Dadong is the first U.S. outpost of the Chinese chain spearheaded by China’s most famous and influential chef, Dong Zhenxiang. The restaurant’s signature dish is the Peking duck.
This upscale Chinese restaurant has been on my radar for a couple of months now because I heard it was the new “hip and trendy” place to visit in Manhattan.
So, When I realized that DaDong was a part of the summer New York City restaurant week, I knew I had to immediately check them out (for a discount price… so I thought)
While I ordered from the Restaurant Week menu, two lychee martinis and a side order of Wagyu fried rice on top of my $42, 3-course restaurant week meal and the bill was easily $100. In any event, my server was nice enough to throw in a complimentary dessert, which I appreciated. However, the dessert was a little “weird” and not really my taste.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal at DaDong and while I thought it was a bit overpriced, the flavors were decent. However, you’ve been warned, DaDong is not a classic Chinese restaurant, so if that is what you want, DaDong is probably not the restaurant for you.
P.S. The Wagyu fried rice is a must-try if you decide to visit DaDong!!
Cuisine: Upscale Chinese, Fine Dining
Must-Try: Wagyu Fried Rice
Overall Grade: B-