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Not too many kicks at 66.Review By: Benny Prim
The restaurant, created by Jean-Georges Vongerichten, the man behind hits like JoJo, Vong and Mercer Kitchen, is taking on Tribeca with 66, a restaurant whose aim is to make Chinese food sheik. But does it succeed?
The space is big and white... white walls... white tables... white screens... white. The only color, a series of bright red banners hung above a mile-long sharing table. Alright, maybe it's not a mile long, it just feels that way.
The place does have a hipness to it, especially the lounge area where you can sip cocktails to candlelight.
But if you're hoping for some out-of-this-world Chinese food, you'd better get your butt over to Chinatown. What do sheik egg rolls taste like? Like you're garden variety dollar kind, only two of these will set you back $7.50. I should've gone for the crispy tender frog legs ($14) or the Squab a L'Orange with crystallized tamarind ($14.50).
Up next, Dim Sum. Again, expectations are high.
Again, disappointment. The shells are thick and gummy, and be forewarned to let these babies cool down before taking a bite, or you'll start your meal with a burnt lip. The crab and ginger soup dumplings ($6.50) are suppose to be bursting with broth, hence the "soup," but these barely offer a squirt. The scallop and water chestnut dumplings ($4.50) were mostly water chestnut. The saving grace a hot chilli soy dipping sauce that packed a nice kick.
The shrimp fried rice ($16.50) fared better with a healthy portion big enough for two and loaded with fresh shrimps. The crackling pig with a spicy plum sauce ($18) is just as good, if not better than what you'll find at some of New York's top-notch Chinese restaurants. The lemon-sesame chicken ($19) was a hit with my dining partner.
Some items though are definitely geared toward the upscale clientele, like the tuna tarta with lotus root and soy tapioca ($6), and shrimp and foie gras dumplings ($6.50) served with a fresh grapefruit dipping sauce.
General Tsao would be turning in his grave.
Entree Price: $25-30
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