33 East 60th St. (Tel.: 212-644-8885)
This sleek, contemporary interior is home to Philippe Chow’s creative vision of Beijing cuisine. It also offers one of the most reasonable lunchtime prix fixes in this part of town. The chicken lettuce wrap is challenging to eat but worth the effort. The spicy velvet chicken is a lighter alternative to the crispy beef—both of which are delicious. End the meal with some coconut sorbet; your palette will be cleansed, you won’t feel bloated, and your wallet won’t be depleted.