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Upscale Chinese Restaurant UES for Birthday Celebration

Stuartmc910 Sep 1, 2013 10:13 AM

My wife dislikes Chinese food. Her husband loves it. Once a year on my birthday she relents and takes me an "upscale" restaurant. Looking for a new one. Not Shun Lee or Chin-Chin, done them. Not Mr. Chow, sounds too...uh.."too."

Mid-upper east side please.


  1. Bob Martinez Sep 2, 2013 08:25 AM

    Land of Plenty would fit the bill. 58th St. near the corner of Third Ave.

    Very good Sichuan served in upscale surroundings. The menu is broad enough so there are many non spicy options for your wife. In fact, she might like it enough so she'll willingly go back more than once a year.

    I went last January and enjoyed my meal very much. We went again in July and had another very good meal.

    Full review and photos here.


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    1. re: Bob Martinez
      coasts Sep 2, 2013 09:52 AM

      i like Land of Plenty - eat there usually once a week during work - but I wouldn't call it upscale and wouldn't think of it as celebratory. it's better looking than many Chinese places, but that's still setting the bar quite low.

      1. re: coasts
        Bob Martinez Sep 2, 2013 11:33 AM

        "I like Land of Plenty - eat there usually once a week during work - but I wouldn't call it upscale and wouldn't think of it as celebratory. "

        I'll keep that in mind the next time you ask for a recommendation for a celebratory place.

        I thought my review, which included pictures of the interior, provided plenty of information for the OP to make up their own mind. People have different definitions of what "celebratory" means. For some it involves $400 meals in luxe surroundings with lots of champagne and waiters who sing "Happy Birthday" in 4 part harmony. For others, it involves terrific food in a pleasant restaurant with marble walls and smooth service. Neither one is wrong - it's a matter of personal preference.

        The OP specifically excluded Shun Lee and Mr. Chow. I took that to mean something.

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      Pookipichu Sep 1, 2013 06:01 PM




      Hakkasan is the best upscale Chinese in NYC right now. With some of the best desserts of any restaurant, Chinese or otherwise.

      1. coasts Sep 1, 2013 01:01 PM

        Hakkasan would be the obvious choice if you're willing to leave the east side.

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        1. re: coasts
          Stuartmc910 Sep 1, 2013 01:37 PM

          Thanks much. Looks great.

        2. scoopG Sep 1, 2013 11:29 AM

          What about the last time you requested Chinese?


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          1. re: scoopG
            Stuartmc910 Sep 1, 2013 12:46 PM

            OK, Detective Arthur. That was for moi. The place didn't have to be "upscale." My wife wants to dine in "nice surroundings."

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