Chinatown Brasserie

★★★☆☆
An chic downtown eatery with palatial decor and top quality Chinese cuisine.
  • 380 Lafayette St

    New York, NY 10003

    Cross street: nr. Great Jones St.

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  • 212-533-7000

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Nice decor and excellent service. The food is pretty good.

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★★★★★

Nice decor and excellent service. The food is pretty good.

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Come to CB for an Exotic and Sophisticated New Year's 2012 Party! The mystery of the Far East meets Manhattan glamour at New York's fabulous hot spot, Chinatown Brasserie. Indulge in 5 hours of Premium Open Bar and delicious Hors

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★★★★★

Come to CB for an Exotic and Sophisticated New Year's 2012 Party! The mystery of the Far East meets Manhattan glamour at New York's fabulous hot spot, Chinatown Brasserie. Indulge in 5 hours of Premium Open Bar and delicious Hors

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This is always an awesome place to go to for New Years Eve ! A countless number of our friends have always enjoyed their time spent at CB. The party always draws a fun crowd of NYC party-goers, ready to have a great time. Get ready to take

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★★★★★

This is always an awesome place to go to for New Years Eve ! A countless number of our friends have always enjoyed their time spent at CB. The party always draws a fun crowd of NYC party-goers, ready to have a great time. Get ready to take

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My boyfriend and I recently had dinner on Sunday. Since I had heard good things about this place I was sure that having a nice low key dinner would be perfect.

The decor is stunning the outdoor was spacious and the menu was luscious. Although when our food arrived it was flat out bland!!! Both dishes where listed as being spicy and they simply did not deliver the goods. My meat was too dry and almost beef jerky like. My boyfriends chicken was cut into such huge pieces that it was difficult to eat and had as much flavor as fresh bean curd. As well as the almost pathetically small amount of rice that was served with dishes. We also had a soup that was 'OKAY'.

As a native New Yorker who has had some spectacular chinese food this place is lower on flavor and portion than the next cheap take out on Flatbush Avenue in Brownsville Brooklyn.

After our $90 meal (that was 2 drinks, 1small soup and 2 entrees) the server disappeared for 30 min and forgot to give us our change. Mind you, my boyfriend had to go and ask the hostess and then request the manager in order for us to get our change. After which we still had to wait 10 min for our server to return.

We even over heard the couple next to us complain about how 'disappointing' the experience was.

Honestly, you are better off going anywhere else. I will not return nor would recommend this place to others.

PS: the drinks are not that great either for $13. We went to Pravda down the road for a proper cocktail.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I recently had dinner on Sunday. Since I had heard good things about this place I was sure that having a nice low key dinner would be perfect.

The decor is stunning the outdoor was spacious and the menu was luscious. Although when our food arrived it was flat out bland!!! Both dishes where listed as being spicy and they simply did not deliver the goods. My meat was too dry and almost beef jerky like. My boyfriends chicken was cut into such huge pieces that it was difficult to eat and had as much flavor as fresh bean curd. As well as the almost pathetically small amount of rice that was served with dishes. We also had a soup that was 'OKAY'.

As a native New Yorker who has had some spectacular chinese food this place is lower on flavor and portion than the next cheap take out on Flatbush Avenue in Brownsville Brooklyn.

After our $90 meal (that was 2 drinks, 1small soup and 2 entrees) the server disappeared for 30 min and forgot to give us our change. Mind you, my boyfriend had to go and ask the hostess and then request the manager in order for us to get our change. After which we still had to wait 10 min for our server to return.

We even over heard the couple next to us complain about how 'disappointing' the experience was.

Honestly, you are better off going anywhere else. I will not return nor would recommend this place to others.

PS: the drinks are not that great either for $13. We went to Pravda down the road for a proper cocktail.

Pros: Beautiful Decor

Cons: food quality is poor, over priced

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My first visit there, all went well. I was more impressed with the decor than anything else though...but it was so nice that I didn't mind the so-so food.

My 2nd visit was not so good:

We went to the lounge area first. The waiter mentioned something about Happy Hour...something about $5 drinks...he listed a few wines. I said I'd take a cabernet.

A bit later we went to our table and ordered. Out of the four items we ordered, they got three of them wrong and we had to wait for them to bring us the correct items. (It didn't seem that they got our entire order mixed up with another table. I think our waitress just totally messed up. She barely apologized for the mixup.

Then the bill came. I saw that I was charged $14 for the wine I got in the lounge, and NOT $5. When I brought it up with the waitress she said "cabernet is not a happy hour drink...I can show you menu..it's $14." My friend and I both looked at each other dumbfounded, as we both understood the other waiter as saying the cabernet was $5. I told the waitress that it didn't matter what the menu said ...that the other waiter made a mistake (and that the restaurant should correct the bill!) She asked me to describe the waiter from the lounge. She then took the bill and my credit card and walked away; naturally we assumed she was going to get the bar waiter to straighten everything out.

But no.....she returned without the other bar waiter, said nothing to us, and left us the exact same bill with the full charge made to my credit card. By that point I was tired of "complaining" (due to all the problems with our orders, and then the bill), so I just signed the bill, left a 10% tip, and decided I would never return to this restaurant.

It's such a pity, as the decor is truly first class. But with service like this, and charging the prices they do for Chinese takeout-quality food, I certainly won't be coming back!

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★★☆☆☆

My first visit there, all went well. I was more impressed with the decor than anything else though...but it was so nice that I didn't mind the so-so food.

My 2nd visit was not so good:

We went to the lounge area first. The waiter mentioned something about Happy Hour...something about $5 drinks...he listed a few wines. I said I'd take a cabernet.

A bit later we went to our table and ordered. Out of the four items we ordered, they got three of them wrong and we had to wait for them to bring us the correct items. (It didn't seem that they got our entire order mixed up with another table. I think our waitress just totally messed up. She barely apologized for the mixup.

Then the bill came. I saw that I was charged $14 for the wine I got in the lounge, and NOT $5. When I brought it up with the waitress she said "cabernet is not a happy hour drink...I can show you menu..it's $14." My friend and I both looked at each other dumbfounded, as we both understood the other waiter as saying the cabernet was $5. I told the waitress that it didn't matter what the menu said ...that the other waiter made a mistake (and that the restaurant should correct the bill!) She asked me to describe the waiter from the lounge. She then took the bill and my credit card and walked away; naturally we assumed she was going to get the bar waiter to straighten everything out.

But no.....she returned without the other bar waiter, said nothing to us, and left us the exact same bill with the full charge made to my credit card. By that point I was tired of "complaining" (due to all the problems with our orders, and then the bill), so I just signed the bill, left a 10% tip, and decided I would never return to this restaurant.

It's such a pity, as the decor is truly first class. But with service like this, and charging the prices they do for Chinese takeout-quality food, I certainly won't be coming back!

Pros: Decor

Cons: None

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I think it's disgrace to charge $6 for a small lemonade and $6 for a coke. They fill your glass with half of a can (12 ounce) and ice and charge you full price for refills. You can't tell me that's right - more like under handed behavior. And don't be fooled by restaurant week because your portions and service represent the deal. Nice place but probably good for the housewives of new york.

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★★☆☆☆

I think it's disgrace to charge $6 for a small lemonade and $6 for a coke. They fill your glass with half of a can (12 ounce) and ice and charge you full price for refills. You can't tell me that's right - more like under handed behavior. And don't be fooled by restaurant week because your portions and service represent the deal. Nice place but probably good for the housewives of new york.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Pricey

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Large restarant, nice bar, modern decor and trendy. When we arrived it was empty, but quickly filled up (make sure you make reservation). They have special cocktails which I'm sure are great, but I didn't indulge. The food was okay and I didn't think the price was worth the "tastiness" of the meal. We've had better chinese elsewhere. Service was good, but I could barely understand some of them. I would only go back again for drinks, not to eat.

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★★★☆☆

Large restarant, nice bar, modern decor and trendy. When we arrived it was empty, but quickly filled up (make sure you make reservation). They have special cocktails which I'm sure are great, but I didn't indulge. The food was okay and I didn't think the price was worth the "tastiness" of the meal. We've had better chinese elsewhere. Service was good, but I could barely understand some of them. I would only go back again for drinks, not to eat.

Pros: Bar, Decor & Signature Cocktails

Cons: Food is blah..

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Big crowded place with a big menu but everything we ordered was really tasty and the staff once we were seated was attentive and gracious... but it took over an hour from our reservation to get seated at our table!

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★★★★☆

Big crowded place with a big menu but everything we ordered was really tasty and the staff once we were seated was attentive and gracious... but it took over an hour from our reservation to get seated at our table!

Pros: Good food.. large menu

Cons: crowded.. took too long to get seated

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Don't miss the Bao for dessert...they are a mystery...a delicious mystery. Wonderful dumplings, great ribs but the roast pork is even better. Perfect Peking Duck.

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★★★★★

Don't miss the Bao for dessert...they are a mystery...a delicious mystery. Wonderful dumplings, great ribs but the roast pork is even better. Perfect Peking Duck.

Pros: variety of food, SPACE lots of SPACE

Cons: service can be annoying

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We sat down and we were served an amuse bouche (shrimp). Delicious!
Then we had the potstickers and dumplings. Still great.
I had the filet mignon with white asparagus. My friend had the cod.
Dessert-Orange sorbet over a lemon tart with pineapple. Absolutely in my top five of dining experiences. These other negative reviews are bizarre and unfounded.
The chef is amazing, the decor-divine. I loved it!
Go! The bill was $100. I was happy to pay. I ordered some more today as a delivery.
Others in my top 5? Grandma, CIA, Paris.

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★★★★★

We sat down and we were served an amuse bouche (shrimp). Delicious!
Then we had the potstickers and dumplings. Still great.
I had the filet mignon with white asparagus. My friend had the cod.
Dessert-Orange sorbet over a lemon tart with pineapple. Absolutely in my top five of dining experiences. These other negative reviews are bizarre and unfounded.
The chef is amazing, the decor-divine. I loved it!
Go! The bill was $100. I was happy to pay. I ordered some more today as a delivery.
Others in my top 5? Grandma, CIA, Paris.

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I went there on a tuesday night for a date. We ordered some dim sum, pao pao beef and general tso's. The food was pretty good, nothing to write home about, but better than good delivery. The service was excellent - they had us wait for five minutes when we got there only because they wanted to give us better seats than they had available, and the waiters were perfectly attentive. Though it didn't seem to be nearly authentic chinese, we enjoyed atmosphere of the restaurant and found it to be perfect for a mid-high end eating experience. It was definitely conducive to group settings and was charming enough for a couple. The dim sum was definitely the highlight of the meal, plus they surprisingly had some good beers on draft (think chimay).
Overall, if you want to get good chinese food at a nicer restaurant than a chinatown hole-in-the-wall, this will meet your expectations.

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★★★★☆

I went there on a tuesday night for a date. We ordered some dim sum, pao pao beef and general tso's. The food was pretty good, nothing to write home about, but better than good delivery. The service was excellent - they had us wait for five minutes when we got there only because they wanted to give us better seats than they had available, and the waiters were perfectly attentive. Though it didn't seem to be nearly authentic chinese, we enjoyed atmosphere of the restaurant and found it to be perfect for a mid-high end eating experience. It was definitely conducive to group settings and was charming enough for a couple. The dim sum was definitely the highlight of the meal, plus they surprisingly had some good beers on draft (think chimay).
Overall, if you want to get good chinese food at a nicer restaurant than a chinatown hole-in-the-wall, this will meet your expectations.

Pros: Dim Sum, ambience

Cons: not very memorable entrees

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I've only been here once but the food was very good and I would like to return. I came on a date- it isn't the most romantic place, its much better for family or groups, however considering it was a first date I thought it was an appropriate setting. Everything we tried was great, from the spring rolls to the dumplings to the chicken- I forget how it was prepared but I remember it being delicious. Service was very attentive as well.
A little pricey for the food only because you can get good dim sum for pretty cheap, but since this is more of an upscale place it was well worth it.

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★★★★☆

I've only been here once but the food was very good and I would like to return. I came on a date- it isn't the most romantic place, its much better for family or groups, however considering it was a first date I thought it was an appropriate setting. Everything we tried was great, from the spring rolls to the dumplings to the chicken- I forget how it was prepared but I remember it being delicious. Service was very attentive as well.
A little pricey for the food only because you can get good dim sum for pretty cheap, but since this is more of an upscale place it was well worth it.

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This restaurant is fantastic and fun. The dim sum menu is absolutely perfect. When it comes to the entrees, some dishes are better than others (i would stay away from the crispy chicken for example because it is somewhat bland), however, the filet mignon stirfry, and orange beef are very very good. Overall, the restaurant is beautiful, it is in a nice part of town, has a good wine list, and the food is delicious. It is definitely worth a visit.

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★★★★☆

This restaurant is fantastic and fun. The dim sum menu is absolutely perfect. When it comes to the entrees, some dishes are better than others (i would stay away from the crispy chicken for example because it is somewhat bland), however, the filet mignon stirfry, and orange beef are very very good. Overall, the restaurant is beautiful, it is in a nice part of town, has a good wine list, and the food is delicious. It is definitely worth a visit.

Pros: Dim Sum, Ambience

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XXII century Chinatown exposed! Authentic multi-regional Chinese cuisine above Houston and flourishing! Well trained stuff never lets you get bored plus tasty food and cozy decor. It was Wed. and cool but closed downstairs lounge aside the goldfish pond made me think of next visit.

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★★★★☆

XXII century Chinatown exposed! Authentic multi-regional Chinese cuisine above Houston and flourishing! Well trained stuff never lets you get bored plus tasty food and cozy decor. It was Wed. and cool but closed downstairs lounge aside the goldfish pond made me think of next visit.

Pros: service, drinks, location

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The editorial review is way off, as are many of the user reviews. Page six crowd? This restaurant is a more expensive version of the PF Chang's in the Westchester Mall.

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★★★☆☆

The editorial review is way off, as are many of the user reviews. Page six crowd? This restaurant is a more expensive version of the PF Chang's in the Westchester Mall.

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My boyfriend and I were walking past here on a Saturday evening around 6pm and decided to walk in. At the door, I asked the host, very nicely, if they had a table for 2. He asked if we had a reservation, and I said no. He then rolls his eyes, looks at his book and says Fine. We saw that it was pretty loud in there, and so my boyfriend asked if there was a quite booth. The host didn't even look at us, and in the most condenscending and annoyed tone says, "No! You NEED a reservation for that". Had it not been so cold outside, we would have walked right back out and gone somewhere else. We were finally seated in the back by the bar - away from the main dining room. We were the only 2 people in that whole section! It was quite so it suited us just fine. I do have to say, our waiter was nice and polite. However once the food came out, it was beyond subpar. The hot and sour soup had the oozy consistency of glue. The General Tso chicken was fried in such a way that when you cut into it a ton of grease would just ooze out of it. I felt like I was chewing on pieces of fried fat. The only good thing about the meal was the jasmine tea that warmed us up, and the mushroom dumplings were pretty good. The whole time we were there, only the main dining room in the front had patrons, the rest was empty. I guess that's no surprise - considering when a paying customer is greeted with such a hissy fit at the door (and this is no Nobu, folks!), the bitter taste in one's mouth doesn't get any better with cheap chinese trying to pass as premium. Never going back there again.

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★☆☆☆☆

My boyfriend and I were walking past here on a Saturday evening around 6pm and decided to walk in. At the door, I asked the host, very nicely, if they had a table for 2. He asked if we had a reservation, and I said no. He then rolls his eyes, looks at his book and says Fine. We saw that it was pretty loud in there, and so my boyfriend asked if there was a quite booth. The host didn't even look at us, and in the most condenscending and annoyed tone says, "No! You NEED a reservation for that". Had it not been so cold outside, we would have walked right back out and gone somewhere else. We were finally seated in the back by the bar - away from the main dining room. We were the only 2 people in that whole section! It was quite so it suited us just fine. I do have to say, our waiter was nice and polite. However once the food came out, it was beyond subpar. The hot and sour soup had the oozy consistency of glue. The General Tso chicken was fried in such a way that when you cut into it a ton of grease would just ooze out of it. I felt like I was chewing on pieces of fried fat. The only good thing about the meal was the jasmine tea that warmed us up, and the mushroom dumplings were pretty good. The whole time we were there, only the main dining room in the front had patrons, the rest was empty. I guess that's no surprise - considering when a paying customer is greeted with such a hissy fit at the door (and this is no Nobu, folks!), the bitter taste in one's mouth doesn't get any better with cheap chinese trying to pass as premium. Never going back there again.

Pros: Not much

Cons: Rude Host, Food, and pretty much everything else

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good place to go if you work in the area and need to take someone to lunch. friendly staff. kind of pricy but good sized portions, but service could be quicker.

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★★★★☆

good place to go if you work in the area and need to take someone to lunch. friendly staff. kind of pricy but good sized portions, but service could be quicker.

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Such a shame about this place, the decor is beautiful, location great. It's spacious and clean and the food is exceptionally good. But the staff just ruin the whole experience! From the diva maitre d' to the snooty waitstaff. To the management who just don't really seem to care. We waited for ages to be seated whe it was empty, the waiter forgot to give us menus... then we waited ages between drinks for more drink, the food came out in stages, then some folk got their drinks and others didn't. SUCH A SHAME!!! Too much attitude - prob why the place isn't packed to the gills! Cos the food is fantastic. The barstaff and busboys were the only ones there with a smile. The owners should fire EVERYONE else and this place would pick up big time.

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★★☆☆☆

Such a shame about this place, the decor is beautiful, location great. It's spacious and clean and the food is exceptionally good. But the staff just ruin the whole experience! From the diva maitre d' to the snooty waitstaff. To the management who just don't really seem to care. We waited for ages to be seated whe it was empty, the waiter forgot to give us menus... then we waited ages between drinks for more drink, the food came out in stages, then some folk got their drinks and others didn't. SUCH A SHAME!!! Too much attitude - prob why the place isn't packed to the gills! Cos the food is fantastic. The barstaff and busboys were the only ones there with a smile. The owners should fire EVERYONE else and this place would pick up big time.

Pros: Dee-lish food

Cons: Awful rude staff who just don't care!

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yourenotdoing it right...
this is the trick to eating here.
A; sit outside
B order something from the extensive and well designed wine list
C order dim sum

thats about it.
its a fine restaurant, the entries are made with quality ingredients. the staff rotates between friendly professional to not giving a darn(edit) please don't come here for a serious foodie-cuisine, there are better restaurants within a 3 block radius. if you come for the class of the decor, fine, if you come with a talkative group or a date for conversation,fine. if you come by yourself and want to enjoy a quick glass of wine or 3 and something quiet to eat, thats fine too...
bottom line is, this is all for show and drink, and when you take a bite to eat thats not bad either. don't get intimidated by the pretentiousness, don't get confused using the bathrooms, and take a gander at the koi pool downstairs and youll make out like a champ :)

expert tip: any wine they offer by the glass is up to par,so if you don't have $70somard to throw down a glass or 2 at $10 each is an amazing deal.
ps, look nice as well. not sunday best, but well groomed please.

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★★★☆☆

yourenotdoing it right...
this is the trick to eating here.
A; sit outside
B order something from the extensive and well designed wine list
C order dim sum

thats about it.
its a fine restaurant, the entries are made with quality ingredients. the staff rotates between friendly professional to not giving a darn(edit) please don't come here for a serious foodie-cuisine, there are better restaurants within a 3 block radius. if you come for the class of the decor, fine, if you come with a talkative group or a date for conversation,fine. if you come by yourself and want to enjoy a quick glass of wine or 3 and something quiet to eat, thats fine too...
bottom line is, this is all for show and drink, and when you take a bite to eat thats not bad either. don't get intimidated by the pretentiousness, don't get confused using the bathrooms, and take a gander at the koi pool downstairs and youll make out like a champ :)

expert tip: any wine they offer by the glass is up to par,so if you don't have $70somard to throw down a glass or 2 at $10 each is an amazing deal.
ps, look nice as well. not sunday best, but well groomed please.

Pros: wine selection

Cons: knowledgable staff

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This has to be one of the most overrated restaurants in the city. My wife and I go to a lot of restaurants and this experience was almost horrible if not for the company of my wife. The so called wait staff was very rude and acted as if we were lucky to get any words out of them. The food is average. Slightly better than your neighborhood take-out restaurant. The pricing of the menu far outweighs the quality and portions of the plates. For two entrees, three glasses of wine and NO APPETIZERS, our bill came to $101.00 BEFORE TIP!!! I would never reccommend this restaurant. With their outrageous prices and holier than though attitude from their staff, they can keep the fake ambience they're trying to sell. You can find better in the East Village.

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★☆☆☆☆

This has to be one of the most overrated restaurants in the city. My wife and I go to a lot of restaurants and this experience was almost horrible if not for the company of my wife. The so called wait staff was very rude and acted as if we were lucky to get any words out of them. The food is average. Slightly better than your neighborhood take-out restaurant. The pricing of the menu far outweighs the quality and portions of the plates. For two entrees, three glasses of wine and NO APPETIZERS, our bill came to $101.00 BEFORE TIP!!! I would never reccommend this restaurant. With their outrageous prices and holier than though attitude from their staff, they can keep the fake ambience they're trying to sell. You can find better in the East Village.

Pros: NONE

Cons: Staff is extremely rude, Pricing is outrageous, Food not all that great. You can find better.

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There is something really relaxing about this place- almost soothing. Dined here with friends last night and I had such a good time. When I arrived my table wasn't ready yet so my friends and I were told to wait at the bar. Which was fine because the bartender was so friendly- not to mention, funny as well. I agree with other reviewers- waiter and maitre d' service is not great(wouldn't say terrible), but the food is good(wouldn't say excellent). Their vegetable potstickers was fresh, the chicken and garlic rolls were so tasty, the chicken spring rolls were good as well, peking duck was amazing, branzino was amazing as well. For dessert we had the lychee chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato, and their chocolate sundae with homemade brownies. Finished that off with Jasmine tea. I was having such a good time I didn't want to leave! Will definitely be back!! To everyone that works at Chinatown Brasserie: thumbs up!

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★★★☆☆

There is something really relaxing about this place- almost soothing. Dined here with friends last night and I had such a good time. When I arrived my table wasn't ready yet so my friends and I were told to wait at the bar. Which was fine because the bartender was so friendly- not to mention, funny as well. I agree with other reviewers- waiter and maitre d' service is not great(wouldn't say terrible), but the food is good(wouldn't say excellent). Their vegetable potstickers was fresh, the chicken and garlic rolls were so tasty, the chicken spring rolls were good as well, peking duck was amazing, branzino was amazing as well. For dessert we had the lychee chocolate cake with hazelnut gelato, and their chocolate sundae with homemade brownies. Finished that off with Jasmine tea. I was having such a good time I didn't want to leave! Will definitely be back!! To everyone that works at Chinatown Brasserie: thumbs up!

Pros: Food, atmosphere, decor, lighting.

Cons: The service.

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i was attracted to this place because it's so beautifully decorated and makes me feel like i am somewhere in asia. the drinks are great and the food is very pricey, but we had a few dim sum items that surpassed chinatown standards and compares to what i've had in hong kong. now, i really couldn't bring myself to pay the astronomical prices for the entrees, so we made do with great drinks and dim sum in a wonderfully relaxed setting. i'm not sure there is anything comparable to this place, so check it out!

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★★★★★

i was attracted to this place because it's so beautifully decorated and makes me feel like i am somewhere in asia. the drinks are great and the food is very pricey, but we had a few dim sum items that surpassed chinatown standards and compares to what i've had in hong kong. now, i really couldn't bring myself to pay the astronomical prices for the entrees, so we made do with great drinks and dim sum in a wonderfully relaxed setting. i'm not sure there is anything comparable to this place, so check it out!

Pros: amazing decor and friendly staff

Cons: very pricey

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It was our friend's birthday, and we braved the universally poor reviews to placate his desire to eat here. Lesson learned: online reviews are more than just opinionated people with the desire to be heard. In other words, we were entirely underwhelmed. The dim sum was generally well-received, though one dish did induce an uneasy stomach in one of us. Entrees, however, were generally bland. Interesting ingredients on the menu left us disappointed with underdeveloped flavors. The space itself is open, modern, and well furnished (our wobbly table aside). Our waitress ranked low on the personability scale, getting down to business right away with drinks, orders, and dessert. We agreed that we'd only return for drinks and/or dim sum only, but would advise against dinner to anyone who hasn't been.

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★★☆☆☆

It was our friend's birthday, and we braved the universally poor reviews to placate his desire to eat here. Lesson learned: online reviews are more than just opinionated people with the desire to be heard. In other words, we were entirely underwhelmed. The dim sum was generally well-received, though one dish did induce an uneasy stomach in one of us. Entrees, however, were generally bland. Interesting ingredients on the menu left us disappointed with underdeveloped flavors. The space itself is open, modern, and well furnished (our wobbly table aside). Our waitress ranked low on the personability scale, getting down to business right away with drinks, orders, and dessert. We agreed that we'd only return for drinks and/or dim sum only, but would advise against dinner to anyone who hasn't been.

Pros: Location; good area in which to begin a night

Cons: Manages to be overpriced without being overly expensive

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This must be one of the top worst restaurants in the city. The food is poor and overpriced, the manager and maitre d' are rude, condescending and completely unaccommodating. If you are a large group the priced fixed menu is a real ripoff.

To the owners:
Please remind your staff that they are in the hospitality industry and that their unwillingness to at least attempt to make a customer happy is a poor reflection on the restaurant. We can tell you've put a lot of effort into the decor, please put some effort into finding and training good people. I for one will never go back. I would not even recommend this place to my enemies.

Stay away, stay far away.

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★☆☆☆☆

This must be one of the top worst restaurants in the city. The food is poor and overpriced, the manager and maitre d' are rude, condescending and completely unaccommodating. If you are a large group the priced fixed menu is a real ripoff.

To the owners:
Please remind your staff that they are in the hospitality industry and that their unwillingness to at least attempt to make a customer happy is a poor reflection on the restaurant. We can tell you've put a lot of effort into the decor, please put some effort into finding and training good people. I for one will never go back. I would not even recommend this place to my enemies.

Stay away, stay far away.

Pros: Ambience is great. But thats about it.

Cons: Bad value. Unaccommodating and rude staff.

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First off, the service was slow. The waiters messed up our orders. And worst of all, there was something inside the food that just didn't agree with anyone of us (if you know what I mean). If anything, the food didn't taste bad, but definitely not four star quality. The decor was somewhat impressive.

Skip the main courses and maybe just head to the bar. At least after a couple of drinks, you'll forget that you actually decided to come here.

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★★☆☆☆

First off, the service was slow. The waiters messed up our orders. And worst of all, there was something inside the food that just didn't agree with anyone of us (if you know what I mean). If anything, the food didn't taste bad, but definitely not four star quality. The decor was somewhat impressive.

Skip the main courses and maybe just head to the bar. At least after a couple of drinks, you'll forget that you actually decided to come here.

Pros: Decor

Cons: Food, Service

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This is a fine example of a very hyped and money driven place. I had to go there because my friends wanted to check it out. There are definately good points to this place. Like they spent a lot of money to renovate the space. The koi fish pond is actually pretty cool. Oh yeah.. this is a restaurant. The food is ok.. the scene can described as 'wannabes'. Such as New York city goes. Try to avoid, unless you are drunk and you would like to see the 'in' crowd.

1
★★☆☆☆

This is a fine example of a very hyped and money driven place. I had to go there because my friends wanted to check it out. There are definately good points to this place. Like they spent a lot of money to renovate the space. The koi fish pond is actually pretty cool. Oh yeah.. this is a restaurant. The food is ok.. the scene can described as 'wannabes'. Such as New York city goes. Try to avoid, unless you are drunk and you would like to see the 'in' crowd.

Pros: not sure

Cons: go see for yourself

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In a city with so many authentic Chinese joints -- there is no reason to dine at this overpriced knock-off. The touted decor was unimaginative and felt like the TGI Friday's of Chinese restaurants. Definitely skip this one, it's a total let down.

0
★☆☆☆☆

In a city with so many authentic Chinese joints -- there is no reason to dine at this overpriced knock-off. The touted decor was unimaginative and felt like the TGI Friday's of Chinese restaurants. Definitely skip this one, it's a total let down.

Pros: Good NoHo location

Cons: Everything else

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I was recently at Chinatown Brasserie for a company holiday luncheon and was NOT impressed. There was noone in the restaurant at 2pm in the afternoon and yet all 20 of us were squeezed into our table with very little arm space. Why force your customers to endure a physically uncomfortable meal when you have an huge restaurant full of empty tables? The service was terrible - we had to ask the servers three times for...a bowl of rice! (You would think that giving your guests a cup of rice would be common sense in a Chinese restaurant). The dim sum was the only salvagable part of the meal as they were quite flavorful. Our entrees were unimpressive as well. Vegetables were bland, the beef was tenderized but had no flavor, and everything else that I was tasted was equally uninteresting. At around $16 an entree you are much better off going to any hole in the wall in Chinatown. Although I did not get the opportunity to try the Peking Duck, I would imagine that you would be better off having it in a "real" Chinese restaurant. Overall, a big disappointment (and, frankly - a waste of time as well).

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★☆☆☆☆

I was recently at Chinatown Brasserie for a company holiday luncheon and was NOT impressed. There was noone in the restaurant at 2pm in the afternoon and yet all 20 of us were squeezed into our table with very little arm space. Why force your customers to endure a physically uncomfortable meal when you have an huge restaurant full of empty tables? The service was terrible - we had to ask the servers three times for...a bowl of rice! (You would think that giving your guests a cup of rice would be common sense in a Chinese restaurant). The dim sum was the only salvagable part of the meal as they were quite flavorful. Our entrees were unimpressive as well. Vegetables were bland, the beef was tenderized but had no flavor, and everything else that I was tasted was equally uninteresting. At around $16 an entree you are much better off going to any hole in the wall in Chinatown. Although I did not get the opportunity to try the Peking Duck, I would imagine that you would be better off having it in a "real" Chinese restaurant. Overall, a big disappointment (and, frankly - a waste of time as well).

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Honestly, you can't find a better Peking Duck than the one at Chinatown Brasserie. It is done to perfection. The crispy skin with NO FAT and the simply delicious duck meat. The pancake dough, hoisin sauce, English cuccumber and spring onion are a perfect match. It is not fatty or greazy. Simply amazing!!! Better a lot of those Chinatown neighbourhood restaurants. The staffs were extremely friendly and polite. I came with a group of three on a Friday night without reservation, the hostesses and a Manager told us that it shouldn't be a problem, about 20 minutes. Directed us to the bar. The bartenders are very friendly and funny. Their drinks are so good - especially Purple Rain. Yum Yum! We sat down within 30 minutes which is AWESOME in NYC for walk-in as we all know. Our waiter was new and somewhat inexperienced, but what he lacked, he made it up in friendliness, politeness and promptness. The menu is simple, yet complex. It's definitely the kind of food you would see in a Chinese restaurants, with HUGE differences: clean, fresh and less oil. The sea bass was perfectly poached with a wonderful light soy sauce. The dim sum are classic and truly authentic. I really love the food here.

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★★★★★

Honestly, you can't find a better Peking Duck than the one at Chinatown Brasserie. It is done to perfection. The crispy skin with NO FAT and the simply delicious duck meat. The pancake dough, hoisin sauce, English cuccumber and spring onion are a perfect match. It is not fatty or greazy. Simply amazing!!! Better a lot of those Chinatown neighbourhood restaurants. The staffs were extremely friendly and polite. I came with a group of three on a Friday night without reservation, the hostesses and a Manager told us that it shouldn't be a problem, about 20 minutes. Directed us to the bar. The bartenders are very friendly and funny. Their drinks are so good - especially Purple Rain. Yum Yum! We sat down within 30 minutes which is AWESOME in NYC for walk-in as we all know. Our waiter was new and somewhat inexperienced, but what he lacked, he made it up in friendliness, politeness and promptness. The menu is simple, yet complex. It's definitely the kind of food you would see in a Chinese restaurants, with HUGE differences: clean, fresh and less oil. The sea bass was perfectly poached with a wonderful light soy sauce. The dim sum are classic and truly authentic. I really love the food here.

Pros: The Pecking Duck, the Staffs, the food

Cons: rude clienteles

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Nothing special - just over priced. Another mediocre Chinese restaurant at best. Boring and overpriced dim sum. Campy interior and a lame scene. If you're looking for good Chinese, try the real Chinatown. If you're looking for solid Chinese and a good scene, try Budakan.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Nothing special - just over priced. Another mediocre Chinese restaurant at best. Boring and overpriced dim sum. Campy interior and a lame scene. If you're looking for good Chinese, try the real Chinatown. If you're looking for solid Chinese and a good scene, try Budakan.

Pros: good location

Cons: over priced, below average Chinese

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The only thing that put a damper on my night at CB was the couple seated next to me. The server was quick and informative telling me her favorites and even what to steer clear of (honesty is rare in the restaurant business). I took her suggestions since she probably knows better than me and was happy I did so. The golden coin dim dum was lightly crisp outside and fluffy in, you have to get the soup dumplings (a chinese specialty and hard to find above canal st.) I moved on to a filet of red snapper and steamed vegetables with fried rice. The snapper was so tasty and done in a light sauce so the flavor wasn't boggled down. The couple next to me ordered basics, plain shrimp dumplings, general tso and beef with broccoli and through their entire meal complained to each other how they could get the same elsewhere for less. We all have had chinese take out so why would you come to Nolita where the prices are of course higher and order the same thing that you would if you were sitting on your couch in front of the tv? CB is a specialty chinese restaurant so order the specialities, peking duck, whole sea bass, lobster tempura. It sounds obvious but hearing people bash the food that you enjoy while you're eating is a big turn off. Luckily I was able to eat dessert in peace after they left, can you say chocolate lava cake with lychees? Me too.

1
★★★☆☆

The only thing that put a damper on my night at CB was the couple seated next to me. The server was quick and informative telling me her favorites and even what to steer clear of (honesty is rare in the restaurant business). I took her suggestions since she probably knows better than me and was happy I did so. The golden coin dim dum was lightly crisp outside and fluffy in, you have to get the soup dumplings (a chinese specialty and hard to find above canal st.) I moved on to a filet of red snapper and steamed vegetables with fried rice. The snapper was so tasty and done in a light sauce so the flavor wasn't boggled down. The couple next to me ordered basics, plain shrimp dumplings, general tso and beef with broccoli and through their entire meal complained to each other how they could get the same elsewhere for less. We all have had chinese take out so why would you come to Nolita where the prices are of course higher and order the same thing that you would if you were sitting on your couch in front of the tv? CB is a specialty chinese restaurant so order the specialities, peking duck, whole sea bass, lobster tempura. It sounds obvious but hearing people bash the food that you enjoy while you're eating is a big turn off. Luckily I was able to eat dessert in peace after they left, can you say chocolate lava cake with lychees? Me too.

Pros: chinese dishes with class

Cons: customers

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...could you charge these prices when for far cheaper and less than a mile away you could get the same, if not better in Chinatown!

It's a shame that the area doesn't have any decent chinese restaurants.
As long as you realize what you are really paying for is the beautiful decor and service you'll be OK. Both are great. But the food is nothing special. Some of the dishes taste exactly the same as their cheaper counterparts and other dishes not as good such as the egg rolls.

This place is stricly for people where the asthetics count more than the food.
It's a shame that such a wonderful looking place couldn't have made a more unique culinary mark.
I may return but not often.

1
★★★☆☆

...could you charge these prices when for far cheaper and less than a mile away you could get the same, if not better in Chinatown!

It's a shame that the area doesn't have any decent chinese restaurants.
As long as you realize what you are really paying for is the beautiful decor and service you'll be OK. Both are great. But the food is nothing special. Some of the dishes taste exactly the same as their cheaper counterparts and other dishes not as good such as the egg rolls.

This place is stricly for people where the asthetics count more than the food.
It's a shame that such a wonderful looking place couldn't have made a more unique culinary mark.
I may return but not often.

Pros: decor, service

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The ambiance and decoration of the place is great and the food is not bad but nothing special The service is terrible, our waitress included a 20% tip on our bill without making us aware of it and it clearly specifies on the menu that 20% service tip will be included for parties of 7 and more. We were only 4!!! When we confronted her about it she lied and said that they always included. They were not very nice and it is the 2nd time that something unpleasant happens with their staff. Definitely not recommended!

1
★★★☆☆

The ambiance and decoration of the place is great and the food is not bad but nothing special The service is terrible, our waitress included a 20% tip on our bill without making us aware of it and it clearly specifies on the menu that 20% service tip will be included for parties of 7 and more. We were only 4!!! When we confronted her about it she lied and said that they always included. They were not very nice and it is the 2nd time that something unpleasant happens with their staff. Definitely not recommended!

Pros: Food, Ambience

Cons: Service, price

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Horrible. Kept us waiting 35 minutes for a long-standing reservation--offered "free dessert." After finally seated, our waiter pretty much disappeared for 20 minutes between every visit to our table. We told him we needed to be out by a certain time, he said "no problem"--yeah right. The food, when it came, was pretty blah. No better than my neighborhood Chinese takeout, and about quadruple the price. We complained about our service to the hosts several time. They did nothing. It took about 20 minutes just to get the check, and the waiter couldn't have cared less. No free dessert, as they made us so late we just had to get out! Poor management, awful service, blah food, we'd never ever go back. Skip it on all fronts, your Chinese delivery is probably just as good.

0
★☆☆☆☆

Horrible. Kept us waiting 35 minutes for a long-standing reservation--offered "free dessert." After finally seated, our waiter pretty much disappeared for 20 minutes between every visit to our table. We told him we needed to be out by a certain time, he said "no problem"--yeah right. The food, when it came, was pretty blah. No better than my neighborhood Chinese takeout, and about quadruple the price. We complained about our service to the hosts several time. They did nothing. It took about 20 minutes just to get the check, and the waiter couldn't have cared less. No free dessert, as they made us so late we just had to get out! Poor management, awful service, blah food, we'd never ever go back. Skip it on all fronts, your Chinese delivery is probably just as good.

Pros: None.

Cons: Expensive, really bad service, average food

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Ate here a month ago, thought it was good, so I returned for a second time. The 2 hostesses weren't so friendly, a bit snooty. They said it would be a 45 minute wait, when half the room was empty. I can't imagine a restaurant of their size do not take walk ins. If they don't, THAT is BAD business. I do not like to go places where my business in not wanted, so my party and I went to a place where I know I can get fantastic Asian food & a smile at the door. Forbidden City!!! Highly recommend THAT.

1
★★☆☆☆

Ate here a month ago, thought it was good, so I returned for a second time. The 2 hostesses weren't so friendly, a bit snooty. They said it would be a 45 minute wait, when half the room was empty. I can't imagine a restaurant of their size do not take walk ins. If they don't, THAT is BAD business. I do not like to go places where my business in not wanted, so my party and I went to a place where I know I can get fantastic Asian food & a smile at the door. Forbidden City!!! Highly recommend THAT.

Pros: in my neighborhood

Cons: attitude at the door

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This place is really good. Not amazing, but if you want good Chinese food and don't want the bad lighting, dirty surroundings and gruff service of "the real" Chinatown, it's for you. The room is beautiful, the cocktails are great and the food is right on. It can get expensive, as all small plate/sharing places tend to be (Casa Mono, Nobu etc). But bottom line is, sometimes you don't want take out and you don't feel like the hassle of Chinatown. That's why we like this place.

2
★★★★★

This place is really good. Not amazing, but if you want good Chinese food and don't want the bad lighting, dirty surroundings and gruff service of "the real" Chinatown, it's for you. The room is beautiful, the cocktails are great and the food is right on. It can get expensive, as all small plate/sharing places tend to be (Casa Mono, Nobu etc). But bottom line is, sometimes you don't want take out and you don't feel like the hassle of Chinatown. That's why we like this place.

Pros: Room, Atmosphere, Food

Cons: Can get pricey

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I'm a huge fan of Lure and Lever House, so had to check out the third in the series. While the space is not quite as enticing as the former two, the restaurant is a nicely decorated with a Chinese-esque aesthetic. We had a few appetizers (crab/shrimp/spinach dumpling & spring roll) which were nice, albeit very small, and the monkfish and black cod (very spicy) entrees were very large, but very expensive too. Although our waitress didn't mention this to us, the entrees are meant to be shared. Dined here on a Saturday night so crowd was a little touristy, but maybe it was just the weekend. My friends have dined here during the week and said there is a good scene, so I'd recommend avoiding the weekends. Definitely go downstairs to check out the bar area with koi pond, but beware of the $15/drink price tag. There's also al fresco dining in the front of the restaurant as well.

2
★★★★☆

I'm a huge fan of Lure and Lever House, so had to check out the third in the series. While the space is not quite as enticing as the former two, the restaurant is a nicely decorated with a Chinese-esque aesthetic. We had a few appetizers (crab/shrimp/spinach dumpling & spring roll) which were nice, albeit very small, and the monkfish and black cod (very spicy) entrees were very large, but very expensive too. Although our waitress didn't mention this to us, the entrees are meant to be shared. Dined here on a Saturday night so crowd was a little touristy, but maybe it was just the weekend. My friends have dined here during the week and said there is a good scene, so I'd recommend avoiding the weekends. Definitely go downstairs to check out the bar area with koi pond, but beware of the $15/drink price tag. There's also al fresco dining in the front of the restaurant as well.

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The crispy orange beef is the best I've ever had. Their signature drink is a $12 frozen Mai Tai in a teeny glass. But it's very tasty.

The food is quite good, though the dumplings missed. Hate to say it, but they were only one notch better than frozen Trader Joes gyoza.

The design of the restaurant is striking. Lots of lacquered dark wood, leather, lanterns, the amazing carp pond on the lower level. Whoever designed and built the decor did a great job invoking old fashioned Americanized "Column A/Column B" Chinese restaurants of a bygone era and modernized it, but also made it harken back the the 19th century at the same time. I got a big kick out of the decor.

I had a good time, but I'm not sure I'd return for the food. It's just too expensive for what it is--though I have been fantasizing about the crispy orange beef for a few days. For the price of a single entree, two people can have t three course meal that's almost as good in one of the better restaurants in the real Chinatown (or one of the mini-Chinatowns in Bklyn or Queens.

But of course, value isn't what this place is about. It reminds me of some of the cavernous theme restaurants of the 80s, where if you're looking at the prices, you probably shouldn't be there.

I would come back to hang at the bar to sip the frozen mai tai's, or downstairs in the slick lounge.

2
★★★★☆

The crispy orange beef is the best I've ever had. Their signature drink is a $12 frozen Mai Tai in a teeny glass. But it's very tasty.

The food is quite good, though the dumplings missed. Hate to say it, but they were only one notch better than frozen Trader Joes gyoza.

The design of the restaurant is striking. Lots of lacquered dark wood, leather, lanterns, the amazing carp pond on the lower level. Whoever designed and built the decor did a great job invoking old fashioned Americanized "Column A/Column B" Chinese restaurants of a bygone era and modernized it, but also made it harken back the the 19th century at the same time. I got a big kick out of the decor.

I had a good time, but I'm not sure I'd return for the food. It's just too expensive for what it is--though I have been fantasizing about the crispy orange beef for a few days. For the price of a single entree, two people can have t three course meal that's almost as good in one of the better restaurants in the real Chinatown (or one of the mini-Chinatowns in Bklyn or Queens.

But of course, value isn't what this place is about. It reminds me of some of the cavernous theme restaurants of the 80s, where if you're looking at the prices, you probably shouldn't be there.

I would come back to hang at the bar to sip the frozen mai tai's, or downstairs in the slick lounge.

Pros: Beautiful decor, some good food, great mai tai

Cons: Very expensive for what you get

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This place is straight from Chinatown. No ingenuity, just better ingredients -- bigger shrimp, free-range chicken, etc. Save your money for something better. They do have a nice looking bar downstairs with an impressive koi pond. It hasn't become that popular yet so it looks like a good place to go with a big group of friends for a few drinks. As for the food, take a cab downtown for the real thing.

1
★★★☆☆

This place is straight from Chinatown. No ingenuity, just better ingredients -- bigger shrimp, free-range chicken, etc. Save your money for something better. They do have a nice looking bar downstairs with an impressive koi pond. It hasn't become that popular yet so it looks like a good place to go with a big group of friends for a few drinks. As for the food, take a cab downtown for the real thing.

Pros: Ambience

Cons: Food, Service

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This place was so much fun, drinks are excellent, great atmosphere, good service and good food, what more do you need?

2
★★★★★

This place was so much fun, drinks are excellent, great atmosphere, good service and good food, what more do you need?

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Great big loud fun place. Excellent, but not world shaking dim sum. Other dishes, Cantonese/Asian Fusion, I found largely bland and uninspired. Decent peking duck but hard to eat at tiny table for two.

Staff needs to learn the dishesingredients and preparationand also what condiments to serve.

Place was hopping on all three visits I made, apparently the experience of going out to Chinatown Brasserie was more important than the culinary experience to be found there.

Convenient for those of us who want dim sum but don't want to go all the way down to Chinatown. But if the menu doesn't begin to sparkle and the staff doesn't learn its job, I don't know how long the novelty will last.

1
★★★☆☆

Great big loud fun place. Excellent, but not world shaking dim sum. Other dishes, Cantonese/Asian Fusion, I found largely bland and uninspired. Decent peking duck but hard to eat at tiny table for two.

Staff needs to learn the dishesingredients and preparationand also what condiments to serve.

Place was hopping on all three visits I made, apparently the experience of going out to Chinatown Brasserie was more important than the culinary experience to be found there.

Convenient for those of us who want dim sum but don't want to go all the way down to Chinatown. But if the menu doesn't begin to sparkle and the staff doesn't learn its job, I don't know how long the novelty will last.

Pros: Excellent dim sum. Not Chinatown. Fun restaurant.

Cons: Not Chinatown. Bland uninspired preparation. Too busy for staff or kitchen to handle

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I heard that this spot was opening up in June so I took a few friends there during opening week. For a brand new restaurant everyone did a great job! The service was excellent - a little eager but that was expected. We had several appetizers: lettuce wrap with chicken and pinenuts, shu mai, soup dumplings, wonton soup - all excellent! I had the crispy bass in chili sauce which was succulent and well balanced. The ambiance reminds me of a Chinese restaurant in the 1920s...or at least my fantasy of a Chinese restaurant in the 1920s. Basically, it's a huge space that has been well decorated in a classy style - giant Asian chandeliers, red and black furniture, bamboo. Can't wait to go back! Pretty, pretty and yum, yum!

2
★★★★★

I heard that this spot was opening up in June so I took a few friends there during opening week. For a brand new restaurant everyone did a great job! The service was excellent - a little eager but that was expected. We had several appetizers: lettuce wrap with chicken and pinenuts, shu mai, soup dumplings, wonton soup - all excellent! I had the crispy bass in chili sauce which was succulent and well balanced. The ambiance reminds me of a Chinese restaurant in the 1920s...or at least my fantasy of a Chinese restaurant in the 1920s. Basically, it's a huge space that has been well decorated in a classy style - giant Asian chandeliers, red and black furniture, bamboo. Can't wait to go back! Pretty, pretty and yum, yum!

Pros: Beautiful space, great dim sum

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I gave Chinatown Brasserie a run last night. The space it decent - Bill Georgis did a reasonable job with the interior and the downstairs lounge (the koi pool is quite interesting and being around water in a bar is refreshing). When my party arrived, we ordered several Lychee martinis which were good, albeit expensive. My gin and tonic was ten dollars which is pricey as well for a simple mixed drink. One of the bartenders, a gentlemen from South Williamsburg, did make the very nice gesture of providing our party with a complimentary 4 piece dim sum appetizer which was quite nice after paying so much for the cocktails. The waiter we had was a young gentleman who seemed inexperienced in the service business and had somewhat of a hurried attitude which was lamentable. The menu is not very well organized - kind of a mock-Keith McNally-ish presentation. Aesthically it's not interesting either. We ordered another round of cocktails, this time myself ordering a MaiTai which was quite good. We ordered 5 appetizers and 2 main dishes. The appetizers were good; a chicken roll presented on it's end in four pieces, pork soup dumplings (very good) egetable dumplings, shrimp dumplings. Nothing incredible in terms of taste. The main courses of sea bass and flatiron steak were good - the sea bass was quite succulent and had a buttery taste which I liked. The steak was a decent serving for 17 dollars, sliced and tasted decent. We finished feeling hungry, and the waiter should have told us that the food were ordered was not enough for the table. For dessert, we had a peanut butter pie, rhubarb pie, and a chocolate cake. All were very light and not very fulfilling. Given the neighborhood, Great Jones/Bond St area, I would say that Chinatown Brasserie is certainly a fair place for exotic cocktails in the summer to complement your Dim Sum / Dumpling appetite.

2
★★★★☆

I gave Chinatown Brasserie a run last night. The space it decent - Bill Georgis did a reasonable job with the interior and the downstairs lounge (the koi pool is quite interesting and being around water in a bar is refreshing). When my party arrived, we ordered several Lychee martinis which were good, albeit expensive. My gin and tonic was ten dollars which is pricey as well for a simple mixed drink. One of the bartenders, a gentlemen from South Williamsburg, did make the very nice gesture of providing our party with a complimentary 4 piece dim sum appetizer which was quite nice after paying so much for the cocktails. The waiter we had was a young gentleman who seemed inexperienced in the service business and had somewhat of a hurried attitude which was lamentable. The menu is not very well organized - kind of a mock-Keith McNally-ish presentation. Aesthically it's not interesting either. We ordered another round of cocktails, this time myself ordering a MaiTai which was quite good. We ordered 5 appetizers and 2 main dishes. The appetizers were good; a chicken roll presented on it's end in four pieces, pork soup dumplings (very good) egetable dumplings, shrimp dumplings. Nothing incredible in terms of taste. The main courses of sea bass and flatiron steak were good - the sea bass was quite succulent and had a buttery taste which I liked. The steak was a decent serving for 17 dollars, sliced and tasted decent. We finished feeling hungry, and the waiter should have told us that the food were ordered was not enough for the table. For dessert, we had a peanut butter pie, rhubarb pie, and a chocolate cake. All were very light and not very fulfilling. Given the neighborhood, Great Jones/Bond St area, I would say that Chinatown Brasserie is certainly a fair place for exotic cocktails in the summer to complement your Dim Sum / Dumpling appetite.

Pros: Sceney, Epic Koi Pond in Basement, Mai Tai's

Cons: Inexperienced Water

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The restaurant is nicely designed (great fish pond) and the staff very eager. Food is decent to very good. Nothing super exciting. Enjoyed the pork soup dumplings. Other dumplings not as good. Watercress dumplings had shrimp in them, which seemed a bit lazy and not at all what I wanted in there. Not listed on the menu either. Cocktails looked good but it was lunch so we abstained. Might check out the bar again, but menu didn't seem terribly appealing.

1
★★★☆☆

The restaurant is nicely designed (great fish pond) and the staff very eager. Food is decent to very good. Nothing super exciting. Enjoyed the pork soup dumplings. Other dumplings not as good. Watercress dumplings had shrimp in them, which seemed a bit lazy and not at all what I wanted in there. Not listed on the menu either. Cocktails looked good but it was lunch so we abstained. Might check out the bar again, but menu didn't seem terribly appealing.

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The ambience and service is AMAZING. For the price, you really can't beat it in that neighborhood, and even though you think of Chinese food as being "delivery, eat at home on the couch" food, it was soooo good. Oh, and get the Chinese sundae for dessert - it was FANTASTIC! Plus - celeb watching spot. Saw the guy who played Trey (Charlotte's 1st husband) on Sex & the City!

2
★★★★★

The ambience and service is AMAZING. For the price, you really can't beat it in that neighborhood, and even though you think of Chinese food as being "delivery, eat at home on the couch" food, it was soooo good. Oh, and get the Chinese sundae for dessert - it was FANTASTIC! Plus - celeb watching spot. Saw the guy who played Trey (Charlotte's 1st husband) on Sex & the City!

Pros: Menu selections, Ambience, Lighting

Cons: Um...none.

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The fez is such a gorgeous place to hang out!!!!!!!!!! in the middle of a trendy area (East village)
If you want have a good time, you should stop by.
You will meet cool people !!!!!!!
The guys are hot, I' am telling you

I`am going back this week ...

2
★★★★☆

The fez is such a gorgeous place to hang out!!!!!!!!!! in the middle of a trendy area (East village)
If you want have a good time, you should stop by.
You will meet cool people !!!!!!!
The guys are hot, I' am telling you

I`am going back this week ...

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You will love the fez, with a nice atmosphere, You will love to stay over there forever.
the crowd is cool, the music is mixed .
I met a lot of cool person , I recommend it, I am going back for sure.

2
★★★★★

You will love the fez, with a nice atmosphere, You will love to stay over there forever.
the crowd is cool, the music is mixed .
I met a lot of cool person , I recommend it, I am going back for sure.

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I have recently been reminded about why I never see shows at Fez. Fez does have great sound and the bartenders are nice and there has been a great Monday night residency lately. With the amount of procedure and rules that a patron must adhere to, the service at the other end is nothing but rude and belligerent. I tried to reserve tickets... couldn't... twice. If Fez wants to be upscale and impose all sorts of rules and requirements, then they need to fufill their end of the bargain. Give us a reservation system that is reliable. Hostesses who are not contentious and a waitstaff that is competent. Management aught to visit Jazz Standard for a lesson on upscale rules and a level of service that is both warm and professional.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have recently been reminded about why I never see shows at Fez. Fez does have great sound and the bartenders are nice and there has been a great Monday night residency lately. With the amount of procedure and rules that a patron must adhere to, the service at the other end is nothing but rude and belligerent. I tried to reserve tickets... couldn't... twice. If Fez wants to be upscale and impose all sorts of rules and requirements, then they need to fufill their end of the bargain. Give us a reservation system that is reliable. Hostesses who are not contentious and a waitstaff that is competent. Management aught to visit Jazz Standard for a lesson on upscale rules and a level of service that is both warm and professional.

Pros: good sound, good performers, lounge upstairs

Cons: belligerent, unprofessional, rude

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This is one of the most poorly managed venues in the city. About 60 of us were lined up outside in single-digit temperatures, waiting to be admitted for an 8:00 show. At 8:30 we were still not admitted. Despite a vastly empty bar area where we could have waited in warmth and comfort, we were kept outside by the manager himself who refused to let us indoors. When we were finally admitted, the folks at the front of the line, believing themselves to have first pick of seating, found themselves walking into a club already half-full. Some people let in on a whim, 60 others left outside to suffer frostbite. A more sophisticated management would have handled it differently -- much differently!

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★☆☆☆☆

This is one of the most poorly managed venues in the city. About 60 of us were lined up outside in single-digit temperatures, waiting to be admitted for an 8:00 show. At 8:30 we were still not admitted. Despite a vastly empty bar area where we could have waited in warmth and comfort, we were kept outside by the manager himself who refused to let us indoors. When we were finally admitted, the folks at the front of the line, believing themselves to have first pick of seating, found themselves walking into a club already half-full. Some people let in on a whim, 60 others left outside to suffer frostbite. A more sophisticated management would have handled it differently -- much differently!

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I have never been treated so poorly in New York. The website schedule is WAY out of date, so hard to even figure out when the damn show IS. Then they pack you in like sardines, then overbook so there are people standing in the aisles. Worst part: my friend had a full glass of merlot (someone else's) spilled all over her white sweater by the waitress - who, BTW, didn't even apologize but still managed to bring us our $10 check. After pointing out how my friend looked like a WWII victim and how ridiculous this was, she said it would be 'taken care of', only to return 5 minutes later to say only our drinks would be comped. Finally had to call the manager out and deal with her directly. What's WRONG with them?? It's called good customer service. I would absolutely never return if you paid me...

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never been treated so poorly in New York. The website schedule is WAY out of date, so hard to even figure out when the damn show IS. Then they pack you in like sardines, then overbook so there are people standing in the aisles. Worst part: my friend had a full glass of merlot (someone else's) spilled all over her white sweater by the waitress - who, BTW, didn't even apologize but still managed to bring us our $10 check. After pointing out how my friend looked like a WWII victim and how ridiculous this was, she said it would be 'taken care of', only to return 5 minutes later to say only our drinks would be comped. Finally had to call the manager out and deal with her directly. What's WRONG with them?? It's called good customer service. I would absolutely never return if you paid me...

 

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