Adam Platt disses Wakiya big-time in New York magazine this week. He asks: "So when, exactly, did the glamour and mystery of Chinese cuisine disappear from New York?"
A valid question, but I feel compelled to report that Platt gave a less-than-stellar review to Chinatown Brasserie, a credible and would-be Chinese food glamour spot, when it opened. Its dumpling chef, Joe Ng, is certainly the greatest dim sum chef in New York. The stir-fry dishes have been hit and miss at Chinatown Brasserie, but I must admit that I actually haven't been there since management put Ng in charge of all aspects of the kitchen. BTW, the Chinese barbecue has been excellent as well. I'm going to eat there next week, so I'll keep you posted.
But I digress.
Two people whose taste buds I have profound respect for especially when it comes to Chinese food told me last week that the food at Wakiya was awful. Three strikes and you might be out, Wakiya.
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