Location: 33 East 60th Street
Cuisine: Chinese (Beijing Style)
Best Dish: The ribs are by far some of the best we’ve had thus far.
Overall: Despite its glamorous fans and dress code, Philippe Chow is a comfortable casual dining experience. Though the potential celebrity sightings are a fun and voyeuristic reason to visit the food and exemplary service is what will keep you coming back.
If you want to eat like a celebrity while in New York City, you simply must get yourself to Philippe Chow. This quaint unassuming venue is as popular for its celebrity sightings as it is for its cuisine. Executive Chef Philippe Chow designed a menu that is filled with tasty Beijing style fare, presented artfully and portioned generously. The portions are designed to share for a fun surprisingly casual experience despite the high end glamorous clientele. On any given night, since celebrities don’t have curfews, you can be sure to spot entertainers, athletes and reality stars. We went on a Tuesday night and the space was buzzing with excited patrons enjoying plates of tasty edibles. Whether you are actual big deal or you simply think you are, prepare to be treated well by the staff. The friendly hostess ushered us down the stairs from the chic bar area into the comfortable dining space. We sat in a corner booth near the stairs, a great position to be in as it allowed us to look over the entire space with ease. Despite the electric atmosphere and dim lighting celebrity sighting is relatively easy, though when your food arrives you will likely forget all about what anyone else is doing or having. The sumptuous menu is full of familiar dishes as well as several signature items from the well-known chef.
We kicked off our meal with a round of premium cocktails. My Foodie Bestie had the Bangkok Banana a sweet cocktail of Malibu Banana, peach schnapps, pineapple juice and grenadine. I ordered the powerful Philippe Passion. Despite its fruity color this is delicious drink packs a punch. This is made with Grey Goose Poire, Ciroc Peach, mango, lemon juice, and cranberry.
While working on our beverages we were presented with our appetizers. We are major carnivores so we started with the glazed Spare Ribs. The ribs are tender and juicy with a savory sweet glaze. We were so engrossed in our ribs we didn’t even notice two NBA legends, Patrick Ewing and Ralph Dalton’s arrival two tables away from us. We would have continued to not notice them if it weren’t for the excited conversation and camera flashes from the table directly next to theirs. Though such close proximity to basketball legends was exhilarating, we knew he would likely still be there after we polished off our ribs so we went back to our meal.