If you like average food, below average service, and horrible ambiance this is the place for you, otherwise spend your money wisely elsewhere
My second visit. DaDong has made quite a few improvements and I had a great time and tried a bit of Chinese cuisine that I'd never had before. In particular the Sea Cucumber that was excellent, the signature Peking Duck that was likewise excellent, and several small dishes. The restaurant is designed well and has a cool outdoor area overlooking the office park it resides in, just off Bryant Park. Everyone in our party was impressed and we'll be back.
First time to go although I expect to go earlier. Everything came out much better than what I read from the Chinese media when DaDong was just opened. Of course if the portion of some dishes is a little bigger that will make it even better. As a Chinese, I am happy to see a high-class Chinese restaurant survives in New York.
Food was great and service fantastic.
Good was amazing and good portion sizes Great atmosphere and comfortable bar and dining area. Services was fair however the Matre D was amazing and helpful. Will be going back.
As a person from Beijing, I would say the food here are not bad at all, at least not as bad as how those Chinese articles wrote. The duck was ok, although the wrap paper is too dry. I like the cherry foie. The service though, was not worth the price. The service person always acted like he was in a rush or something, which he was not, because there were not a lot of customers at all. Very pricey for the amount of food you get. The environment is really good though.
The good dishes are terrific and there area those that are tasteless. Peking duck is excellent.
The service was absolutely terrible starting from the door guy facing the wrong way and not even opening the door when I arrived for a few minutes to the host not being around to seat me to the waiter being very slow to get us drinks and our food. The music was so loud and I asked for the quietest seating area. The food was good, nothing that special with a few exceptions being wonderful. The price tag was ridiculous, many items $100-$300 + each on the menu. Overall not terrible but I wouldn't go back.
It was a good experience overall, enjoyed the food and the guest brought over was very happy to din over there.
I've eaten here twice - weekday dinner and Sunday lunch. Yes, it can be pricey. It can also be a not so pricey (but not cheap) great meal on a nice patio. Focus on the staples for compiling a more substantive and reasonably priced meal. The dumplings, buns and wagyu beef fried rice are all good. The cold dishes tend to be smaller, more creative and pricier, but not necessarily tastier. So the NYTimes wasn't all that positive on it, but if you're in TSQ and the weather is nice and you want to sit on a nice patio and enjoy some good food with some nice wine options, check out the menu and if the price point is right for you, give it a try and judge it for yourself. I find the duck to be tasty, but I'm not a duck expert. I'm just dying to have it with a chimay rouge - which probably speaks to my lack of expertise.
The bar snacks menu is also great. The service is impeccable - the right level of attentiveness and very knowledgeable.
It was so good
- service is excellent
- roasted duck is great.
food is expensive but and taste very bad，especially for “cabbage two ways”，too noisy，I make reservation three days before, but give us a very small table, will definitely never go there
Not much .... it’s about location I guess... the king crab was great ... duck ok... the sweet sour fish was ok
Fantastic (as always)! Everything is delicious. I love the squid ink soup and pea shoots- two things I'd never want to order or think I'd like but sure enough, I did! They are both amazing. I've yet to have anything I didn't care for.
While the food was good, it was not great. We didn't get what we ordered, and when we asked the waitress she indicated that for lunch it was done differently, meanwhile another customer was getting exactly what we ordered. The waitress was not at all pleasant and didn't try and make our experience better. Overall this is a regular Chinese restaurant set in a nice ambiance and accordingly priced.
Thank you NY Times for the unfairly critical review. Da Dong is wonderful. The food is creative and expertly prepares, mixing traditional Chinese dishes, like dumplings and Peking Duck, with novel Western inventions like, champagne glazed tomatoes and four grad cherries. Although the duck is the signature dish it is not the best thing on the menu, being overshadowed by so many delicious works of art. The prices are actually mostly reasonable but for the main attractions like the duck (&98) and huge plate of king crab ($308). Great spot for a special occasion for a Chinese food lover who wants an adventure.
Really bad and slow service. Waited for 30 minutes and no one asked for ordering and even no one gave us water. 2 hours for 4 dishes and we ordered shrimp but the server brought chicken… last time for DaDong
Very dissatisfied with our experience here. Waiter tried to push us to order what he wanted us to have and chose to ignore what our wants were.
We were seated right away. Food was amazing. Very good quality, well seasoned and unique combinations of flavors. The Peking Duck was out of this world. Best we’ve tried in the city. Surprisingly we tried three desserts, all good. A must try- this restaurant is well worth the visit. Will be back for the duck. Kung pao shrimp and avocado noodles were also highlights. Jasmine tea was a great finish to the meal.
Heard great things about the restaurant chain from a friend who's from China, so was happy to be able to get a lunch reservation the day of. Turns out the reservation wasn't necessary -- it was almost empty early afternoon Sunday. From good to bad: (1) it's a beautiful restaurant; (2) the wait staff was friendly and attentive, but none were Chinese, which gave me pause; (3) the food was decent if unspectacular; (4) the prices were high enough that the food should've been spectacular, so horrible bang for the buck. In a city that has spectacular food, this place didn't measure up. I could've had 5 great meals in Chinatown for the price of this 1 mediocre meal at DaDong.
Service was totally inattentive had to ask to order drinks, ask to order food, ask for more pancakes which took forever to come out ask for the bill and it’s ridiculously expensive. The food is good but when you add everything up it’s really not worth it
Both the food and service were excellent. We especially loved their roasted duck The most authentic Pekjng Duck dish you will find in US. Will take mom here for her birthday next time.
The physical plant is beautiful and tasteful.
We had a less than optimal experience, perhaps due to the fact that we had a 10 p.m. dinner reservation for a meal after seeing a play. The wine service was great. The server for our food forgot one of our entree items and then the kitchen had closed and could not provide it. And the food service was bumpy. Not what we expected given the price point.
The roasted duck is what you go for - it definitely was delicious, but it didn't offer the "duck 3 ways" one would traditional find in Beijing where after cutting out the meet, they would use any leftover for a noodle dish, and make a bone broth from it so nothing gets wasted. Tom from the bar was a delight and we're looking forward to going back for the patio!
Very nice very delicious. Enjoyed it
The service was great. My food was ok I ordered the sea bass and was surprised to find fifty cloves of garlic and a couple of pieces of sea bass. I was disappointed as it was 48 or 58 dollars dish for lunch. We paid 260 including tip for lunch,
GREAT FOOD and great service.
Reservation is easy to book during weekday. I really hope the roast duck bone could be made soup. That will be delicious!
Nice place, good food. Great Duck!!
Recomended to go.
World class experience!
Duck was amazing. Lobster was so so. Be prepared for small portion sizes.
The service was great. It's just the food is much below expectation, comparing to our experience with DaDong in Beijing.
Husband’s xmas and birthday present combined
Outstanding food and service! A jewel in midtown. The restaurant has a gorgeous bar and staff is pleasant and attentive. The duck is a must try. Will visit again & again!
Excellent Peking Duck as good as in Beijing DaDong- beautiful setting
Perfect Chinese restaurant! I should have consideration to move in New York City for so delicious!
Fantastic meal. Great food Great service Great ambiance. All dishes we orgered were varied and delicious Beautiful setting in Bryant Park