Diners nostalgic for Chinese food that doesn’t involve a takeout box should flock to this elegant banquet-style eatery. Highlights include the addictive, crisp-skinned Peking duck and seasonal soft-shell crabs served with a smoky black-bean sauce. The crown jewel is, surprisingly, dessert. Crisp-on-the-outside “fried soup” (panfried cakes of water-chestnut starch) is sweet and custardlike within.
|Venue name:||Shanghai Pavilion||Contact:|
1378 Third Ave
|Cross street:||between 78th and 79th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Daily 11:30am–10:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 77th St|
|Price:||Average main course: $16. AmEx, MC, V|