Philippe Chow New York
Established: December 2005
Location: 33 East 60th Street
New York City
Telephone: (212) 664-8885
Co-Owner& Executive Chef: Philippe Chow
Cuisine: Classic Chinese Cuisine with an Haute Flair
Chef Philippe is also available to cater private parties and/or prepare to-go dinners for any special event, at your home, boat or on the beach.
Capacity: Dining Room (250) | Private Wine Cellar (26)
Hours of Operation: Lunch
Monday through Saturday: 12:00PM – 4:00PM
Monday through Saturday: 6:00PM – 12:00AM
Since opening in December 2005, Philippe Chow New York City continues to attract the who’s-who of Hollywood and social set – frequented by such names as Anne Hathaway, Anna Wintour, Beyoncé, Robert De Niro, Oprah, and Lady Gaga – headed by Executive Chef Philippe Chow.
The Chic modern design meets with a signature color palette of black, white and red in the dining room and bar; for a more intimate setting, the private cellar and two private rooms are an ideal setting for any fête. Plush banquettes and intimate booths lend an air of opulence, as the glow from flickering candles and overhead skylights set the tone for a luxe dining experience.
Service is surprisingly warm,efficient and guiding. The menu offers a selection of main dishes meant to be shared by two people (many of them can be ordered in1/2 portions, but not the superlative Peking duck with its light-as-a-feather handkerchief-pancakes or a whole steamed fish of the day.
Creative noodles and dumplings are a specialty at Philippe. Each night at about 9 p.m. in the restaurant’s dining room, Noodle and Pastry Chef conducts a live demonstration for making hand-pulled noodles. Philippe’s menu features no less than eight variations of either steamed or stir-fried dumplings and Cheng’s specialty, hand-made noodles with pork or veal bean sauce (like a Bolognaise).
A haute flair on classic Chinese cuisine, Chef Philippe has crafted a menu complete with signature-favorites. We enjoyed an assortment of steamed dumplings, including Jade dumplings with shrimp and water chestnuts, crabmeat soup dumplings, sieu mai of pork and black mushrooms and vegetable dumplings. All were paragons of freshness and avoided the all too common NY Chinese trait of gumminess. PORK/SHRIMP FRIED RICE was creatively presented in a tall urn and was another standout, as were terrific sautéed green beans.
Entrees range from nine seasons spicy prawns, drunken sea bass served in white wine, the aforementioned Peking duck, crispy beef that is to die for and a delightful combination of green prawns with cashew nuts, water chestnuts, peppers and black mushrooms. Best of all and obligatory are RED KING CRABS (2.5 – 3lbs) in garlic/butter sauce. They can be shared by 3 or 4 people and are so good that you will never want lobster again.
Other Signature Dishes include Chicken Satay, skewers prepared in Chef Philippe’s famous cream sauce, crispy Peking Chicken, fresh and juicy Maine Lobster and Spring Rolls. Philippe also offers a multi-course tasting menu at dinner that must be ordered by a minimum of six persons. The best dessert is without doubt the fine house-made sorbets and fresh fruit.
Specialty Drinks are outstanding. This is a real bar so expect such delights as the sweetly-refreshing taste of The Philipptini (Absolut vodka, lychee and fresh squeezed pineapple juice, triple sec, splash of Chambord), a lovely Lychee Martini (Absolut vodka, lychee juice, coconut cream, fresh squeezed lime juice, and Cointreau), the Shanghai Philippe (Stoli Strawberry, Elderflower syrup, muddled fresh strawberries, champagne) and our personal favorite, The MIDNIGHT MOJITO, an intoxicating blend of Stoli Blueberry, fresh mint, muddled fresh blueberries, simple syrup, splash of fresh squeezed lime juice, and a splash of soda, a terrific value at $15. (Purists will love the beautiful classic Martini and the best Old Fashioned” in town.)
Philippe offers 10 to 12 wines by the glass each night, as well as a good if pricey wine list (there are some terrific bottles for under $70). A special page offers “Highly Rated Wines” (mostly by THe Wine Spectator). Our waiter suggested the 2009 August Kesseler Lorcher Schlossberg Riesling Spätlese trocken. At $70 a bottle, it was full of fruit, medium dry and excellent.
Philippe Chow New York is the perfect night-out-on-the town and rates A MAJOR on The Walman Report..
(Hosting your own soiree? Chef Philippe is also available to cater private parties and/or prepare to-go dinners for any special event).
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