Arriving from Hong Kong in the late ’70s, Philippe Chow was quickly swept up into the new upscale Chinese dining trend. He would go on to spend 25 years working in the kitchen for the already legendary restauranteur Michael Chow (no relation), at the NYC outpost of the super swanky celeb-magnet Mr. Chow.
A decade ago, the by-then celebrated Chef Philippe opened his first namesake restaurant on New York’s Upper East Side, and has been serving up Beijing-style dishes to a distinctly cosmopolitan crowd – it remains an uptown hotspot. So it made sense then, that he would eventually make his way down below 23rd street – and so the dazzling new Philippe Chow Downtown arrived this month to much fanfare.
The subterranean location at the Dream Downtown hotel, is a visually decadent oasis, with a mirrored staircase, gold leafed ceiling, bold red accents – which signifies good fortune and joy in Chinese culture – a dark, sexy bar area and, naturally, a gold bamboo encased DJ booth. The all-day and late-night menu features Chow’s signature classics like salt and pepper lobster, Peking duck carved tableside with freshly made pancakes, and dim sum options made from hand-pulled noodles and dumplings.
The great culinary master was kind enough to share with BlackBook his inimitable recipe for Chow’s Velvet Chicken. But we highly recommend visiting Philippe Downtown post haste, to enjoy it in the proper surrounds.