Since 1969, restaurant, hotel, travel & other witty reviews by a handpicked, worldwide team of discerning professionals—and your views, too.

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED 66

241 Church St. (Leonard St.) Send to Phone
212-925-0202
Mix Richard Meier, Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Chinese cuisine and you've got one of the hottest dumplings in town.
Your Opinion
Add your own review

Local Deals: 120 * 90

Cuisine
Open
Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Thurs.-Sat.
Features
  • Dress code: Casual dressy

* Click here for rating key

  • 0.0 star rating
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
0.0 rating over 1 reviews

THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED 66 Restaurant Review

: Combine an auspicious name (besides being the side-entrance address, 66 is a lucky number to Chinese), one of Beijing's top chefs and a sleek interior by architect Richard Meier, and you have another Jean-Georges Vongerichten hit. Voluptuous curves soften the straight lines of this white, silver and black room, where the chairs are by Eames. Red (what else?) banners float above a bar as long as Mao's march. The bar turns into a banquet table, and guests can watch an improvised shadow show of bustling waiters unfold behind the glass wall that separates the dining room from the service area. The oblong space is cleverly divvied into smaller lounges by translucent screens for a feeling of privacy without Siberian isolation. Fish tanks, that de rigueur accessory for Chinatown restaurants, are translated to a lavish bona fide aquarium through which you can spy on the kitchen action. Apparently Vongerichten gives the chef a free hand, with French input kept to a minimum. The result is real Chinese food (the dishes on the menu are even numbered). And the simply-named food is anything but simple, as in the refined prawns with lily bulb and sweet walnuts. Call it nouvelle Chinoise, with unusual ingredients and imported techniques subtly intruding on Sino staples, as evidenced in the steamed cod with caramelized onion, ginger and scallions, and the seared salmon with chile glaze and wok-charred snow peas. The core of the menu runs the gamut of Chinese favorites: spring egg rolls, dim sum, lacquered pork belly, stir-fried noodles, fried rice, tapioca desserts. And the wine list features some beautiful Alsatian and Austrian Pinot Blancs that happily marry the spicy flavors. While most dishes are well prepared, they don't instantly make 66 the best Chinese restaurant in town. Still, the attentive diner can decipher intriguing trends that Vongerichten will no doubt cultivate to turn this fortune cookie into a contender.

User Ratings & Reviews for THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED 66
 
GAYOT has uncovered the best restaurants in New York for you to enjoy right now
Top 25 Restaurants in New York to Eat at Right Now

GAYOT's picks include Italian hotspots, craft cocktail bars and eateries inspired by destinations around the globe.

Read more




RESTAURANT AWARDS 2016

Find out which restaurants and chefs top the list of GAYOT's 2016 Annual Restaurant Awards.