Take Me to Tang Pavilion for Chinese Food in Midtown
65 West 55th Street
New York, NY 10019
(212) 956-6888 | Map
New York certainly doesn't suffer from a lack of Chinese restaurants, but have you ever noticed how difficult it is to find a restaurant that serves good Chinese food outside of Chinatown? Or that the food tastes the same no matter where you get it? Well, if you head to Tang Pavilion in Midtown, you'll be pleasantly surprised.
When we were seated at our table, a plate of pickles and a plate of seasoned peanuts were immediately placed in front of us. I was grateful to have something to nibble on while we considered all of the options on the menu because the menu consisted of several pages worth of dishes.
To start the meal, the members of the Lehigh Dinner Club, shared an order of Scallion Pancakes ($6.50) and Soup Dumplings ($6.95). The Scallion Pancakes were flavorful, light and crispy, and the Soup Dumplings were comforting welcome addition to our meal since the restaurant was chilly from the air-conditioning. The broth on the inside was slightly salty but it complimented the meatiness of the pork. So far, so good.
In true Dinner Club form, we ordered a bunch of main dishes to share: Ma-Po To-Fu ($10.95), Fried Rice ($8.95), Sweet and Sour Pork Shanghai Style ($11.25), and Orange Chicken. The tofu was spicier than we all expected, so it took us a while to find the bottom of that plate, but we didn't waste any time clearing the other plates. The Sweet and Sour Pork and the Orange Chicken were prepared nicely with an even balance between the batter on the outside and the meat on the inside. I'd definitely order all of those dishes again.
But I think the best part of the whole meal was when the dessert came out. We were given fresh fruit and fortune cookies, and guess who got the best fortune?
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