Matsugen

★★★☆☆
The failed Franco-Chinois venture of Jean-Georges Vongerichten has morphed into a Japanese noodle temple, proving that the fringes of Chinatown have endless transformative potential. Sorry to say, this isn't the soba found in the old world. Secret tip: you'll find similar fare for a fraction of the price a mere three blocks away.
  • 241 Church St

    New York, NY 10013

    Cross street: at Leonard St.

    Map & Directions
  • 212-925-0202

About Matsugen

Hours
DINNER Tue-Wed: 5:30pm-11:00pm Thu�Sat: 5:30pm-12:00am Sunday: 5:30pm-10:30pm

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This restaurant is great- I tried their cod (melted in my mouth) and soba. The best thing on the menu is sushi/sashimi it is so fresh that it seems to melt in your mouth like butter! SOOOOOO GOOD! I cannot wait to go back there again!!!!!

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★★★★★

This restaurant is great- I tried their cod (melted in my mouth) and soba. The best thing on the menu is sushi/sashimi it is so fresh that it seems to melt in your mouth like butter! SOOOOOO GOOD! I cannot wait to go back there again!!!!!

Pros: great food, great service, romantic

Cons: none

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Matsugen was formerly "66" restaurant, another Jean-Georges attempt at upscale Asian cuisine. I ate here for restaurant week dinner and it was nearly empty - I guess everyone else already knew what I was about to find out. Let me preface this with I've been to Japan and am very familiar with its cuisine, my date is Japanese and lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

I do admit that some of the items were rather good such as the soft tofu appetizer, tempura and the miso cod - but no one goes here for this, its about the soba right? (more about that later) The tuna sushi and seaweed salad were ok, but nothing special. The green tea pudding dessert was also OK but it had more of a liquid consistency closer to a thick soup.

On the other hand the edamame was covered in too much pepper which made it unusual and nearly too spicy to enjoy. The attractive teapot holding the green tea hid a tea bag of questionable quality which produced green colored water with no flavor. At first I thought it had not been steeped long enough, but it did not improve with time. The worst green tea I have ever been served.

My primary issue with the food was with the soba, which is supposed to be the specialty and the main reason for going here. The hot soba with duck was just fair, much better can be had many other places. The cold soba tasted raw enough in the middle that we both thought they made a mistake in preparing it. After sending it back for another bowl which was the same, we pushed it aside and left it uneaten. We asked the waiter, when we could find him later, about this and he said many people like this style. After explaining that we are familiar with soba and Japanese cuisine he conceded that this was more of a Korean style preparation. If I wanted Korean style noodles I would have gone to K-town and not searched out a Japanese Soba restaurant.

Basically, Matsugen failed to deliver soba to justify its claim as an upscale soba specialty restaurant or warrant its prices, and overall its just not that great of a Japanese restaurant. I cannot think of a reason to recommend Matsugen considering the better alternatives at more reasonable prices.

Also, if you dined at "66" the dcor is EXACTLY the same down to the tables, chairs and fish tank, the only thing that changed is the banners above the sushi bar and the menu.

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★★☆☆☆

Matsugen was formerly "66" restaurant, another Jean-Georges attempt at upscale Asian cuisine. I ate here for restaurant week dinner and it was nearly empty - I guess everyone else already knew what I was about to find out. Let me preface this with I've been to Japan and am very familiar with its cuisine, my date is Japanese and lived in Tokyo for 20 years.

I do admit that some of the items were rather good such as the soft tofu appetizer, tempura and the miso cod - but no one goes here for this, its about the soba right? (more about that later) The tuna sushi and seaweed salad were ok, but nothing special. The green tea pudding dessert was also OK but it had more of a liquid consistency closer to a thick soup.

On the other hand the edamame was covered in too much pepper which made it unusual and nearly too spicy to enjoy. The attractive teapot holding the green tea hid a tea bag of questionable quality which produced green colored water with no flavor. At first I thought it had not been steeped long enough, but it did not improve with time. The worst green tea I have ever been served.

My primary issue with the food was with the soba, which is supposed to be the specialty and the main reason for going here. The hot soba with duck was just fair, much better can be had many other places. The cold soba tasted raw enough in the middle that we both thought they made a mistake in preparing it. After sending it back for another bowl which was the same, we pushed it aside and left it uneaten. We asked the waiter, when we could find him later, about this and he said many people like this style. After explaining that we are familiar with soba and Japanese cuisine he conceded that this was more of a Korean style preparation. If I wanted Korean style noodles I would have gone to K-town and not searched out a Japanese Soba restaurant.

Basically, Matsugen failed to deliver soba to justify its claim as an upscale soba specialty restaurant or warrant its prices, and overall its just not that great of a Japanese restaurant. I cannot think of a reason to recommend Matsugen considering the better alternatives at more reasonable prices.

Also, if you dined at "66" the dcor is EXACTLY the same down to the tables, chairs and fish tank, the only thing that changed is the banners above the sushi bar and the menu.

Pros: Close to the Franklin Street Subway

Cons: Bad Soba - Overpriced, inauthentic food

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the service was awful: despite a computerized system, the host failed to register that we arrived until we had to remind them after 30 min; our sake flights took at least 30 min to arrive; another couple also had problems with their orders (e.g. soup didn't arrive, etc).... the soba is good but not great. there are excellent small japanese restaurants specializing in soba around st. marks square for the same price range, with service 10x better. on a positive note, we did receive a complimentary dessert b/c of complaints about the service and miscommunication between wait staff/kitchen/bar. but the service just left a bitter after taste

1
★★☆☆☆

the service was awful: despite a computerized system, the host failed to register that we arrived until we had to remind them after 30 min; our sake flights took at least 30 min to arrive; another couple also had problems with their orders (e.g. soup didn't arrive, etc).... the soba is good but not great. there are excellent small japanese restaurants specializing in soba around st. marks square for the same price range, with service 10x better. on a positive note, we did receive a complimentary dessert b/c of complaints about the service and miscommunication between wait staff/kitchen/bar. but the service just left a bitter after taste

Pros: cool atmosphere if you like the generic, minimalist design that most restaurants like to copy

Cons: service, food is sub-par or average considering the price

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If you are looking for tasty Authentic Japanese food, this is exactly the place to be. Jean-George created a fabulous Japanese restaurant in the former 66 house. The food was amazing, The service was incredible. It is worth every penny.

Recommended dishes:

Shrimp Cake App.
Waygu Beef Grill
Duck Hot Soba

2
★★★★★

If you are looking for tasty Authentic Japanese food, this is exactly the place to be. Jean-George created a fabulous Japanese restaurant in the former 66 house. The food was amazing, The service was incredible. It is worth every penny.

Recommended dishes:

Shrimp Cake App.
Waygu Beef Grill
Duck Hot Soba

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Do not miss this wonderful restaurant with very a very unusual and outstanding array of flavors! The ambiance is sensational, and the service couldn't have been better. DO NOT MISS THIS RESTAURANT WHILE IN NEW YORK!

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★★★★★

Do not miss this wonderful restaurant with very a very unusual and outstanding array of flavors! The ambiance is sensational, and the service couldn't have been better. DO NOT MISS THIS RESTAURANT WHILE IN NEW YORK!

Pros: THE BEST OF EVERYTHING!!

Cons: NONE

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Nice restaurant, I liked the decor a lot. I know its a special menu but it could use a little bit more variety I felt, or have some daily specials. The service was great, however just the hostess and the server. The food runner or expediter person was pretty rude to my friend and it was his birthday so that was a little bit of a damper. I got the Peking Duck and it was good, not amazing or very different but good. The Mojitos are recommended, and my friends enjoyed the Shrimp Dumplings a lot too.

2
★★★★☆

Nice restaurant, I liked the decor a lot. I know its a special menu but it could use a little bit more variety I felt, or have some daily specials. The service was great, however just the hostess and the server. The food runner or expediter person was pretty rude to my friend and it was his birthday so that was a little bit of a damper. I got the Peking Duck and it was good, not amazing or very different but good. The Mojitos are recommended, and my friends enjoyed the Shrimp Dumplings a lot too.

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This place is great, surely among my 66 all time favorites. Jean Georges has truly outdone himself on this one: the drinks are masterful and the entrees tickle the pallet.

2
★★★★★

This place is great, surely among my 66 all time favorites. Jean Georges has truly outdone himself on this one: the drinks are masterful and the entrees tickle the pallet.

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Was very surprized to see so many bad reviews...
In my opinion every restaurant has food that certain people will LOVE or HATE. I was lucky LOVER :) don't hate people, I had those AMAZING GINGER MARGARITAS, absolutely awesome two flavored shrimp (I don't know what they put in it, but you don't want the flavor to leave your mouth!!!). Server was very nice, even though I have to admit that she was dissappearing for quite a while from time to time. The atmosphere was very calm, quite and nice, we were sat in front of aquaruim, and you can see kitchen staff cooking your meal behind the glass :)
I was too full for desert (we've had 4 appetizers and 2 entrees for two), but deffinately next time!!!

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★★★★★

Was very surprized to see so many bad reviews...
In my opinion every restaurant has food that certain people will LOVE or HATE. I was lucky LOVER :) don't hate people, I had those AMAZING GINGER MARGARITAS, absolutely awesome two flavored shrimp (I don't know what they put in it, but you don't want the flavor to leave your mouth!!!). Server was very nice, even though I have to admit that she was dissappearing for quite a while from time to time. The atmosphere was very calm, quite and nice, we were sat in front of aquaruim, and you can see kitchen staff cooking your meal behind the glass :)
I was too full for desert (we've had 4 appetizers and 2 entrees for two), but deffinately next time!!!

Pros: GINGER MARGARITAS (I'm not an alcholic!)

Cons: slow service

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Quite possibly one of the most overhyped restaurants I have ever been to. The decor is OK in some places but it depends largely on where you sit, overall it is not that great and people in search of ambiance could easily find much nicer or more trendy places.

The food is on par with the WORST take out chinese I have had from a shopping mall food court. Combine that with the price of being about 3x more expensive than the exception Chinese food that is a few blocks over and I have no idea why anyone would go to 66. I would have sent back every course I ordered to the kitchen if I could find the waiter, which brings me to the service.

The service is largely absent, except to drop the food on the table and then disappear again for 30 minutes at a time. My food jumped off the plate because it was dropped so hard on the table, which in retrospect, I wish it jumped off the plate and onto the floor so I didn't have to eat it.

Overall, obviously I would say to avoid 66 at all costs, unless you want some of the worst food and service you can get so you can feel better about going to McDonald's. Maybe the drinks are good? I would have tried them if I could find my waiter but glad that I didn't waste any more money here.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Quite possibly one of the most overhyped restaurants I have ever been to. The decor is OK in some places but it depends largely on where you sit, overall it is not that great and people in search of ambiance could easily find much nicer or more trendy places.

The food is on par with the WORST take out chinese I have had from a shopping mall food court. Combine that with the price of being about 3x more expensive than the exception Chinese food that is a few blocks over and I have no idea why anyone would go to 66. I would have sent back every course I ordered to the kitchen if I could find the waiter, which brings me to the service.

The service is largely absent, except to drop the food on the table and then disappear again for 30 minutes at a time. My food jumped off the plate because it was dropped so hard on the table, which in retrospect, I wish it jumped off the plate and onto the floor so I didn't have to eat it.

Overall, obviously I would say to avoid 66 at all costs, unless you want some of the worst food and service you can get so you can feel better about going to McDonald's. Maybe the drinks are good? I would have tried them if I could find my waiter but glad that I didn't waste any more money here.

Pros: Close enough to leave and walk to China Town for good food

Cons: Disgusting food, offensive service, overhyped decor

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While I love Jean Georges other restaurants, I was not that impressed with 66. We made reservations for a late Friday night and ended up waiting about 40 minutes for a table which wasn't too bad. However, the table was in a bad area and we could barely hear ourselves so we asked to move to the huge commune-style table. We were the only ones there besides a group of guys all the way at the other end which was great. I had wanted to go mostly for their pork buns which I'd heard from a friend were great, but they aren't even on the menu anymore. The food we did order wasn't anything special but at least cheaply priced. With two drinks each, a few appetizers, a meal each (for 2) and dessert, we ended up spending about $140 after tip. Not bad, but not highly recommended either.

1
★★★☆☆

While I love Jean Georges other restaurants, I was not that impressed with 66. We made reservations for a late Friday night and ended up waiting about 40 minutes for a table which wasn't too bad. However, the table was in a bad area and we could barely hear ourselves so we asked to move to the huge commune-style table. We were the only ones there besides a group of guys all the way at the other end which was great. I had wanted to go mostly for their pork buns which I'd heard from a friend were great, but they aren't even on the menu anymore. The food we did order wasn't anything special but at least cheaply priced. With two drinks each, a few appetizers, a meal each (for 2) and dessert, we ended up spending about $140 after tip. Not bad, but not highly recommended either.

Pros: food, drinks, service

Cons: no pork buns, long wait

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I was at 66 and was very impressed. I went with group of friends and had a lot of fun with the family style meals. We all ended up staying until almost closing time drinking in the lounge. The atmosphere was very chic, and the food was delicious. I liked the food so much I've now started ordering from their takeout menu for lunch.

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★★★★★

I was at 66 and was very impressed. I went with group of friends and had a lot of fun with the family style meals. We all ended up staying until almost closing time drinking in the lounge. The atmosphere was very chic, and the food was delicious. I liked the food so much I've now started ordering from their takeout menu for lunch.

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I went to 66 the other night with a group of my friends for my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully designed ambience and delicious food. There's nothing else like this in NY. I really enjoyed the family-style presentation of the food. The food tasted super fresh. I still felt like I was eating traditional Chinese food only elevated in quality. It's so nice to have this Chinese experience in a chic, sophisticated beautiful environment. Some friends of mine who live in the neighborhood say it's the best Chinese food they've ever had!

2
★★★★★

I went to 66 the other night with a group of my friends for my birthday. I was pleasantly surprised by the beautifully designed ambience and delicious food. There's nothing else like this in NY. I really enjoyed the family-style presentation of the food. The food tasted super fresh. I still felt like I was eating traditional Chinese food only elevated in quality. It's so nice to have this Chinese experience in a chic, sophisticated beautiful environment. Some friends of mine who live in the neighborhood say it's the best Chinese food they've ever had!

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

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Mistake was going to this restaurant based on reviews for Valetines Day. Overpriced chinese food where you can go 5 blocks, get less salty food, and pay 3/4 of the price charged. Asked for recommendations, waitress said read everything on the menu which already wasn't to unique. The only thing nice was the Decor but didn't go there to pay for scenery. Utterly, dissatisfied.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Mistake was going to this restaurant based on reviews for Valetines Day. Overpriced chinese food where you can go 5 blocks, get less salty food, and pay 3/4 of the price charged. Asked for recommendations, waitress said read everything on the menu which already wasn't to unique. The only thing nice was the Decor but didn't go there to pay for scenery. Utterly, dissatisfied.

Pros: decor

Cons: overpriced, bad service, salty food

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Great atmosphere, impeccable service, a very different concept in a city where everybody else follows the leader. Yumcha and Kittichai don't shake a stick at Jean Georges Vongerichten. Clean, dynamic, and refreshing inspired dishes made my dinner a memorable one. Service was always around but never in the way. I can't order Chinese take-out the same way ever again. p.s., check out the long table!!

2
★★★★★

Great atmosphere, impeccable service, a very different concept in a city where everybody else follows the leader. Yumcha and Kittichai don't shake a stick at Jean Georges Vongerichten. Clean, dynamic, and refreshing inspired dishes made my dinner a memorable one. Service was always around but never in the way. I can't order Chinese take-out the same way ever again. p.s., check out the long table!!

Pros: sleek and modern, dark and seductive, FISH TANKS

Cons: gets too busy

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I took a date here during restaraunt week, and I was totally disappointed. The entrees tasted like microwaveable meals, the appetizers were ordinary, the sauces seemed like they came from a bottle, and the dessert was worse than packaged food. Overall I think it was a huge rip off, less enjoyable than the local take out joint down the street and four times as expensive.

1
★★☆☆☆

I took a date here during restaraunt week, and I was totally disappointed. The entrees tasted like microwaveable meals, the appetizers were ordinary, the sauces seemed like they came from a bottle, and the dessert was worse than packaged food. Overall I think it was a huge rip off, less enjoyable than the local take out joint down the street and four times as expensive.

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I went to 66 with a group of 8 people on Saturday night. The service had to be one of the worst I have experienced in the city. In addition to one waiter spilling an entree onto one person's back, we received more than one incorrect dish and waited an eternity for sub par food. To complete the experience, after 2+ hours and our plates cleared, we suddenly received one of the missing appetizers we ordered - as we were getting ready to pay the check! The food was overpriced and the service was atrocious. I will not return.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I went to 66 with a group of 8 people on Saturday night. The service had to be one of the worst I have experienced in the city. In addition to one waiter spilling an entree onto one person's back, we received more than one incorrect dish and waited an eternity for sub par food. To complete the experience, after 2+ hours and our plates cleared, we suddenly received one of the missing appetizers we ordered - as we were getting ready to pay the check! The food was overpriced and the service was atrocious. I will not return.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Terrible Service, Unimpressive food, Small portions

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What a great dining experience! I have been to several Jean Georges restaurants many times. Each time has been a delight and with 66 there is no exception. I love the disign, very hip. I went there with 2 friends, we dicided to share dishes so we could taste many of them. we were in haven from appetizers, my favorite was the tuna tartare, to the dim sum,the best was shrimp and foie gras dumpling, and i could go on and on, everything was an explosion of flavors. The service was exceptional, everybody was nice, friendly and professional.(very refreshing in the city!). My only regret is that I didn't go there before, but i'll be back soon.

2
★★★★★

What a great dining experience! I have been to several Jean Georges restaurants many times. Each time has been a delight and with 66 there is no exception. I love the disign, very hip. I went there with 2 friends, we dicided to share dishes so we could taste many of them. we were in haven from appetizers, my favorite was the tuna tartare, to the dim sum,the best was shrimp and foie gras dumpling, and i could go on and on, everything was an explosion of flavors. The service was exceptional, everybody was nice, friendly and professional.(very refreshing in the city!). My only regret is that I didn't go there before, but i'll be back soon.

Pros: service, food, decor

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I would have expected much better food from a Jean-Georges establishment. The decor is nice but the horrible, snooty service and the bland food made the entire experience a waste of time. Our waiter didn't know anything about the food and couldn't care less about providing good service. On our way out, we complained to the maitre d about the food and even she agreed that there are much better places that we can go to for delicious chinese food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I would have expected much better food from a Jean-Georges establishment. The decor is nice but the horrible, snooty service and the bland food made the entire experience a waste of time. Our waiter didn't know anything about the food and couldn't care less about providing good service. On our way out, we complained to the maitre d about the food and even she agreed that there are much better places that we can go to for delicious chinese food.

Pros: decor

Cons: service, food, price

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66 gets a really bad rap (too expensive for Chinese, poor service, etc), but I've dined there 6 times in 2 years and I've always been impressed by the food. This week I tried a chilled honeydew melon soup with peekytoe crab that knocked my socks off. People should understand that this isn't take-out style Chinese. It's not moo-shoo or chow mein or greasy noodles. It's an upscale American version of Chinese, simple and delightful. I dare you to find a better, lighter egg roll, or more flavorful, spirit-lifting hot and sour soup. Go in with no prejudices and you will love it.

2
★★★★☆

66 gets a really bad rap (too expensive for Chinese, poor service, etc), but I've dined there 6 times in 2 years and I've always been impressed by the food. This week I tried a chilled honeydew melon soup with peekytoe crab that knocked my socks off. People should understand that this isn't take-out style Chinese. It's not moo-shoo or chow mein or greasy noodles. It's an upscale American version of Chinese, simple and delightful. I dare you to find a better, lighter egg roll, or more flavorful, spirit-lifting hot and sour soup. Go in with no prejudices and you will love it.

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I wish I had heeded warnings before I decided to go. I took clients there for lunch and we were only the 3rd party there; the place was empty. Our waiter should have really been a bus-boy, because he lacked any interpersonal skills and was extremely aloof. He indicated that the courses were meant to be served "family style" but he failed to mention that he meant a "family" of ants because we had to order 2 of everything in order to satiate our appetites. I did not find the food impressive in any way, shape or form. Was it even Chinese food? It was dubbed "Improvisational" Chinese but with some dishes, even THAT is a bit of a stretch. Jean-Georges really bombed with this one....Don't waste your dollars here. There are far better places to eat.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I wish I had heeded warnings before I decided to go. I took clients there for lunch and we were only the 3rd party there; the place was empty. Our waiter should have really been a bus-boy, because he lacked any interpersonal skills and was extremely aloof. He indicated that the courses were meant to be served "family style" but he failed to mention that he meant a "family" of ants because we had to order 2 of everything in order to satiate our appetites. I did not find the food impressive in any way, shape or form. Was it even Chinese food? It was dubbed "Improvisational" Chinese but with some dishes, even THAT is a bit of a stretch. Jean-Georges really bombed with this one....Don't waste your dollars here. There are far better places to eat.

Pros: None, None, None

Cons: Marginal Food, Bad Service, Overpriced

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66 was a huge disappointment for me and my family who went there. The food and drinks were good and even better then average but the service was horrible. When we finally had to see the manager because I had lemon juice spilled on me from the waiter- she even took over 10 minutes to come to the table. The situation was verified by taking 3 dishes that were over an hour late off the bill and free desserts and coffee but the experience left most of us never wanting to go to the supposed hip cool 66 ever again.

1
★★☆☆☆

66 was a huge disappointment for me and my family who went there. The food and drinks were good and even better then average but the service was horrible. When we finally had to see the manager because I had lemon juice spilled on me from the waiter- she even took over 10 minutes to come to the table. The situation was verified by taking 3 dishes that were over an hour late off the bill and free desserts and coffee but the experience left most of us never wanting to go to the supposed hip cool 66 ever again.

Pros: atmosphere, hip, good drinks

Cons: bad service, crowded, long wait

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I went to 66 with a large group of friends for lunch - we had a blast. The food was all top notch and fun for sharing - we ordered several plates to share. The pork belly stood out as the favorite, but the sesame noodles, dumplings and others were all good too. The cocktails were particularly good, esp. the "Marja" rita, and the sakes were particularly good, can't wait to buy some of that "Dreamy Cloud" for entertaining at home.

The decor was modern, sleek and cool, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. 66 is more expensive than Chinatown, but the food is high quality and has that Jean Georges touch, so we all agreed that the experience was worth it.

2
★★★★★

I went to 66 with a large group of friends for lunch - we had a blast. The food was all top notch and fun for sharing - we ordered several plates to share. The pork belly stood out as the favorite, but the sesame noodles, dumplings and others were all good too. The cocktails were particularly good, esp. the "Marja" rita, and the sakes were particularly good, can't wait to buy some of that "Dreamy Cloud" for entertaining at home.

The decor was modern, sleek and cool, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. 66 is more expensive than Chinatown, but the food is high quality and has that Jean Georges touch, so we all agreed that the experience was worth it.

Pros: good food, coctails and sake, cool decor

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I went to 66 with a group of friends for a birthday dinner. The wait staff was rude and didn't know much about the food. In fact, our waiter mis-pronounced many of the items on the menu. The food turned out less than mediocre for most part, some of the dishes almost unedible. The decor was great with the sleek designs but the ambiance was pretentious. You had all the bridge and tunnel people pretending to be important and hip. The communal table and the stools were too high and uncomfortable.

To top everything off, the waiter informed me that he would have to charge $5 per person for serving the cake that I had brought. With nine people in the party that would've been $45.

I recommend everyone to walk down a few blocks for real Chinese food that 10 times better and 10 times cheaper. Skip this place!

1
★★☆☆☆

I went to 66 with a group of friends for a birthday dinner. The wait staff was rude and didn't know much about the food. In fact, our waiter mis-pronounced many of the items on the menu. The food turned out less than mediocre for most part, some of the dishes almost unedible. The decor was great with the sleek designs but the ambiance was pretentious. You had all the bridge and tunnel people pretending to be important and hip. The communal table and the stools were too high and uncomfortable.

To top everything off, the waiter informed me that he would have to charge $5 per person for serving the cake that I had brought. With nine people in the party that would've been $45.

I recommend everyone to walk down a few blocks for real Chinese food that 10 times better and 10 times cheaper. Skip this place!

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Cool decor and a beautiful fish tank, but the food fell short. It was the quality of an average chinese place, with more exotic ingredients. We ordered the tasting menu expecting an experience like the omakase at Nobu -- that is, a parade of tasty, small dishes. Instead, they just crammed multiple nearly full-size portions all at once onto the table. Not a very appetizing presentation, and nothing really stood out as really unique or delicious. Truth is, I wish we had gone to New York Noodle Town in Chinatown for some really delicious food at a third the price. The dessert was good.

1
★★☆☆☆

Cool decor and a beautiful fish tank, but the food fell short. It was the quality of an average chinese place, with more exotic ingredients. We ordered the tasting menu expecting an experience like the omakase at Nobu -- that is, a parade of tasty, small dishes. Instead, they just crammed multiple nearly full-size portions all at once onto the table. Not a very appetizing presentation, and nothing really stood out as really unique or delicious. Truth is, I wish we had gone to New York Noodle Town in Chinatown for some really delicious food at a third the price. The dessert was good.

Pros: Decor, Fish tank, Dessert

Cons: , Presentation, Cost

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The food was excellent. The dim sum were comparable to those in Chinatown. Appetizers came out just right. The main entrees are family style and are just delightful. Desserts were awesome too. Recommended dishes: Appetizer: crispy squid, Entree: salmon, Dessert: Chocolate souffle, Strawberry ice cream

2
★★★★★

The food was excellent. The dim sum were comparable to those in Chinatown. Appetizers came out just right. The main entrees are family style and are just delightful. Desserts were awesome too. Recommended dishes: Appetizer: crispy squid, Entree: salmon, Dessert: Chocolate souffle, Strawberry ice cream

Pros: great service, good for groups

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The portions were so tiny we needed to get pizza afterwards! We were a party of 6, 4 of us ordered the same fish dish, it came out on one plate with four tiny pieces of fish and 1 plate of snap peas for the whole table. We saw tables of 2 around us getting the same amount of food. We asked the waiter why a party of 2 would get the same amount of food as a party of 6, response "yes I know it seems strange but that's just how the kitchen does things, if you were a party of 3 you would have still get the same amount". Service was OK, though the waiter was void of a personality. Then they charged a mandatory 20% gratuity, I know its not the waiters fault that the chef thinks grown adults should eat like birds, but it was insulting.

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★☆☆☆☆

The portions were so tiny we needed to get pizza afterwards! We were a party of 6, 4 of us ordered the same fish dish, it came out on one plate with four tiny pieces of fish and 1 plate of snap peas for the whole table. We saw tables of 2 around us getting the same amount of food. We asked the waiter why a party of 2 would get the same amount of food as a party of 6, response "yes I know it seems strange but that's just how the kitchen does things, if you were a party of 3 you would have still get the same amount". Service was OK, though the waiter was void of a personality. Then they charged a mandatory 20% gratuity, I know its not the waiters fault that the chef thinks grown adults should eat like birds, but it was insulting.

Pros: good for dieters

Cons: , bland waitstaff

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Great place to get together for drinks, but if you are planning on staying for dinner, be prepared to drop some $$$'s for average food. Wait staff were very friendly and helpful though.

1
★★★☆☆

Great place to get together for drinks, but if you are planning on staying for dinner, be prepared to drop some $$$'s for average food. Wait staff were very friendly and helpful though.

Pros: not much

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Excellent food and ambience. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner with an excellent ambience .
Too long food descriptions

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★★★★★

Excellent food and ambience. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner with an excellent ambience .
Too long food descriptions

Pros: Food, PRice, Ambience

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The food was great, but the service was rude and pompous. I was in the middle of a business meeting when my party was asked to move to the louge. It was a Monday at 7:30...it was not busy at all and we were asked to move!?!? Also, I paid $10 for chocolate cake that was dry and hardly tasted like chocolate. The rest of the meal was good, but a little over priced for Chinese take out style food.

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★★★☆☆

The food was great, but the service was rude and pompous. I was in the middle of a business meeting when my party was asked to move to the louge. It was a Monday at 7:30...it was not busy at all and we were asked to move!?!? Also, I paid $10 for chocolate cake that was dry and hardly tasted like chocolate. The rest of the meal was good, but a little over priced for Chinese take out style food.

Pros: Style, Good Drinks, Decent Food

Cons: , Rude Staff

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Although the design at 66 is great, the attitude makes it a terrible place to be. The food is ok, but overpriced, and the nasty hostess makes it not worth your while. I called to try to make reservations for a group and she was curt, inflexible and inevitably hung up on me, saying she couldn't accommodate us, even though it was over a month in advance and she admitted she had the date free. Who needs that kind of attitude for overpriced, mediocre food? Don't waste your time.

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★★☆☆☆

Although the design at 66 is great, the attitude makes it a terrible place to be. The food is ok, but overpriced, and the nasty hostess makes it not worth your while. I called to try to make reservations for a group and she was curt, inflexible and inevitably hung up on me, saying she couldn't accommodate us, even though it was over a month in advance and she admitted she had the date free. Who needs that kind of attitude for overpriced, mediocre food? Don't waste your time.

Pros: Ambiance

Cons: , Terrible for groups

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Did have the pleasure of the communal table which was met with very attentive service. While probably not the most comfortable for a date, not a bad group last minute gig, if you can get a seat. Food was hit or miss delicious...but absolutely not worth the price...you are paying for the job they did on making this place look incredible. Get the mojitos, by far the best thing on the menu...if only the food could match up.

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★★★★☆

Did have the pleasure of the communal table which was met with very attentive service. While probably not the most comfortable for a date, not a bad group last minute gig, if you can get a seat. Food was hit or miss delicious...but absolutely not worth the price...you are paying for the job they did on making this place look incredible. Get the mojitos, by far the best thing on the menu...if only the food could match up.

Pros: Mojitos, Food, Decor

Cons: , Tough to get a seat

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66 is awful in the way that so many trendy restaurants are awful. Snotty-hipster front staff (is there anything worse?) who seemed honestly offended that we asked why our table was 45 minutes late; a cold cafeteria room that was clearly designed to intimidate; and "haute chinese" food that was over-salted to make up for the lack of flavor. One could do better ordering in from Yips. So bad, this place, that I would think that JGV would want his waiters to stop telling everyone that he lives upstairs.

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★☆☆☆☆

66 is awful in the way that so many trendy restaurants are awful. Snotty-hipster front staff (is there anything worse?) who seemed honestly offended that we asked why our table was 45 minutes late; a cold cafeteria room that was clearly designed to intimidate; and "haute chinese" food that was over-salted to make up for the lack of flavor. One could do better ordering in from Yips. So bad, this place, that I would think that JGV would want his waiters to stop telling everyone that he lives upstairs.

Pros: None come to mind

Cons: Bad food, Bad room, Bad time

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We had a 9pm reservation on Saturday, Jan 17th... waited for our table until 10:30, and decided to leave as several parties around us had been waiting for their reservations which were even earlier than ours, and all the maitre 'd could say was that people weren't leaving their tables... they clearly overbooked the hell out of the restaurant the proceeded to ruin several parties nights in the process... to boot, the free appetizers they brought over after we waited an hour, were no better than PF Chang's...

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★☆☆☆☆

We had a 9pm reservation on Saturday, Jan 17th... waited for our table until 10:30, and decided to leave as several parties around us had been waiting for their reservations which were even earlier than ours, and all the maitre 'd could say was that people weren't leaving their tables... they clearly overbooked the hell out of the restaurant the proceeded to ruin several parties nights in the process... to boot, the free appetizers they brought over after we waited an hour, were no better than PF Chang's...

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the ambience of the place was nice but the food was def. not worth the high price. The food was particularly "blah"... their menu of drinks was impressive though and the staff was nice.

2
★★★★☆

the ambience of the place was nice but the food was def. not worth the high price. The food was particularly "blah"... their menu of drinks was impressive though and the staff was nice.

Pros: nice environment, good drinks, friendly staff

Cons: over-priced, less than amazng food

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After great meals at Jean-Georges, I had high hopes for 66. The cool Richard Meier interior can't save the overpriced, frankly unremarkable food. The crispy tofu turned out to be heavy, donut-like fried balls of batter with tofu in the middle and a sauce that may as well come out of a bottle. The bok choy was barely seasoned, and the salmon entree was just plain weird. It was half-cooked (not sashimi, not cooked - the fish purgatory) and seasoned with, among other things, a hefty dose of cinnamon that was wholly out of place. Save your money and go to a Chinatown hole in the wall, not this hole in your wallet.

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★★☆☆☆

After great meals at Jean-Georges, I had high hopes for 66. The cool Richard Meier interior can't save the overpriced, frankly unremarkable food. The crispy tofu turned out to be heavy, donut-like fried balls of batter with tofu in the middle and a sauce that may as well come out of a bottle. The bok choy was barely seasoned, and the salmon entree was just plain weird. It was half-cooked (not sashimi, not cooked - the fish purgatory) and seasoned with, among other things, a hefty dose of cinnamon that was wholly out of place. Save your money and go to a Chinatown hole in the wall, not this hole in your wallet.

Pros: Interior Design, Bar

Cons: Overpriced, Mediocre food, Attitude

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This place is great. Next time I go, I am going to try and sit at the long table along the wall! Everyone can sit together and mingle...

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★★★★☆

This place is great. Next time I go, I am going to try and sit at the long table along the wall! Everyone can sit together and mingle...

Pros: food, service, ambience

Cons: location, too many choices

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I read the other reviews and I thoroughly respect everyone's point of view. Mine has been consistently positive each time I go there. Even if you have to wait a bit for a reservation, the hostess will come over to apologize, update you on the wait and make sure you are comfortable. The food is in dim sum, sharing portions. Very tasty, satisfying, great drinks. Crackling pig is superb. The place is impressive, sleek minimalist asian and modern. The service is efficient, affable and make you feel quite welcome. Costs a bit more but so worth it. I would say indeed give it a chance, better off on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

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★★★★☆

I read the other reviews and I thoroughly respect everyone's point of view. Mine has been consistently positive each time I go there. Even if you have to wait a bit for a reservation, the hostess will come over to apologize, update you on the wait and make sure you are comfortable. The food is in dim sum, sharing portions. Very tasty, satisfying, great drinks. Crackling pig is superb. The place is impressive, sleek minimalist asian and modern. The service is efficient, affable and make you feel quite welcome. Costs a bit more but so worth it. I would say indeed give it a chance, better off on a weekday to avoid the crowds.

Pros: Service, Style, Drinks

Cons: Cost

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I don't know who all these people are who are writing these bad reviews, obvisouly they don't get out much. The food and ambience were amazing. They must be doing something right if they are packing them in on a Monday at 10pm. There is no where in NY that you can get Chinesse food as good as this. This peking duck was 10+ so was the scallion pancakes and the Chille prawns with walnuts was to die for. The dinner was worth every penny.

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★★★★★

I don't know who all these people are who are writing these bad reviews, obvisouly they don't get out much. The food and ambience were amazing. They must be doing something right if they are packing them in on a Monday at 10pm. There is no where in NY that you can get Chinesse food as good as this. This peking duck was 10+ so was the scallion pancakes and the Chille prawns with walnuts was to die for. The dinner was worth every penny.

Pros: Trendy ambience, best chineese food, menu selection

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I feel like people don't understand the concept behind 66. Yes, if you love Chinese food in its slop portion style, than obviously you should head to Chinatown or the local Chinese dive, but if you want to experience Chinese in a whole new way, this is the place! Instead of loading on the brown sauces in a bowl of slop, at 66 you experience every taste separetly and delicately, and almost everything is spectacular. I went with another famous chef from Paris and we recieved the royal treatment sampling almost half the menu, and everything was fresh, original and succulent- especially the foie gras dumplings, mayonnaise/milky shrimp, and this shrimp, walnut, oinion and chili pepper entree, the shrimp toast, the cocktails and so on-the desserts were dissapointing, but overall if you don't need to be a typical food-stuffing american and want to enjoy amazing tastes, this is the place!

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★★★★☆

I feel like people don't understand the concept behind 66. Yes, if you love Chinese food in its slop portion style, than obviously you should head to Chinatown or the local Chinese dive, but if you want to experience Chinese in a whole new way, this is the place! Instead of loading on the brown sauces in a bowl of slop, at 66 you experience every taste separetly and delicately, and almost everything is spectacular. I went with another famous chef from Paris and we recieved the royal treatment sampling almost half the menu, and everything was fresh, original and succulent- especially the foie gras dumplings, mayonnaise/milky shrimp, and this shrimp, walnut, oinion and chili pepper entree, the shrimp toast, the cocktails and so on-the desserts were dissapointing, but overall if you don't need to be a typical food-stuffing american and want to enjoy amazing tastes, this is the place!

Pros: service, original tastes, cocktails

Cons: desserts, price tag

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After waiting a month for a reservation at 66, I expected an ultimate dining experience. This restuarant feel short in almost ever catagory. The food wasn't good, the service sucked, and the host made us wait 50 minutes past our reservation. The chicken was repulsive, the fish was decent, but i could have gotten a much better meal if i had ordered from my local chinese restuarant. I keep waiting for someone to jump out and say you just got punked!

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★★☆☆☆

After waiting a month for a reservation at 66, I expected an ultimate dining experience. This restuarant feel short in almost ever catagory. The food wasn't good, the service sucked, and the host made us wait 50 minutes past our reservation. The chicken was repulsive, the fish was decent, but i could have gotten a much better meal if i had ordered from my local chinese restuarant. I keep waiting for someone to jump out and say you just got punked!

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i have been to 66 a few times for lunch and dinner and have had overall very good experiences. if you are expecting JG 4 star food, this is not it. this is a hip, modern restaurant that pays homage to chinese food and is not trying to reinvent it. the cocktail list is great and you won't find a better wine list for this food anywhere. the service has always been very thorough although i have seen mix ups happen. come here for lunch when it is quieter and cheaper for your best bet

2
★★★★☆

i have been to 66 a few times for lunch and dinner and have had overall very good experiences. if you are expecting JG 4 star food, this is not it. this is a hip, modern restaurant that pays homage to chinese food and is not trying to reinvent it. the cocktail list is great and you won't find a better wine list for this food anywhere. the service has always been very thorough although i have seen mix ups happen. come here for lunch when it is quieter and cheaper for your best bet

Pros: hip, sexy, , great drink menus, food

Cons: loud at night, sometimes you wait, not romantic

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A friend took me here for my birthday recently. We thought it would be upscale Chinese (whatever that means) but we expected some inventive surprises for the food since it is a Jean-Georges kitchen.
Instead, what we got was just plain old Chinese food that one can get on any corner in New York City, except prices where quadruple what one would normally pay.
The cold sesame noodle dish was pretty good, but everything else we ordered, dumplings with foie gras, lemon chicken, and beef were all really disappointing. The only plus was the service, as is the decor, which is really modern and minimalist.
But if one goes to this restaurant to look at the scenery and not for the food, then do not come here, instead, stick to your neighborhood chinese place.

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★★☆☆☆

A friend took me here for my birthday recently. We thought it would be upscale Chinese (whatever that means) but we expected some inventive surprises for the food since it is a Jean-Georges kitchen.
Instead, what we got was just plain old Chinese food that one can get on any corner in New York City, except prices where quadruple what one would normally pay.
The cold sesame noodle dish was pretty good, but everything else we ordered, dumplings with foie gras, lemon chicken, and beef were all really disappointing. The only plus was the service, as is the decor, which is really modern and minimalist.
But if one goes to this restaurant to look at the scenery and not for the food, then do not come here, instead, stick to your neighborhood chinese place.

Pros: service

Cons: food, way over-priced

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The ambiance is actually very nice. Relaxed, airey, not too pretenious. The cocktails are great must have the Wan Chai!!! Wine list is strong and moderatley pricedThe service is ok, nothing special and far from eager, although very hipsterish. The food is the let down considering the chef. They present nicely and the family style food that arrives in particular order is fun (if you know that's the routine here) But none of the flavors pop. Even dishes you think couldn't go wrong go wrong. Like the foie gras & shrimp dumpling (over powered by the flavor of citrus rind) or the Short ribs with a depp rich sauce that was devoid of any flavor. It is a nice place to go, but it isn't what it could be, instead it is just ...ok.

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★★★☆☆

The ambiance is actually very nice. Relaxed, airey, not too pretenious. The cocktails are great must have the Wan Chai!!! Wine list is strong and moderatley pricedThe service is ok, nothing special and far from eager, although very hipsterish. The food is the let down considering the chef. They present nicely and the family style food that arrives in particular order is fun (if you know that's the routine here) But none of the flavors pop. Even dishes you think couldn't go wrong go wrong. Like the foie gras & shrimp dumpling (over powered by the flavor of citrus rind) or the Short ribs with a depp rich sauce that was devoid of any flavor. It is a nice place to go, but it isn't what it could be, instead it is just ...ok.

Pros: Wan Chai Cocktail, Ambiance, wine list

Cons: Food, Food, Food

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My girlfriend took me to 66 for my birthday last night. By far the most obnoxious dining experience I have ever been unfortunate enough to have. Waited 45 minutes past the time of the reservation without so much as an apology. Waited another 25 minutes to place our order. The food, which managed to come out between 5-10 minutes later, was bland and barely even warm. The waiter, who was missing when we wanted to place our order, hovered over us throughout the meal, as if in a hurry to get us out of there. In short, if you want good Chinese, do some research and head to Chinatown. If you want to be treated as a persona non grata and overpay for very mediocre food, this is your spot.

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★☆☆☆☆

My girlfriend took me to 66 for my birthday last night. By far the most obnoxious dining experience I have ever been unfortunate enough to have. Waited 45 minutes past the time of the reservation without so much as an apology. Waited another 25 minutes to place our order. The food, which managed to come out between 5-10 minutes later, was bland and barely even warm. The waiter, who was missing when we wanted to place our order, hovered over us throughout the meal, as if in a hurry to get us out of there. In short, if you want good Chinese, do some research and head to Chinatown. If you want to be treated as a persona non grata and overpay for very mediocre food, this is your spot.

Pros: Cool space

Cons: Horrible Service, Overpriced

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My only complaint: no ambience. 66 is as appealing as your high school cafeteria. Sterile, white, and tables jammed right next to each other. BOTH our neighbors struck up conversations with us because they couldn't help overhearing our conversation (which was very subdued). Meanwhile we were trying to have an intimate romantic evening. Very awkward. 66 would be ok for a quick bite on your lunch hour, not an intimate dinner with your sweetheart.

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★★★☆☆

My only complaint: no ambience. 66 is as appealing as your high school cafeteria. Sterile, white, and tables jammed right next to each other. BOTH our neighbors struck up conversations with us because they couldn't help overhearing our conversation (which was very subdued). Meanwhile we were trying to have an intimate romantic evening. Very awkward. 66 would be ok for a quick bite on your lunch hour, not an intimate dinner with your sweetheart.

Pros: excellent service, delicious food, varied menu

Cons: crowded, no intimacy, sterile

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seriously. trust me on this one. please do not bother to go there. at least not for the food. contrary to what i had read in the reviews the staff and the service was actually friendly and accomodating. but the food was nothing short of bad. we actually had to send one dish back because it was inedible. i wasn't expecting great food but this was much worse than what i had imagined. the scene was ok, but i give this restaurant another few months at most.

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★☆☆☆☆

seriously. trust me on this one. please do not bother to go there. at least not for the food. contrary to what i had read in the reviews the staff and the service was actually friendly and accomodating. but the food was nothing short of bad. we actually had to send one dish back because it was inedible. i wasn't expecting great food but this was much worse than what i had imagined. the scene was ok, but i give this restaurant another few months at most.

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The food is mediocre, the service borders on horrendous. We asked the waitress if we could order the Peking Duck off the entree section and use it as an appetizer. She assured us that was possible. We ordered appetizers including the Peking Duck. My husband got his appetizer first, 10 minutes later another came out, while my husband stared at his for those 10 minutes, a few minutes later the third came out, etc etc. When questioned about the piece-meal service, we were told the chef brings out whatever is ready, first. And so continued the service for the rest of the evening. As things were ready, they came out, leaving us diners to stare at our food till we were all served. Of course, the Peking Duck never appeared. It DID however appear on the bill. Maybe the waitress is still waiting for the chef to finish preparing it....

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★★★☆☆

The food is mediocre, the service borders on horrendous. We asked the waitress if we could order the Peking Duck off the entree section and use it as an appetizer. She assured us that was possible. We ordered appetizers including the Peking Duck. My husband got his appetizer first, 10 minutes later another came out, while my husband stared at his for those 10 minutes, a few minutes later the third came out, etc etc. When questioned about the piece-meal service, we were told the chef brings out whatever is ready, first. And so continued the service for the rest of the evening. As things were ready, they came out, leaving us diners to stare at our food till we were all served. Of course, the Peking Duck never appeared. It DID however appear on the bill. Maybe the waitress is still waiting for the chef to finish preparing it....

Cons: Poor service, Hard to get reservati, mediocre food

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We went here last night after hearing all of the hype, and what a waste of money. Every dish was bland and stuff that you would find in a fast-food chinese restaurant. The atmosphere is nice, but not all that - NY has a million better restaurants. I would NEVER come here again. Our waiter was great, but that is no reason to spend $100 per head on a lousy meal.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went here last night after hearing all of the hype, and what a waste of money. Every dish was bland and stuff that you would find in a fast-food chinese restaurant. The atmosphere is nice, but not all that - NY has a million better restaurants. I would NEVER come here again. Our waiter was great, but that is no reason to spend $100 per head on a lousy meal.

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Although this restaurant might be nice to look at, the food certainly is not.. The dishes are boring and uninspired.. They have the same food that are served at traditional chinese restaurants, only they are more expensive and lack any character...
The menu is divided into soups, apps, sides, vegetables, seafood, and meats... There is not one dish on this menu that you cant get anywhere else for less money, and better tasting... The only thing that you can get at this place is the self-satisfaction of knowing you are sitting at a popular restaurant... From the run of the mill dumplings, to the boring main courses, i kept waiting for the meal to get better...
Go to mee noodle have a better meal for 10 bucks and then go sit at the lounge and stare at the hostesses.. Cause they were the only interesting things at the place...

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★★☆☆☆

Although this restaurant might be nice to look at, the food certainly is not.. The dishes are boring and uninspired.. They have the same food that are served at traditional chinese restaurants, only they are more expensive and lack any character...
The menu is divided into soups, apps, sides, vegetables, seafood, and meats... There is not one dish on this menu that you cant get anywhere else for less money, and better tasting... The only thing that you can get at this place is the self-satisfaction of knowing you are sitting at a popular restaurant... From the run of the mill dumplings, to the boring main courses, i kept waiting for the meal to get better...
Go to mee noodle have a better meal for 10 bucks and then go sit at the lounge and stare at the hostesses.. Cause they were the only interesting things at the place...

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Jean!! What is going on?!? Putting your name on this spot is bound to make serious diners second guess the next spot you open!! Did someone without any restaurant experience pay you for your name? Is this a franchise?!?

Food- better in Chinatown at one of several spots. $120 for a couple is highway robbery for what you serve. I left feeling like I had been robbed.
Service - being told about the restaurant and the process more than twice is unexcusable as is forgotten orders, etc.
Ambience - how do you spell cheap - brand new though looks 5 years (nice bathrooms = highlight)

You really have to watch what you are doing with this one because you have severly offended many of what were once your loyalists.

1
★★☆☆☆

Jean!! What is going on?!? Putting your name on this spot is bound to make serious diners second guess the next spot you open!! Did someone without any restaurant experience pay you for your name? Is this a franchise?!?

Food- better in Chinatown at one of several spots. $120 for a couple is highway robbery for what you serve. I left feeling like I had been robbed.
Service - being told about the restaurant and the process more than twice is unexcusable as is forgotten orders, etc.
Ambience - how do you spell cheap - brand new though looks 5 years (nice bathrooms = highlight)

You really have to watch what you are doing with this one because you have severly offended many of what were once your loyalists.

Pros: quiet location, nice bathrooms, T-Grand X Street

Cons: way over priced, service poor, left angry/victim

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In the sleek space once housed by 66, Jean-Georges opens a noodle-centric spot in Tribeca.

 

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