for lunch and I almost took his name off my contact list.

            2. re: sweettea05

              Food at Mr. K's is disgusting!!! I was taken there by my brother and scolded him for not doing research first!!!

            3. If you are really serious about fine dining Chinese cuisine, like those fabulously subtle and delicate dishes with seasonality found in Hong Kong, there is no such thing in New York. That said, the closest place will be Hakkasan. Shun Lee has drastically gone down the hill, but I find Shun Lee East still a bit better than S.L. West.

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