Must try: Dim Sum, pumpkin-duck puffs
Hakkasan, the famous London based Chinese Restaurant, has opened its doors in Manhattan.
This huge 11,000-square-foot spot is accessed through an unmarked door, which opens into a trendy, Asian accented interior. Hakkasan definitely caters to a more Westernized notion of Chinese food and a hipper clientele.
Be prepared people…… the menu is excessively priced with some offerings like the Peking duck with Kaluga caviar at $295 or the braised Japanese Abalone With black truffle for upto $888! No matter which way you dice it…you will leave there with a hole in your pocket.
The smart way to experience Hakkasan, if you must, without spending a small fortune, is to go there for lunch where you get “A Taste of Hakkasan” at $29 for three courses.
So how is the food? I think at Hakkasan, they do certain dishes really well. The dim sum is really outstanding and I really enjoyed the pumpkin-duck puffs.
Is Hakkasan worth all the hype? I think that remains to be seen. New York City is a tough market and even with multiple successful locations around the world, to make it here – one needs that perfect “Je ne sais quoi”
In the meanwhile I definitely think it’s worth a try.
Here is some of what we ate:
Steamed Dimsum selection