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Chai Brings the Flavors of Beijing to the Theater District
June 6, 2022, 7:53.06 pm ET


Photos: Chai

Chai, which transports diners to Beijing through a carefully cultivated program of regional cuisine, has officially opened in the theater district at 353 West 46th Street.

The bi-level restaurant, which features two dining rooms, built to emulate a Siheyuan, a traditional Chinese residence with courtyards surrounded by buildings on all four sides that have housed city dwellers for nearly 2,000 years. Each of the dining spaces boast ornate hand-painted details that pay homage to the Han Dynasty, while the eatery’s dishware evokes the atmospheres of Beijing’s beloved local eateries.

Guests have their pick between a curated wine selection and innovative libations inspired by the tastes of China’s capital city. The house’s signature cocktail, Hou Hai, is made with baijiu––the traditional Chinese grain spirit with light and floral flavor notes––pineapple and lychee. The namesake cocktail, the Chaitini, is made with vodka, chai tea, and sweetened milk. And the non-alcholic Beijing Style Pear Sou is a sweet and nourishing blend of pear and white fungus. It is served hot or cold from a copper kettle and doubles as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant-filled elixir.

Menu items include a Seafood Bisque, General Tso’s Chicken, Peking Duck, Zhai Jiang Noodles, and the house’s signature Treasure Platter.

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