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La Chine - Waldorf Astoria New York - Permanently Closed

4.4
4.4
225 Reviews
$50 and over
Chinese
La Chine is an authentic culinary journey through China inspired by a desire to showcase the true depth of the country’s cuisine.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Seafood, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 872-4913

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for your interest in hosting an event or private dinner at La Chine. We look forward to working with you to create an unparalleled event in the heart of New York City.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (888) 701-7571

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Cross street

    50th

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking located at the Waldorf Astoria. Motorcade entrance on 50th Street (100 East 50th Street)) between Park and Lexington Avenues

  • Public transit

    6 Train, Grand Central Terminal, E Train

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 225 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.7Value

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner was superb.
  2. DB

    DBY1

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorry to see a great place have to close due to the Waldorf Astoria renovation. Let's hope it returns in a few years.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 23, 2017

    overall1food2service2ambience1
    This restaurant was a terrible disappointment. My husband and I thought it would be a treat to celebrate a special occasion. Instead it was AWFUL. The noise level was very high, the portions of food very small, the expense high for no value and the ambience poor - people dressed in torn tee shirts, waitresses not particularly devoted to serving you.Stay far away from this overpriced restaurant. The entire experience was a disgrace. Don't waste your money . Stay AWAY
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on February 22, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was attentive and knowledgeable. Each course was delicious and beautifully presented.
  5. M

    Mark

    New England

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Inventive dishes, well prepared and served attentively.
  6. YO

    YOYO

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Chinese food, real Peking duck here!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2017

    overall1food3service2ambience2
    This place is way overpriced given the quality of its food and service. Disappointed.
  8. f

    fwang

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2017

    overall3food2service2ambience4
    i had very high expectations having read reviews and looking at the website but i was disappointed in overall experience. the restaurant design is elegant and refined but the service was not up to standard for a fine dining establishment. the food was pretty to look at but serving temperature and actual taste was a disappointment. i cannot say that i would recommend La Chine.
  9. s

    sassysaveur

    New England

    76 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    76 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    A close to authentic Chinese feast. Yum, the bbq duck is moist and flavorful, ma po tofu is delish, ribs, shrimp, dumplings all great. Upscale Chinese with good service. Will go back next month when I'm back in NYC.
  10. D

    Dalcot

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Found hair in our food. The waiter forgot our food. Under staffed for a restaurant at this caliber.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    overall2food4service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Food was great - the eight hour soup was amazing! We dined for Restaurant Week and got upsold to also order the duck, which was excellent. We were not able to finish our meal and looked forward to having our leftovers today - only to find that we were given someone else's leftovers!!! Such a shame not to be able to enjoy the rest of the duck, the filet steak and the Szechuan chicken! Very disappointing for such an upscale establishment
  12. J

    Jayz8788

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2017

    overall1food2service1ambience5
    The waiter did not give out restaurant to anyone. We have to ask to get it. The table next to us experienced the same. Do not appreciate that.
  13. N

    Nyc122

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2017

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    This restaurant is closing down in 2 weeks. The service was bad and so was the food quality. There was a group seated with a dog next to our table. The dog didn't stop barking. The only thing the restaurant did was ask us if we wanted to be moved to another table. Wouldn't recommend it at all.
  14. g

    garryd

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience2
    good food....pretentious,often annoying waiter....condescending in attitude....
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for the restaurant week menu (with extra roast chicken) and definitely worth it! Excellent food, environment and service! Really enjoy tonight. Strong recommendation and I want to visit la chine again!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the authentic good and service in a very nice atmosphere
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very nice place. But it's closing soon.
  18. AM

    AMBNYC

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    The food was not spicy, as the descriptions indicated, but everything was very good.
  19. AD

    AnthonyD

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2017

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Elegant surroundings and wonderfully inventive execution of both traditional Chinese dishes and vegetables, fish and meats not often found on the Chinese menu. Great wine pairings and delightful cocktails.
  20. N

    Nogoodnyck

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite restaurant in New York. Food and service are impeccable.
  21. k

    kiorapeng

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall5food3service3ambience5
    I found the ambiance of this restaurant was excellent. It is perfect for a group of friends who want to enjoy a nice meal and have a good time(not a loud bar scene). The music genre, the service pace and the crowd of the guests are exactly what i expected for a Chinese New Year's eve dinner. It is between casual and fine dining, so prepare yourself for a relaxing, fun and intimate dining experience. Food there is yummy. It is Chinese food but obviously affected by French cuisine. It has Chinese elements with French delicacy. It is worth the value if you combine the food and the ambience . I think the cocktail is a bit overly priced. would love to go back more often not just for special occasion if the price for the drinks can be more reasonable.
  22. L

    Leonardo

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    3.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall3food4service1ambience3
    Good food but the table service is terrible.
  23. SC

    StephenC

    New York Area

    205 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    205 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2017

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Gorgeous restaurant, great service, very good food.
  24. E

    Elmer

    New York Area

    130 reviews

    4.0

    130 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Excellent Midtown Asian Option Had not been to La Chine before, and went for restaurant week in the evening. Very nice decor and good vibe, particularly given the locale. Food was well executed, however a little less than ambitious, and each course was better than the last. Fluke sashimi was especially good, though small in portion, as were the beef and chicken mains. Service was exceptional. Would recommend, particularly for someone not too adventurous or experienced as to Asian cuisine.
  25. YR

    YaelR

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Very creative Asian food served tastefully on equally creative plates. Good service and quiet!
  26. D

    Davidschu

    New York Area

    291 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    291 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It is too bD this place will have to close soon, along with the ret of the Waldorf. Outstanding food and service, as good as it gets. We shared all the dishes on the NY Restaurant Week menu, and they were sensational. Will continue for 2 more weeks. Go while you still can!
  27. LP

    LilPear

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It's the finest Chinese dining I've had in NYC. The food is superb, the setting is elegant chic and Chinese-inspired. I like that it's not too noisy and the service is 5 stars. It is on the pricier side.
  28. H

    Hsw2014

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall2food4service1ambience5
    I indicated in my reservation that I was celebrating a special birthday. On my way out I asked if they ever saw my comments. They looked embarrased but did not say much except they were sorry. Didnt like that- felt sloppy. At a restaurant like La Chine once you say something you should not need to remind the wait staff or hostess. Have dined here before- waiter was not knowledgeable or helpful with the menu. Too bad because the food is really delicious.
  29. G

    Gevalt

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    the food and service were excellent. sadly the place will be closing next month.
  30. JG

    JustGoodFood

    New York Area

    28 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The ambiance was perfect for our party of 7. They had us in one of the 'alcoves' which are beautiful and spacious. Food was pretty good, but not as good as Shun Lee or Mr. K's. We tried about 10 different dishes: spare rib appetizer and sea bass entree were the standounts. Service was attentive although not warm. Server advised us poorly on their cocktail menu, but accommodated our kids well.
  31. F

    Foodlover

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2017

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Atmosphere nice, food good quality but quite expensive. Had theater tickets and ran rather late and just made it in time, so allow plenty of time for dining here.
  32. b

    betsy

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2017

    overall4food5service1ambience3
    In spite of wonderful food, it took 15 minutes before a waiter arrived at our table, although the room was quite empty. He was busy chatting with another table. Infuriating.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    8 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience2
    It was an average dining experience. I wasn't blown away by the food as I was hoping to be, although I will say the duck was outstanding. Service was also less than I would expect for the price point of the restaurant and for a Waldorf owned establishment.
  34. p

    pups

    New York Area

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2017

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    A very, very good, elegant restaurant with innovative Chinese food. Such a shame that it's closing at the end of February. Dine there can you can.
  35. JJ

    JoyJ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    In the Saturday snow storm, my boyfriend and I ventured out for an amazing dining experience. Oysters - so delicious. Ribs - delicious. The duck amazing. Service impeccable. So sad this place will be closing during the Waldorf's renovations. A memorable evening.
  36. r

    rbridge42

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Loved the "Ginseng" cocktail and the care with which it was made. We were going to have wine with dinner, but the spicy ginger flavor in the cocktail complemented the meal so well, that I just add more cocktails instead. The bartender was professional and friendly. The bar seating was comfortable. Our request for dinner seating within the lovely framed booths was honored (loved the velvet pillow). Our server, Jean-Jacques, was courteous, attentive, thorough, helpful and friendly. We enjoyed everything and especially loved the wanchai beef (entree) and long beans (side dish). We are very particular when it comes to hot food (i.e. it should be served very hot, not just sort of hot) - and this restaurant served every dish PIPING hot and cooked to perfection. If you are willing to avert your eyes when it comes to the prices and focus instead on the beauty and flavor of the food and the relaxing ambiance, I think you will love the meal and the experience. We enjoyed the close proximity to Grand Central Station for a quick trip home. We hope one day to try the Afternoon Tea.
  37. a

    afoodielivesinnewyorkcity

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2017

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The service is not like a high end restaurant. We wait for the beef over 30 minutes!! But they gave us a free dish as a sorry thing. The dessert pear is too sweet! The overall food quality and food price is good and reasonable.
  38. e

    excellent

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    La Chine restaurant is by far the BEST Chinese restaurant to go to. Amazing staff, great ambiance and the food is very authentic. I would recommend this restaurant to whom would like to have a very nice dinner and appreciate Chinese gourmet food.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall1food1service4ambience2
    Preis - Leistung Verhältnis stimmt überhaupt nicht!!!
  40. M

    Marcelo412

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2016

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It does worth every penny, and will be a lot of pennies. The smoked mackerel is just outstanding. Perfect fusion between French and Chinese cuisines.

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La Chine - Waldorf Astoria New York - Permanently Closed is rated 4.4 stars by 225 OpenTable diners.

Permanently Closed

This restaurant is permanently closed.

Additional information

  • Cross street

    50th

  • Neighborhood

    Midtown East

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday 5:30pm - 10:00pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Seafood, Asian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Valet Parking located at the Waldorf Astoria. Motorcade entrance on 50th Street (100 East 50th Street)) between Park and Lexington Avenues

  • Public transit

    6 Train, Grand Central Terminal, E Train

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, High Tea, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 872-4913

  • Private party facilities

    Thank you for your interest in hosting an event or private dinner at La Chine. We look forward to working with you to create an unparalleled event in the heart of New York City.

  • Private party contact

    Private Dining Coordinator: (888) 701-7571

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