Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar
Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar

Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.lotusbluebar.com/
  • Phone: 2122673777x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday- Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
    Happy Hour: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian, Chinese
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout
  • Entertainment: Broadway Wednesday

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between West Broadway and Church Street
  • Public Transit: 1,2 and 3 trains stop at Chambers Street; A and C stop at Chambers Street; 4,5 and 6 stop at Brooklyn Bridge City Hall; R train stops at City Hall; J and Z trains stop at Chambers Street.
  • Parking: No
  • Parking Details: Mon-Sun free street parking after 6pm
A word from Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar
First full service Yunnan restaurant in New York City.
Authentic Chinese cooking techniques with modern approaches, thus we go Cross-Bridge and beyond.
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Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
6 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food4.2
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (4)good for groups (2)great for lunch (2)neighborhood gem (1)great for brunch (1)special occasion (1)Show More
  • Fantastic Yunnan Food
    foodieNYC
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Really traditional Southwestern Chinese food. For those who are fans of REAL Chinese food, this is the place to go!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy
    winebox
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Absolutely delicious food. Perhaps the closest to real Yunnan food I've had
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Choose your dish carefully
    since2011VIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Went here because I wanted to try the different spiced and herbal flavors of Yunnan cuisine, and a light lunch on a hot day. The good news is, they have a lunch menu featuring less expensive small plates. Bad news is, choice is limited. I first ordered rice noodles with mushrooms and greens. The noodles were very good, tubular, chewy and more substantial than standard flat rice noodles, and there were plenty of greens and mushrooms. But the mushrooms themselves were bland, as was the light chicken broth. This dish would have been better as a stir fry, with more herbs thrown in. The spicy chicken bits were boneless and much more flavorful (although I had to navigate around the chunks of hot pepper). Service was professional.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food4
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 20 reviews are from the Lotus Blue Restaurant Bar reviews archive.
  • distinctly different
    robbVIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    excellent, distinct dishes different from the usual Chinese; very friendly service
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  • great Yunnan Cusine
    bliu
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    excellent food, nice interior décor, good service, perfect for families and friends dine out, don't miss it! recommend: traditional steamer chicken, bamboo rice, pork belly, love all the dishes we had!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinese food with sophistication
    LoriBVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Lotus Blue is an exceptional Chinese food restaurant. I first went to Lotus Blue with a friend, whose Chinese friend from business school recommended this restaurant. It has first class food. Make sure you try to mushroom and chicken soup in a pot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dine with friend at 8 pm,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    Dine with friend at 8 pm, it was crowded. Good thing that we had made a reservation. Food was good but no surprise. I will say better try if you never go there, but I will not go again.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service
    Luis
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Tasty food and very good service. A little bit too spice for my taste but the experience was good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food was delicious and staff
    Lin310
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    Food was delicious and staff was friendly and accomodating.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LOVE LOVE LOVE This restaurant.
    pacman
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    LOVE LOVE LOVE This restaurant. The food was outstanding. Need to clean up the entrance way to the back but overall I would recommend it to anyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Temperature set too low or no heat
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    I had been there twice. The food there were good. But they don't set heat on. The place was cold both times in the lunch time. I have the leave my coat on during the lunch, and I noticed that some other people had their coats on as well. I suspect that the restaurant turn of the heat after closing. Therefore, when they turn on heat start opening for lunch, it was really cold in there without heat for long hours. Even kept my coat, it was still cold there. I have been to many other restaurants, none of them operating without heat on.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Regular Chinese food will
    Wolf
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    Regular Chinese food will never taste the same, Lotus is completely different will terrific choices
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My husband and I stopped in
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 12/6/2013
    My husband and I stopped in Lotus Blue for a quick dinner before a movie this past weekend. The atmosphere was really fun and trendy. Fun drink menu, and lots of choices on the food menu, but be aware of the SPICE! In both the food and the drinks! We asked the waiter to help us pick the least spicy chicken and neither of us could stomach the dish. The food in general wasnt that great, to be honest. Besides the spicy chicken dish, we picked at a couple of starters, and nothing stood out as being great. The ribs we ordered were very fatty. I would probably not go back here again.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Calm stylish atmosphere. 3.5 stars?
    Tholepin
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    We had a great time because the atmosphere was nice and the choices were interesting (had never tried Yunnan cuisine before). The scallion pancakes and the smoked duck were both good, though not super healthy (somewhat greasy, though tasted great). The special soup we had (chicken, shrimp, vegetables) was more healthy, but quite bland. They get props for not using any MSG though, the food felt real.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was extremely spicy
    SammyVIP
    Dined on 11/6/2013
    We went with a group to this restaurant as it is new in our neighborhood. Although the reviews were good, i disagree. There was limited food for vegans or vegetarians, and those dishes that they did have were extremely spicy. The food was reasonably priced, but the quality was not very good. Scallion panckaes were greasy and although they told us to order some of the tofu dishes, they were not mild at all and indeed were too spicy to eat. we will not be going back.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food was just cheap Chinese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2013
    Food was just cheap Chinese with a nicer sign. Very disappointing.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hot, Cool and Spicy
    Danbobfred
    Dined on 10/27/2013
    We loved this place. Lots of energy and bright colors, and our waiter was thoroughly entertaining and helpful. The menu is atypical and we just dove into things we didn't recognize just to try them. We were really suprised by the variety of hot spices mixed with cool veggies and fruits. Plates are large so don't go overboard on apps. Priced really well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This was our first time here
    luv2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2013
    This was our first time here - ans we will definitely be coming back again and again!! LOVED the AMAZING food!! Everything was delicious!! Our waiter was wonderful and so helpful. He helped us select our dishes - one was better than the next. The menu is extensive - there are so many more things we want to try! This restaurant is a gem - a great find!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • distinctive tastes
    robbVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Very distinct flavors; delicious dishes. Not the usual Chinese menu. Well worth it; reasonable prices as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Truly one of a kind
    Jessejessnyc
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    An experience. The type of place you would go out of your way for. So close to Holland tunnel and free parking on street if you are savvy. Great place to meet friends and split a bill, or even treat yourself. Affordable. Family style and just cool all around being the Only spot to find the style of Chinese cuisine. My new spot.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • authentic and spicy
    lovegoodfood
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    one of the best asian restaurants in the city! the food is authentic Yunnan cuisine and they don't stint on the spices. if you are not adventurous, don't like spicy food and don't care about authenticity, this is not for you. service can be a bit slow, but the cocktails make waiting less of a bummer! personal favorites: banana blossom salad, yunnan style steamed sole fillets, steamed pork belly, long horn chili chicken. flank steak stir fry, stir fried smoked tofu. go with a few friends so you can share dishes and get a taste of everything! desserts were kinda blah.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Lovely Experience
    Choverty
    Dined on 9/23/2013
    I found out about this restaurant from one of CBS' Dining Deal segments, and a group of friends and I tried it a few weeks ago. Food was excellent and I especially enjoyed how intimate the ambience was. Waiter was attentive bringing lots of water given the spice-o-meter was on point! The dessert menu was displayed on a chinese fan. How unique! I will be going back! ! !
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Chinese in Tribeca
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    If you're looking for great Chinese food, Yunnan cuisine in particular, then head for the triangle below Canal and score a table at Lotus Blue. Not your typical NYC "egg roll joint," Lotus Blue packs a lot of flavor into its courses, including its pork or mushroom dumplings, its rice noodle soups or its array of fish dishes. The service is great and the setting is casual but clean and well-appointed. And don't forget to order a specialty cocktail, which are 2-for-1 between 5 and 7 pm.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.