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[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

It's an American-Chinese rite of passage. You just haven't experienced American cuisine in its fullness until you've had deep fried shrimp with mayo-based walnut sauce. And if you're going to have it anywhere, you might as well have it at Amazing 66, where the large shrimp are crisp and sweet, their crust is firm and lacking in grease, and the sauce is sweet and nutty, but not overkill. The dish earns its "salad" name through an ample helping of broccoli along with sliced cherry tomato and melon—curious additions to the plate, but surprisingly not unwelcome.

The price of the dish, a whopping $19.95, may make you balk, but consider this: if you're going to indulge in a classic, don't you want it done right? Don't you want properly fried shrimp in a flawless battered crust, with only a judicious amount of mayo and properly toasted nuts? You do, and that's why you'll order this dish, if only once.

Amazing 66

66 Mott Street, New York, NY 10013 (map)
212-334-0099

About the author: Max Falkowitz is the editor of Serious Eats: New York. You can follow him on Twitter at @maxfalkowitz.

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