|A celebration-in more ways than one. Birthday dinners-at least three on the night we went...including the celebrators at the large corner tables in the 2 public dining areas (excellent for a groups of 8+) ...as are the upstairs/downstairs private rooms of this 3 floor establishment. BONUS-the private dining areas equipped with large screen HDMI tvs +WiFi-great tasty spots to host gatherings-or join in on- watching NFL games...aka---a delicious way to keep tabs on the Fantasy Football teams of you and yours.|
Growing up in an era when eating take-out Chinese food at a friend's house (that had three sets of dishes -one for milk, one for meat, one for Chinese food-just like the joke)...or at 'Cantonese' style in-house locales-with pairings from Column As and Bs...it took awhile for us to experience the wonderful diversity of authentic Chinese cuisines...
AND-it took until this week to find the ideal combinations of delicious Chinese food-Beijing style- from mouth watering selections-from a sophisticated but not overwhelming menu (soups, salads, satays, lettuce wraps, spring rolls, noodles+dumplings. entrées and sides), a posh locale on a Manhattan midtown side street, upscale decor and professional service-paced well...that came together at the established since 2005 Phillipe by Philippe Chow in NYC.
No wonder this approachable luxurious restaurant was full on a Tuesday night---filled with suit and tie attired captains of the industry office workers in close convos, jeans and tee clad kids with their parents, and very noticeable- many trendy casually-properly dressed hip couples...and musician/actor/athlete types....including imo.- regular diners sipping bottled water only, winding down their day=meaning glued to their smartphones.
|where we sat- Skylight Room-formal dining service-crisp white linens, solid china, professional service that knew when to clear dishes at just the right time...(i.e. not hurried). Can be used for a party too.|
|Runway Room -tables of 2-4 and larger corner tables for groups...|
|Chicken Satay-with signature peanut sauce|
AMAZING!!! Some Highlights:
|we started with the just right citrus-y plum & lime juice vinaigrette spinach salad-fresh greens - and properly dressed...our table mate, a Jams veteran- was surprised that a Chinese restaurant would "get this so right!" $12|
|Crispy and light -a substantial entrée of Golden Sea Scallops---fried but delectably so---lightly floured&sautéed, salt and pepper, scallions with sprinkle of dried garlic.|
|rice is in this 'old-school' server (LOVE!!!!), thick linens, classic white china, sold glassware and holloware cutlery...and chopsticks-REAL dining out|
|Dreamy-the Maine Lobster lightly floured, flash fried, ginger, scallions, &black pepper (MP)|
|Mr. Cheng hand-pulled Noodles (with pork or veal sauce)-we could see kids with narrow meal ideas... loving this...$18|
|there is a dedicated Pastry Chef Kostas Paterakis---mouth watering American style choices (Red Velvet Cake, Warm Apple Crumb)...beautifully served|
|for quiet conversation-the front -first floor lounge has intimate seating, barely audible music in the background- and of course...the complete menu....and the legendary Philippe Chow service...at your beckoning|
Take Out & Catering Menu---this being NYC---delivery is of course available but we saw what seemed to be 'regulars' who live in the neighborhood....stop by...on their way home from work. (Convenient!)
Chef Tasting Menu-$85/pp
HOURS: Monday-Saturday=Lunch 12PM-3:30PM, Light Fare=4PM-6PM, Dinner: 6PM-11:30PM
(some pictures-Philippe Chow)