Gothamist headed down the Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Chinese-inspired restaurant, 66. The sleek Richard Meier-designed space was full of Wall Street types, beautiful people, and some people from L.A. The main dining area is separated from the kitchen by a beautiful aquarium (right), but there's a communal table that seems to have space at any time for walk-ins, which is what we were.
The menu is split up into appetizers, dim sum, entrees, and noodles/rice - much like an actual Chinese restaurant menu. Our friendly and Keanu-lookalike server took great pains to explain that the entrees were not meant for one, but would be served family-style, and the entrees would not have sides like rice - that would need to be ordered separately. Gothamist said, "So, you mean, like eating at a Chinese restaurant?" Our entrees were delicious: Lobster E-Fu noodles with green chili, complete with huge pieces of lobster meat, and the amazingly rich beef short ribs with steamed buns. While eating there is not cheap (downtown guru Lockhart Steele feels 66 is overpriced), Gothamist left full and happy (and with leftovers!) so that made the meal worth it.
New York magazine loved 66.
66, 241 Church Street, 212-925-0202