Chinese takeout is a fixture of suburban life. It’s quick, easy, cheap and available everywhere.
We all have our favorite places to stop and pick up an order of chicken and broccoli for nights when we’re too busy to get dinner on the table. Depending on where you live, you may also have a favorite sit-down Chinese restaurant where the menu is dependable and you can enjoy sharing dishes and even order a cocktail.
Shrimp Noodles at Baumgart’s. Tania Savayan/TJN
But lately, there’s a new trend in upscale — dare we say cool — Chinese restaurants that offer a far more sophisticated experience.
Elegant decor and menus that feature top-quality, even organic ingredients, are redefining the Chinese experience — and, in the case of these three newcomers, turning it into a culinary treat.
Steamed buns at Baumgart’s.
At Gem Cuisines of China in Yonkers, China White Noodle Bar in Purchase and Baumgart’s in Nyack, a well-dressed, mostly adult crowd fills the sleekly designed spaces, sip cocktails from specialty drinks menus, peruse carefully constructed wine lists and order three-course meals from a menu of culturally authentic, modern Chinese dishes, which are served with polish and flair.
The sophistication of the experience may surprise you — as will the check. A dinner for two can cost $100 or more. But we think the experience is worth the splurge. Here’s a look at why: