Philippe Chow: easily one of the most famous names within the New York City food scene. Formerly the renowned chef of Mr. Chow, Philippe is considered one of the top Asian culinary geniuses of our time. Ever since opening their doors in 2005, Philippe Chow has been offering family-style Beijing cuisine in a dimly light & sexy setting. Their A-list clientele includes some of entertainments most notable stars such as Rihanna, Kobe Bryant, and the who's who of the New York City social elite.
From the moment you step foot into Philippe Chow, you're transported into a luxurious oasis fit for a top notch dining experience. This isn't your typical Chinese takeout, folks. Here you'll find some of the cities best pecking duck as declared by the New York Observer, some of the tastiest cocktails, and yes -- the best red velvet cake that I have ever had in my life.
THE FOOD BREAKDOWN:
If it's one dish that I can look at and immediately know where to find it, it's Philippe Chow's Chicken Satay. I have seen photos of this dish more times than I can count, long before Instagram #foodporn existed and social media dictated what we ordered while dining out. Much different from the untraditional "traditional" way of thinking satay, Philippe's twist on this signature dish injects Chinese flair into this Thai classic. By using carrot juice in his batter (insider secret ingredient ya'll!!!), he's able to achieve that beautifully famous orange color and distinct flavor that you're "not able to put your finger on."
CHICKEN LETTICE WRAPS
Second on my list of foods I absolutely had to try -- the chicken lettuce wraps. This dish is becoming more and more of a staple within common Asian-fusion type of restaurants, but if it's anybody that can perfect the simplicity of ground chicken, vegetables, and lettuce cups, it's Philippe Chow. I was so impressed by these, that I almost made the compulsive decision of ordering a second round as my entree, but knew that if the meal already started out this good, it could only get better. (It did.)
Please, whatever you do, do not leave Philippe Chow without ordering the chicken lettuce wraps. And maybe even take an order to go with you on the way out.
KUNG PAO CHICKEN
While the Beijing Chicken is certainly Philippe's Chow most popular poultry dish, I think a lot needs to be said about their Kung Pao Chicken. I had all my intentions set on going the #basic route, and trying what all the cool kids were having these days, but sometimes you just can't shy away from what you love, and Kung Pao Chicken just happens to be one of my favorite things on this planet. Battered bird covered in a sweet & spicy sauce that's then topped with chili peppers and peanuts, I absolutely licked the plate clean as my surrounding peers donned in their finest Gucci watched in delightful horror. A lovely woman seated at the table next to us chimed in to inform me that she too has polished off a plate of the stuff herself, with little to no regret about the situation. I smiled and laughed, warmed by the fact that even patrons in such a swanky establishment can push their boujee-ness aside to appreciate excellent food. That's just what Philippe Chow does to you.
SPICY PEPPER FILET MIGNON
If you're noticing a trend, we like to bring some HEAT TO OUR MEAT. Sorry for that juvenile statement which should otherwise only be said in a Childish Gambino rap song, but it's true. Give us all the heat and add it to our meat. That being said, naturally while browsing the menu, our eyes immediately flocked to this dish when we saw the description "spicy brown garlic sauce with bell peppers." Perfectly sliced, sauteed, and spiced, this dish exceeded our expectations by a landslide, especially since it seemed that most of the people around us were ordering the Crispy Beef. Which by the way looked fantastic in it's own right, but fill up a tub with that spicy brown sauce and I'll gladly sink right in.
FORTUNE COOKIE RED VELVET CAKE
I have some really huge news to share, and I'm confident in making this statement knowing that I feel this way from the bottom of my heart. This dessert has hear-by been declared the best red velvet cake that I have ever had in my entire life. GROUNDBREAKING FOLKS, as I've eaten a lot of red velvet cake in the 26 years that I have lived on this planet. Stacked into two layers that are smothered with a decadent cream cheese icing, this cake is then completely covered in pink sprinkles and topped with fortune cookies (which btw, have actual fortunes in them.) I truly don't know what makes this red velvet cake so special, but I left Philippe Chow forever changed by it. And while that is so dramatic to say about a dessert, I know, if you're a red velvet cake lover, you'll know exactly what I mean the moment you try it out for yourself. (which I'm assuming you'll make a priority this weekend)
@thehungryboyfriendnyc always waiting in the shadows for our photography sessions to be done.
COCONUT PINEAPPLE RICE PUDDING
Toasted marshmallows, pineapple, and honeycomb, I saw at least 3 different groups of people order this for dessert and I knew I had to find out what it was all about. To be honest, I didn't even know it was the rice pudding, as I just told our (awesome) server to *points to other tables* bring over "whatever that thing is." At first sight I thought it was a fancy ashtray with cigarette buds in it, but when I got a closer look, I knew we were in for a treat. Rice pudding is one of those comforting desserts that make you think of home, and the combination of flavors that you hit with this blow your tastebuds right out of the park. This wasn't as good as the red velvet cake, and if you're only going to order 1 dessert I would most certainly go with that, however if you're a rice pudding lover -- don't skip it.
Philippe Chow's is located on 60th Street between Park & Madison Avenue. If you're looking for a place that's perfect for date night, anniversaries, birthdays, business meetings, fooling your parents from out of town that you have a handle on your life, Philippe Chow is the destination for it. If there's one thing I'd like to note: do not be afraid of going off course and ordering some of the less popular dishes. Everything we tried, being a best-seller or not, was absolutely fantastic, so go with what your tastebuds are telling you, not what Instagram says you should order. (however I'm not messing around about that cake so totally listen to me.)
From the food, to the service, to the atmosphere, I walked out of there experiencing one of the best meals that I have ever had. That's a tough thing to do in this city, and now I understand why Philippe Chow is considered one of our great ones.