DaDong NY

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563 reviews
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Welcome to the first U.S. restaurant by one of China’s most famous and influential Chefs, simply known as DaDong. Located in the world’s most prominent location, just east of the heart of Times Square, the restaurant occupies 12,932 square feet on the second and third floors of The Cube Building.

The restaurant has two main dining rooms with the second floor offering an energetic, stylish, sexy, and slightly gritty atmosphere and the third floor offering a more refined and elegant dining room. Designed by George Wong Design, it also includes a 3,785-square-foot outdoor garden on the second floor and an 858-square-foot outdoor terrace on the third floor, along with a few private dining rooms. The entire venue accommodates over 400 guests.
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DM
Dallas
6 reviews
Dined 12 hours ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

I really wanted to dislike this place as it wreaked of pretentiousness as soon as we walked in, however the food is just fabulous. Great, creative dishes whilst staying true to their Asian roots - highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 13 hours ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The reputation of this restaurant was greatly damaged when it first opened back in the days for the lack of trained staffs and the unprepared cooks. Now the price is reduced and the portion is up. Plus the taste of food is solid. Definitely one of the better Chinese fine dining restaurant, if not the only authentic one in New York.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Honestly the food was quite disappointing and there were only a few waiters while the room was packed with customers. The server was very nice but he’s too busy and we had to wait each time we needed anytime. The final desert called Tang Yuan was just bad.

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BC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Lobster is a bit hard to eat in an elegance setting. Fried rice needs a container to hold temperature, once cold, doesnot taste well

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H
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

You go there for the duck! It's really nice duck, roasted to perfection.
The other entrees are quite good too, duck egg is a treat! It's an elegant locale, nice drinks and a nice wine list too. Definitely worth it for a high-end experience!

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

If you tried DaDong in China before, don’t do it.
If not, this is a try you might be willing to take.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 4

Dadong in Shanghai was one of my favorite restaurant in Shanghai and I went there quite often. Food in Dadong New York is really disappointed. The foie gras was hard as rock, duck was skinny, cauliflower over cooked, noodles cannot even compare those $5 restaurants on the street. The only recommended dish would be the sea bass. Also, though waiter with us was warm and polite, the attendant is arrogant. We booked a dinner table through Open Table. She lead us to a high table, and when we asked if we can sit on the dinner table, she seated us on a table facing the kitchen and bathroom while there were quite a lot available tables elsewhere. Not worth the price at all.

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HS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

If you are searching for some real Chinese roasted duck, don’t go to this place. I mean the duck there is just at a normal level. The taste of Beijing ZhaJiang noodles and steamed buns are below average. But I do recommend other dishes like sweet&sour pork ribs and Kong Bao chicken. 3 stars for food

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 5

The duck just soso and my friend found a hair in the dessert

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AG
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Hot food was served lukewarm. Dessert were two, mini singular glutinous rice balls.

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food with creative idea

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New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went in restaurant week. Overall service , environment, and food is great . I like the fish most - valuable and tasty good ; the famous Peking duck seems too dry . Overall very good — will go again

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 4

Great space and decor. The dumplings were doughy and bland though. Any Chinatown shop has better ones. The lobster rice was decent but not worth the price. Had a good time but wouldn’t go back.

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LM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a lovely dinner at DaDong during winter restaurant week with half a Peking Duck and 3 glass wine recommendation. Food was good and creative. I had a nice sampling of various dishes - squid ink soup, dumplings, lobster and rice, short ribs and Peking Duck. Duck was small but tasty and nicely crisp. The short rib dish of meat only is spicy and could be improved if served with a starch and/or vegetable. The ginger tapioca dessert had nice gingery coconut flavor that i think would serve better if it was thicker. There is a nice vibe with light music in the background and the decor is modern with clean lines. Noise level was not too loud so you could enjoy your party. Staff was very attentive and accommodating. This is a great place for small get together with a couple friends. I look forward to returning to try the Lychee Rose cocktail that was not available during my visit.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Peking Duck is my fav dish so I was excited about trying it at DaDong. It was disappointing to say the least. We were there last night for restaurant wk. Food was not any special, we ordered the duck as an addition. Our waiter was blah and unattentive. Service was ok. They forgot one of our dishes. Bar area is nice, I would come for a drink but that's about it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The food portion is adequate. The best menu among three or four restaurants I tried in restaurant week. Duck is a little bit dry. Not really authentic Chinese food but it’s good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food is good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

DON’T GO
We went to the restaurant during restaurant week. We were seated promptly and our order was taken promptly too. We went with the restaurant week menu. Our appetizer was brought out quick enough. However our wait for our main course was eternal. We patiently waited 40 minutes after our appetizer was brought out and then reminded our waiter. We indicated that it was a working day and we had to return to office quickly. We asked the hostess twice what was going on – the only response we got from the waiter and hostess was “sorry our kitchen is a little backed up and we will bring your food out shortly”. The next thing we know is another round of appetizer is being served to us in error whereas we were waiting on main course. At this point due to business commitment I could not wait any longer we asked for the manager and explained the situation and said we got to leave since the food isn’t arriving and instead of doing anything to remedy the situation we were told apologies we will not charge you and you can leave. So after spending an hour and 15 mins at the restaurant we just left without eating. Pathetic service for a restaurant in mid-town. Totally ruined my afternoon and I would not recommend anyone to eat here unless you have the entire day to spend waiting on your food.

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

excellent service and ambiance. and food terrific. very attentive staff and management very welcoming atmosphere from greeter at reception to the wait staff.. have already recommended restaurant and specific items to friends., family , and co-workers.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was great. The wait time was a little longer but there was festival so I guess they were busy

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h
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our family came here on Chinese New Year's Eve, which is the most important dinner of the year for us. I'd requested a round table on the 3rd floor (more spacious), but neither request was accommodated. We were tucked in a tight corner, 12 people cramped on a long table. The server we had was nice and knowledgeable. He made recommendation on their CNY prix fix menu selection, which worked out perfectly. He also went above-and-beyond to find out my birthday/anniversary dates probably from Opentable (although it was irrelevant since both dates were far away and borderline creepy - but I appreciated his efforts). There were many items on the menu, although the portion of each item was very small. Nonetheless, definitely sufficient food but just not everyone get to try every item. The service was definitely subpar - the staff seemed overwhelmed. The food came out very quickly (except for dessert which we waited for over 25 mins), but we constantly had to ask them to clear the empty plates. The table was a mess most of the time and we had to request for our plates to change in between the more than 15-courses. Aside from the duck, which is what they're known for, and the Alaskan King Crab, all other dishes were just average. We weren't wowed and it's certainly very expensive. I might consider going back if I ever craved peking duck (only $98 each!) but other than that, not sure if I'd care to go back.

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Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Disappointing experience with low value - restaurant is dishonest, (waiter) purposfully upselling food, and cutting food portion size of the dishes, like the sea cumber, for smaller table even though we paid the same price (manager admitted it "because your table is smaller").

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T
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 1

It hurts my heart to say the experience was terrible as someone who craves for good Asian food this much. But it is.
Food was okay. I tried the 'Lunar New Year Eve Family Style Dinner'.
Cucumber salad was boring - nice knife skills with the celery but the taste is boring.
The Lotus root taste as good as other Asian restaurant but the deco was overwhelming.
The Cherry Foie Gras was good. Soup is Good. Lobster would have been good - if it was not served last.
Fried rice was dry.
Sea cucumber and beef was very good food materials, but the taste is over-decorated.
Duck is good, but it took 2.5 hours for us to see it at last. After EVERYTHING!

There naturally comes the service. If there was a 0 star I would have given it.
It's not about culture difference. The service is bad in Eastern AND Western standards.
- Things started when we had to wait until 7:40 for our 7:00pm reservation. After our dining I realize it must have been because of their waiter's slowness that over-extended the previous tables.
- Then I ordered the wine for the table, while the waiter asked someone else to taste it for us.
- And my wine glass was dirty.
- Then took the plate while we were working on the dishes.
- The order of the dishes were all mixed up after appetizer - we had our duck at last, dumplings at first, and more dumplings came in the mid of dinner. Fried rice came up right after soup, then Lobster over rice came nearly as late as duck.
- We asked to wrap the duck bone to go - which is the tradition for a Peking duck place if they don't offer to cook it for you. The waiter insisted that he could only deep fry it and serve it on the table, after checking with manager. Then we asked to talk to his manager and the manager came straight with the answer 'yes of course we will wrap it up for you'. I mean... come on! Know what you're serving!

The list could go on. I feel ashamed when NYT gave them 0.8 star rating when they first came out - Not any more. Shame's on them.

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m
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Sat at the bar for cocktails it took 15 minutes to be asked if we wanted something to drink or were we just seating until our table was ready.
Once at the table it also took about 10 minutes to be asked if we wanted anything.
Our server a very nice yuong man was very gracius and attentive. Suggested such an incredible beautiful arrea of food. GREAT
Overall it was OK. The DaDong in Beiging was INCREDIBLE

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great new year celebration

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SP
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall amazing experience. They were running behind upon arrival, so we were seated almost 30 minutes late. Once seated our waiter was incredible and very attentive. The food was delicious and the drinks were great. Overall very happen dining experience and the interiors are stunning.

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SB
Birmingham
10 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Food was really average, but super overpriced. Lots of the meat was overcooked...also we waited for 20 minutes even though we made a booking during restaurant week. Food was generally serviced very slow. I think the restaurant operations could have been improved

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TS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

It was a fabulous evening. Food was amazing The waiter could have been a little more attentive. Crazy mob scene by the elevators when leaving
Loved the place

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SS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Good presentation
Good service
But everything is a way too sweet
Specially port ribs were like desserts

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i
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

Overpriced. Awkward service. Third floor room is bland and boring - we were shunted up there without the option to sit in the main restaurant.

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A
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Wanted to try this restaurant for a while but was slightly disappointed of the value for what it was. I'm very well familiar with fancy/fusion Asian restaurants but this one didn't quite live to its expectations. I think they're trying to be a little too fine dining and portions are way too small for what it is and its price point, and flavors were somewhat underwhelming OR too overpowering, except for squid ink soup, which was my fave! Great service though but I wouldn't be rushing back.

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y
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 1

The ever worst restaurant I’ve visited. It’s definitely NOT authentic Chinese restaurant…The dumplings they serve are even worse than the quick frozen ones in supermarkets…

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience & Chinese food!

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L
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 4ambience 3

The roast duck is like yesterday meat. The worst roast duck I have ever eaten.

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sweet and sour pork ribs are good

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G
New York Area
94 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was very inventive with an excellent presentation & taste. Service was on the mark. Although the after dinner tea was quite expensive at 8 dollars for a 4 ounce cap.

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Toronto
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible Food. Far away from its taste in China.

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i
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

We came for restaurant week. Got seated in the part with the windows, great spot!
The appetizers were a bit disappointing in my opinion. The dumpling dough was very thick, the ribs were very sweet and fatty. Cucumber salad was delish though.
Main courses were great: saffron lobster risotto was cooked perfectly, the lobster was really flavorful. The glazed shrimp were fantastic, as well as the wagyu fried rice that we ordered as an addition.
Desserts were nothing to write home about.
Cocktails were really good, I had the one with lychee.
I would come back but maybe not for RW but order from the regular menu.
Tables around us had the short rib main course which looked really good.

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e
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

this restaurant stands out from its entrance in a lovely vest park entrance to its serene décor.
combined with interesting new flavors, perfect presentation and wonderful service.
we are already planning to return.

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M
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Nice environment but the food not as good as many people say, food presentation isn’t outstanding.

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