January 25th marks the Chinese New Year and gives the start of the Year of the Rat. We at BroadwayPass are huge admirers of Chinese culture, especially Chinese cuisine. That is why we’ve picked up several Chinese restaurants that we enjoy visiting.
What do our friends and staff say:
Top class place – service, interior, dishes. An all-rounder!
Amazing vegetarian food near the NY City Center and Radio City Music Hall
Red Peony is a rather new, and very classy Chinese restaurant. Located at a 10-minute walk from Theatre District, it is a great option if you’re visiting the New York City where you can see Matthew Bourne’s Swan Lake, or Radio City Music Hall to see Dancing with the Stars or Riverdance. The place is communicative with the 7th Avenue subway station being just near-by, and so is 6th Avenue.
Red Peony offers a wide range of dishes like Shanghainese, Dim Sum, and Cantonese. The menu is very rich, with great offers for appetizers, soup, Dim Sum, seafood, beef, poultry, pork, and vegetarian. The Chef Special and Szechuan and Cantonese style are the two jewels of their crown, but more on them – later. All of the dishes are spicy and with a very rich taste. If you are a chicken lover then you must try the diced chicken and shrimp with plum sauce (yes, plum sauce), or General Tso’s chicken. The beef and pork are all top-level, but my votes go to Orange beef, and the Moo Shu Pork. The Cantonese Dim Sum (a bit different than the regular steamed buns) are top-notch, with the seafood ones are my favorites. Speaking of seafood – it’s always fresh and delicious. You can’t get it wrong here, but the Jumbo shrimps with meat sauce or the roasted squid are the most famous around. The vegetables are not to be passed easily. The fried bean curd, the sautéed asparagus, and the black mushrooms w bok choy are as good as they can get.
The Chef’s special are what truly stands out on the menu. The Peking duck is probably the finest around, the lobster with the scallion sauce is amazing, and the sea cucumber is something rare, but delish and worth tasting. The Szechuan and Cantonese style are the specials’ rivals. The King Crab rules here, with the Chilean bass and Hong Kong Prawns, come close second.
You know a place is very beautiful when it has the name of a flower. It’s a very classy place. The interior is probably the same as that of a hall in the Forbidden City and is a perfect complement to the fine dishes they serve. The service is superb – polite, smiling, swift and always ready to help you with all they can. All this just adds to the Chinese royal vibe that the place has.
So if you want to visit some of Broadway’s finest with us and get a trip to China, then don’t hesitate and head to Red Peony.
24 W 56th St, New York City, NY 10019-3804
0.3 miles from Rockefeller Center