China Blue - NYC

3.6
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38 Reviews
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$50 and over
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Chinese

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China Blue is an elegant Shanghainese and Dim Sum restaurant. The interior is roomy and filled with antiques that set the mood for a classy dinner. Come in with a friend for lunch or with the family for dinner. Start out with an appetizer like the thousand year eggs in pickled chili sauce or the ribbon fish in wine sauce. Several dishes are gluten free such as the bean curd in spicy oil or the drunken chicken. China Blue offers several house made dim sum options such as the crab soup buns, Shanghai shumai or the radish puffs. Finish the meal with desserts like the red bean puff, the gluten-free pumpkin donuts or the eight jewel rice pudding.

China Blue has paired several wines and drinks to the dishes and indicates them on the menu, making it easy for you to know what to order for a perfect drink.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese
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Hours of operation
Monday - Sunday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
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(212) 431-0111
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AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Cross street
between Greenwich and Washington
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Parking details
Street Parking Free after 6pm on weekdays. Weekend has free parking all day. Garage parking also available before 6pm on Washington Street
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A,C,E, 1 to Canal Street. 5 minute walk west
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3.6based on all time ratings
3.8
food
3.3
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3.9
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73% of people would recommend it to a friend
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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2014
Overall4food5service3ambience5

They have a great space and were nice enough to accommodate our party in a separate room, which made the gathering fun. The food was good. The soup dumplings and steamed lamb buns were excellent. I had the chicken with chive flower which was very good and not greasy. We did notice however that they were a little slow in taking (and bringing out) the order and since we were all on our lunch break this was a concern for us. In addition, their Lunch Special menu on the internet says that they provide complimentary sides but I don't remember that we got any with our orders, nor did they even mention anything about this when we were ordering.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great authentic Chinese food in a very romantic and stylish atmosphere.

n
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2014
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a nice second effort by the team that brought us Cafe China. The food is very well done - the pork ribs were tender and melted off of the bone, the crispy duck had a nice crackle in the skin while being tender and moist on the inside. The soup dumplings were appropriately delicate. The restaurant is spacious, and broken up into various rooms so it doesn't appear cavernous. The decor transports you to Shanghai's Bund with little touches here and there of both contemporary and antique pieces.

C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2014
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Having been to the beloved Capsouto Freres many times over the years, it was bittersweet to try its replacement. The handsome room has been handsomely transformed to 1930s Shanghai quite successfully. We were a little disappointed in the food, but some of that may be due to the fact that we are not so familiar with regional Chinese cuisine.

l
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2014
Overall4food5service4ambience5

As a Shanghainese I know how hard to find a restaurant abroad that can really remind you of home. But this one serves dishes vary from home-cooking to nice restaurant quality dishes. The service is good too. However, you can not directly reserve from them. I had a party over 8, had to reserve for 7 on OpenTable and ask them to add more people in the notes.

DR
New England
48 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2014
Overall3food2service3ambience4

We would like to like this place. It is in our neighborhood - the food is okay - not great but okay. We had the soup dumplings which were great, served blisteringly hot. Things are fairly bland and glutenous, especially for those accustomed to Cantonese or Szechuan dishes. The place is great looking, tables are nicely spaced, and they have furnished it with antiques that make you feel like you are in 1930's China. Worst aspect is the paint smell, which permeates the whole place. This was our second trip, several months after we had noticed the smell the first time. The first time, I figured it was because the place is new, but now it should have dissipated. What's up with that - it kind of ruins the whole ambience.

Y
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were outstanding!! I live in the neiborhood and have eaten here many times. The service was horrible when they opened but now they've got it under control. I trek to Cafe China, their sister restaurant but now I don't have to, its sooo good!

A
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2014
Overall5food5service2ambience4

Had lunch there. Good time and very good dim sum. Service was just ok :( may come back for the food!

AA
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

very authentic. Also, a gorgeous interior. Space is a little big though - maybe they could create more private dining rooms?

n
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2014
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I live in Tribeca and it's always frustrating trying to find authentic Chinese food in a beautiful space. China Blue is great! I'm from Shanghai and the food here is very authentic -- lighter than Szechuan or Cantonese food -- and very fresh. The cocktails are fun and tasty. The space is beautiful. They gave it a fashionable Old Shanghai feel that's also laid back. The location is quite and cozy and there's a patio. I've enjoyed quite dinners there, but it also looks like there's a lot of space for accommodating big parties.

IL
Los Angeles
94 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2014
Overall4food4service3ambience2

It was surprisingly nice. Fresh and flavorful. The Fish in rice wine is to die for.

b
New York Area
59 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience3

I took a friend here for dinner, who had been wanting to go since they first opened. While the food was "okay", there was not one dish that stood out, in any way. Service was rushed and when people are ordering dim sum and then a variety of mains, should be more relaxed. One of the dishes, scallops with Chinese cucumbers, tasted like nothing but boiled water!

T
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2014
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Owned by the conscientious and ambitious and friendly X'ian, owner also of Cafe China (wonderful Szechuan place in midtown), China Blue is an attempt to bring authentic Shanghai cuisine to the NY foodie crowd in TriBeCa . He has created a lovely space, with potential to be a real hotspot for young foodies who I can envision crowding the long marble bar, enjoying exotic cocktails, and soaking up the ambiance of the old shanghai decor. Sadly, this is not yet the scene. The Thursday night I was there, the restaurant was sparsely attended and the bar empty, making for a feeling of desperation. Hopefully changes in the menu this spring will inspire the masses to come to this beautiful space and try some adventurous Asian food.

n
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to China Blue after having been to their sister restaurant, Cafe China, several times, and China Blue did not disappoint. The location is just slightly out of the way, but they have a huge space that is just as charming and cool as Cafe China which is more cramped. The COCKTAILS are fantastic, the service is attentive and interested in helping us understand more about food from Shanghai, which is their specialty. We brought a friend visiting from LA and he loved China Blue as well. A smoked carp appetizer was a stand out, but each and every dish was superb. Definitely worth heading to far west tribeca for this gem of a restaurant! LOVE IT!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I came here for lunch on a lookout for a good Chinese cuisine. We were not disappointed!

The first thing we noticed when we walked in was the beautiful decor (vintage like) & the delicious aroma that assaulted our senses the moment we stepped through the doors.

Service was wonderful and on point. The food was simply delicious! The menu follows true to typical Shanghainese style food. We ordered a little bit of everything with some recommendations from the Manager himself. I'd love to list what we ordered but OT limits how much we type here.

They have a great dim sum menu. I found a few items a bit steep but most of the menu was reasonably priced. Good lunch!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

*I want to say first and foremost I don't know what the complaints and negativity are talking about because we did not have the same experience. We're from Chicago, just moved to Tribeca. My husband & I are Chinese Food Fanatics.

Every1 from the Hostess all the way down to Waitstaff were attentive & very welcoming. We were seated immediately by the windows. I loved the window view! Very comfortable & inviting!

Everything was absolutely delicious! Everything came out on time. We were out in 1.5 hours. My husband is difficult to please because he is picky but he declared by the end of the night that this was the only Chinese Restaurant he will eat at in NYC.

We will definitely be here at least once a month or be ordering lots of take-out!

q
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Always yummy and always great service. Beautiful space. Can't wait to try their new weekend dim sum.

a
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2014
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Good food but the location is not easy to get, because there is no subway station nearby. I have to say the food is very good.

RC
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2014
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The hostess / seating policy is not the most accommodating but the bar and waitstaff are very nice, the food is good and ambiance is appropriate for a special occasion Chinese meal.

b
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2014
Overall1food2service1ambience3

Outrageously overpriced dishes that would have cost 1/4 of the price in Chinatown. Terrible service. Took 75 min for our entrees to come out -- and not everyone's arrived at the same time. Bill for 4 people (each ordered 1 entree and one drink - plus an order of dumplings for the table to split) was $198 before tip. Would never come back again. Felt like the biggest waste of money. Definitely nowhere near as good as the owners' original place, Cafe China.

R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience3

2 out if the 5 dishes we had were good. The rest was bland.

Service seemed amateur.

Won't be going back.

D
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2014
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Went for lunch. Right off the bat, we received very attentive and friendly service, from hostess to server. That's so refreshing these days — so many "Where to Eat Right Now" places have such snotty service. All dishes we ordered were server suggestions.

The dim sum was expensive and very good. Great, fresh ingredients. The Savory Bean Curd Wrap app was simply outstanding. The biggest disappointments were the lunch entrees, a chicken dish and a pork dish. Each was decidedly bland. They were served without rice, which was odd, not that rice would have added flavor.

The amicable service and the Savory Bean Curd Wrap might make me give China Blue a second try, but I'd have to call this restaurant overrated based on this experience.

BC
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2014
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Every dish here was excellent.
The soup dumplings and Shanghai shumai are the best I have ever had.
We had Winter Melon soup, which was pure of flavor with no corn starch or thickening;
Very tasty.
Main courses, including steamed sea bass, lamb in a clay pot, and sliced pork with pickled mustard greens, were
All taste sensations.
Nice cocktail and wine list.

b
London
35 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2014
Overall2food2service3ambience3

New restaurant waited a very long time for average food
Cocktails and wine very overpriced and white wine served warm sent back several times no excuse at 16.00 per glass. Also very un generous pour,
Pretty place but no reason to go back

OT
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Went for lunch and was extremely disappointed.

First of all even though they were empty we were seated in the less attractive small room in the back, under a metal structure that made you feel claustrophobic, even if you are not. The room smelled of paint. When we asked if we could sit in the front room we were told no, it is only used for dinner.

The service was slow and not very helpful, with only 3 of us in the entire restaurant they could not even remember who ordered which drink!

We tried a selection of the dim sum and they were ok, no better than any other place. The bill for 3 at lunch with no alcohol was $95++, way too much for what we got.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2014
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We entered the restaurant when it was almost empty. We ordered two appetizers and two entrees. After 40 mins, they brought one. 15 mins later, they told us they were out of the second one. After 1h30 mins, we received the first entree (sauteed tofu...). We never received the second one, we had something to attend... At least we did not have to pay (the guy just offered a discount at the beginning). How can a restaurant despise their customers and their time more than that ?

J
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2014
Overall1food2service1ambience3

A group of five of us booked a table for dinner. It took almost an hour and a couple of inquiries to the waiter ( who was never around) before the appetizers arrived. Everything was mediocre at best. A stir fry chicken dish that was ordered at the same time as the appetizers arrived as exactly the same tofu with ham dish that had been brought as one of the appetizers…..of course it was totally wrong but because we'd been there an hour and a half by then, we decided to skip entrees, pay the check and go and have dinner at a wonderful Greek restaurant around the corner. It's sad that this beautiful space in one of the coolest neighborhoods in New York City is so poorly managed. Never again!

T
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The steamer was down so no soup dumplings. Grrrr!

w
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2014
Overall2food2service2ambience2

We wanted to love this place based on the description we heard about it. However, the décor was very dull. The service, while friendly, was quite disorganized. We had four separate items from the menu, two of the items were good, one of the items was fair, and one of the items was poor.

DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

China Blue has taken over the old Capsuto Freres location and made it as lovely and poignant as your favorite movie by Wong Kar Wei. We were a party of six, and our table was spacious and, even better, there was no need to shout from one end to the other: we enjoyed that rarest of pleasures in New York -- a restaurant meal, in a crowded room, where we could hear each other speak! Our waiter was charming and gave us good advice about the menu: the crispy eel was a particular standout and the Peking duck was served with ceremonial elegance. The decor harkens back to another place and era in a way that is delightfully understated, as is the eponymous blue, a wonderful pale turquoise.

p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2014
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The service and atmosphere were very good. The dumplings were excellent, but other dishes (tofu, fish, pork etc. ordered) were ok, no any surprise. Very expensive compared to other Chinese restaurants in mid-town. Would go back sometimes, but won't be my regular place for Chinese food

P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

China Blue continues the excellence of its founders, who previously received a Michelin star for their initial foray - Cafe China in Murray Hill. The space had previously housed Capsuto Freres for decades, which was a neighborhood institution.

Post-Sandy, the transition began, and the final product is an excellent new addition to an already exceptional culinary scene. The staff was courteous and attentive, the food was terrific - especially the soup dumplings and West Lake Fish in Vinegar sauce and the Spicy Shredded Beef.

I highly recommend the restaurant, for either big groups or a special evening.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2014
Overall3food4service2ambience2

Food was really good with some interesting variations, and variety of flavors not usually available at your average Chinese sit down. If they can get the service up to snuff, they may be able to fill out the huge space they have.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2014
Overall1food1service2ambience3

pretentious, very mediocre food. would avoid

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2014
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are looking for authentic Shanghainese food that is delicious and elegantly prepared, try China Blue.
We have been here 4 times since opening, and the food is consistently excellent if you order carefully.
Outstanding dishes:
Pan-fried pork buns (as good as the best Shanghai street food - juicy, flavorful, hot, soft/crisp - a flavor bomb)
Crab soup dumplings (better than Joe's Shanghai or other Chinatown favorites - these are smaller with more delicate skin)
Scallion pancake (tender and flaky)
Winter melon and ham soup (smoky and hot - perfect for winter time)
Shanghai smoked duck (if you like Peking Duck or London Crispy Duck, try this. Duck is moist and flavorful, skin is crispy and sweet, not too fatty).
Service was excellent

T
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2013
Overall1food2service1ambience3

I went there with my wife and some friends to enjoy a nice dinner before a movie. The service began fairly well, the waiter was nice but didn't know too much about the menu. We ordered soup dumplings, which were great. Then food started to come out slowly (about 10 minute increments). I was unaware that we needed to order rice with the food -- would have been helpful to know that. At any rate, everyone got their food, but I never got mine. It was about 30 minutes before anyone came over to talk to us. We got there at 6:30, and left by 8:30. By that time, we missed our movie, I never got to eat. It was a miserable experience.

SE
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2013
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The best Chinese food in NYC in a beautiful setting

M
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2013
Overall4food5service3ambience2

It's too bad because the food is excellent, but the ambiance was, well depressing. It's a big space to fill and the decor is seriously lacking. I know they are new and hope they have plans to add some art and better decor. The music was awful. It went from the Beatles to some depressing stuff. They were nice enough to change. The host was great, but our waiter was clearly a newbie who barely new English. We had to say everything several times. But back to the food. Very inventive and not your typical greasy over sauced chinese. I hope the improve the experience side of things.