When it comes to Chinese food, it's been a while since we've expanded our horizons beyond our takeout spot down the street.
Here to get us out of our chicken-and-broccoli rut is Hakkasan, London’s renowned Chinese restaurant that just opened in Manhattan. Specializing in lavish Cantonese cuisine, the fancy import also has outposts in Abu Dhabi, Dubai and the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami.
The sprawling Hell’s Kitchen space resembles a nightclub with its DJ booth, 60-foot bar and waitresses in DVF wrap dresses, but lattice-shrouded booths make for a surprisingly quiet dining experience.
Pop in for lunch when crowds are sparse and try the Dim Sum platter ($28) with scallop shumai and minced-prawn dumplings, or the crispy duck salad ($29) with pine nuts and shallots.
The pricier dinner menu has dishes made specifically for the New York location, like stir-fried lobster with wild mushrooms ($59) and truffle-braised egg noodles with scallops ($59), plus signature plates like roasted cod with Chinese honey ($49) and black-pepper rib-eye beef in Merlot sauce ($39).
For those looking for a quick pre-theater meal, Hakkasan is close enough to Times Square but far enough away from the pedestrian masses.
And there’s not a wet nap or plastic packet of soy sauce in sight.
Hakkasan, 311 W. 43rd St. (between Eighth and Ninth aves.); 212-776-1818 or hakkasan.com