Michelin Star Northern Chinese cuisine served in an elegant, glitzy venue evoking the Shanghai 1920s Art Deco era with a pinch of crack. What’s not to love?!

Hutong New York is the first North American restaurant within the international Aqua Restaurant Group franchise. The New York menu incorporates signature dishes from Hong Kong and London as well as new dishes created exclusively for the New York City restaurant.

Our feast consisted of the following:

  • Roasted Peking Duck and Pancakes
  • Truffle Shiitake and Wild Mushroom Bao
  • Dim Sum Platter - Lobster Squid-ink, Pickled Chilli Cod, Rosé Champagne Shrimp and Spinach Dumplings
  • Red Lantern - Soft-shell Crab
  • Mapo Tofu
  • Kai-lan

Presentation sizzles before the eye as they do on the tongue. Master-crafted buns that mimic shiitake mushrooms. Dumplings with flavours as distinct as their hues.

Renowned for their crowd-pleaser Peking Duck, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to make this occasion even more spectacular. The duck is hand-carved at the table, served with delicate translucent pancakes, slivers of cucumber and scallions, and fruity hoisin sauce. Each slice glistened with the perfect ratio of fat underneath the crispy golden brown skin, while the meat remained moist, tender, and flavourful. So supple that it melts in your mouth.

The Mapo Tofu pleasurably numbed my human experience. This is one of the best Mapo Tofu I've tried to date. Mouth-vibrating mala heat, arousing aromatics, and tofu so silky it deserves its own thread count. Rice is absolutely not optional.

Red Lantern conceals six delectable deep-fried soft-shell crabs beneath a field of dried whole chillies. The spices on the crabs’ brittle crust provide a lightly sweet modicum of heat.

Yes, it’s an unapologetically ostentatious place, but it’s New York and worth a stop.

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