Philippe in New York's tony Upper East Side is a virtual melting pot of Park Avenue ladies dressed in Chanel, Housewives Of New York City cast members, rap moguls, foodies and folks on first dates dressed their best and trying to impress. They have already garnered acclaim for their crispy Peking Duck (it's $75 for a two-person seven-pound portion but several regular diners there have revealed to financefoodie.com that they need their fix at least once per month with no regards to the cost)! All the dishes are actually prepared (and priced) for two, but some of them are--in all honesty--big enough for four.
We had the Wok Fried Pork Dumplings ($12) as an appetizer and the tender, juicy pork inside exploded in your mouth--and we have to say that these were not oily in the least (as fried pork dumplings are in many Chinese restaurants). We also ordered Scallion Pancakes ($12) --the pancakes were firm and tasty and almost tasted like they had cornmeal in them, and there was a diversity of onion types used. They were a definite departure from the scallion pancakes traditionally served in the city's Asian-American eateries.
33 East 60th Street
New York, NY 10021
[Photos: Anne M. Raso]