My mom is away on business in Denver. So, on Sunday, November 6, 2011, my awesome dad decided to take me out to dinner at Philippe (by Philippe Chow) for some nice father and son time. The cuisine is Chinese, but really “Wow!” Chinese food!
There was no real traffic and we got a spot literally right in front of the restaurant. When we got inside, we feasted!
We started out with a round of drinks. My dad ordered the Sheng Lung Cocktail (Grey Goose Vodka, muddled Asian pear with basil, fresh squeezed lemon juice, honey syrup). I ordered the Midnight Mojto (Stoli Blueberry, fresh mint, muddled fresh blueberries, simple syrup, splash of fresh squeezed lime juice, and a splash of soda). We both liked both of our drinks, but agreed that my dad’s was better.
Up next, appetizers.
We started with an order of Chef Chow’s Lettuce Wraps (chicken). They were delicious. The hoisin sauce was not too light or too heavy. You try not to overfill each wrap so as to actually be able to eat each one in a civilized manner. So, you use all of the lettuce before you finish the chicken. But that was not a problem as our lettuce supply was replenished before we even hit empty and without our asking. I found that to be a very nice touch.
Along with the lettuce wraps, we had the Crunchy Duck Salad (sesame/soy vinaigrette). It was quite tasty and the dressing was well-balanced. I only started eating duck a little over a year ago. I like duck!
Rounding out our triple play of appetizers was an order of the Pork Soup Dumplings (Chef Chow’s supreme broth). Soup dumplings are so much fun and these were good, but we both agreed the soup dumplings at Petite Soo Chow in Cliffside Park, New Jersey are much better.
Now, it was on to our main course. Dishes are generally served family style at Philippe.
We had the Nine Seasons Spicy Prawns (Chef Chow’s famous spicy sweet and sour sauce).
We ordered it with a side of Pork Fried Rice.
The shrimp were plump and juicy and the sauce was just the right level of spicy. The fried rice was a perfect side for it. This was a truly delicious dish. It was the first thing that popped out at both of us while reading the menu and we were quite happy with our selection.
During our main course and dessert, we had our second round of drinks.
I ordered the Shanghai Philippe (Stoli Strawberry, Elderflower syrup, muddled fresh strawberries, champagne).
My dad ordered the Pear Fection (Absolut Pear, TY KU liquor, muddled fresh Asian pear, fresh squeezed lemon/lime juice, and a splash of simple syrup). Again, we liked each other’s drinks, but my dad’s was the much better. In fact, of the four drinks we had, the Pear Fection was the absolute best!
For dessert, my dad ordered the Peanut Butter Pie, which was quite tasty and not too heavy, as a dish like the could easily be.
I ordered the Red Velvet Cake. It was extremely light but also very flavorful.
We had a great time and our stomachs left quite pleased with us. If you have a chance to go to Philippe, take it! It is pricy, but worth it!
33 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10065
– Evan Bindelglass
(Photos taken with iPhone 4)