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What to order at high-end Cantonese restaurant Hakkasan

  • 16 April 2012

Taking business associates to a high-end Chinese restaurant can be impressive, but only if you display complete confidence in what you order — because nothing says "you can totally trust me with your money" like "you can totally trust me with your 中國式烤全乳豬!"

Display that level of culinary bravado at just-opened Hakkasan, the luxurious, marble-bedecked Cantonese restaurant that provides a decorous retreat for business parties.

Decadent delicacies abound, so demonstrate your savvy by ordering for the table:

First course: Try quail the way it was meant to be enjoyed (fried crispy) with pickled veggies. Or if you're feeling particularly flush, order the $888 braised Japanese abalone with black truffles. You know, either way.

Second course: The stir-fried lobster and mushrooms in "XO" sauce (dried seafood, spices, sesame oil) was developed exclusively for Hakkasan's New York location, nice for some "locals only" street cred.

Third course: The wok-fried Wagyu beef with spicy peanut sauce and sesame seeds should satisfy any parties still sulking over not going to Peter Luger.

The 200-deep wine list also features brilliant and lesser-known varietals (we recommend the smoky, citrus-tinged Greek Moschofilero), plus a sweet-tooth's nirvana of desserts.

So now you've got some much needed confidence in your Chinese. Or as they say in Chinese, "you da man, baby."

The Specifics

Hakkasan

311 W. 43rd Street
b/t 8th and 9th Avenue
(212) 776-1818

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