When that sweet and salty craving needs to be satisfied, here are the top 5 Chinese restaurants in New York with the best food, ambiance and Chinese charm.
1 Mr. Chow
Walk past the golden double doors, and inside you will find a dining room fit for a king. Don't be surprised if several celebrities and top execs are among the crowd. Adorned with black lacquer, mirrors and dramatic flower arrangements, one would not assume that behind the beauty of this room is a kitchen creating some of the best Chinese food in town. For picky eaters, speak with the friendly and professional staff as there is no menu to order from. For the adventurous and trusty, trust the waiter and chef to fill your plates with some of the most decadent and tasty Chinese you will ever try. Just make sure you ask for the crispy seaweed and chicken satay- the peanut sauce melts in your mouth. As for the main courses, the sea-bass is not to be missed. The excitement of unknown dishes and tastes are worth the experience but expect that the unknown- the bill- will be up there- but well worth it.
324 E. 57th Street (bet. 1st & 2nd Avenues.)
Oh how I love Philippe- a guilty pleasure of mine, amongst many Upper East Siders. After over 20 years of perfecting the menu at Mr. Chow (also on our top 5 list), Philippe Chow moved on to open his own namesake venture, Philippe. With a modern yet deco feel, the red and black decor give this space a sexy and sultry backdrop for dates, friends and celebrities to mingle amongst the restaurant. In fact, on my last visit, P. Diddy and I shared a friendly conversation. And finally, the colorful dishes don't disappoint. Heavy in both flavor and size, plan for a night out at Lavo afterwards to dance off your meal. When dining at Philippe, make sure to try the Peking duck. At $75, the size and presentation are well worth the wait as waiters offer a performance of excellence as they cut the meat tableside in the traditional Chinese fashion.
33 E. 60th St. (bet. Madison & Park Avenues)
3 Mr. K's
Housed in one of midtown's most gorgeous landmark buildings, from the elegant deco exterior to the peach and mauve banquette-lined dining room, the ambiance is just as classy as the guests who dine here. From the chopstick stand to the rice bowls, the restaurant drips in gold. The fine Chinese cuisine hails from the Shanghai, Peking, Hunan, and Szechuan regions, offering you a taste above the rest.
570 Lexington Ave. (at 51st Street)
4 Shun Lee Palace
Without fail, this palace consistently offers New Yorkers some of the best Chinese Cuisine. Best known for their mouth watering Cantonese Wonton Soup and Sea Bass Filet, which is surprisingly, quite light but never lacking flavor. Another favorite? The Rack of Lamb Szechuan-style packs a punch, putting all others to shame.
155 E. 55th St. (bet. Lexington & 3rd Avenues)
5 Chinatown Brasserie
From the same creators of Lever house and Lure Fishbar, this exotic and glamorously decorated palace in Chinese theme offers New Yorkers a variety of Chinese specialties and Chinese-American favorites. This bustling Brasserie is well-known for an impressive selection of dim sum amongst other dishes prepared by Chef Ng who uses unusual and fresh ingredients to wow the senses. After dinner, grab one more drink at their downstairs bar, with impressive sculptures and a real pond, filled with koi and lily pads.
380 Lafayette Street