Lotus Blue Dongtian Kitchen and Bar is not unknown to me as we knew their location in TriBeCa that was definitely more spectacular than this new one near Union Square. This restaurant serves Chinese cuisine, Yunan inspired, with a bunch of vegetarian and non-vegetarian dishes. I started the meal by ordering a cocktail and chose the Toki Old Fashioned, made with Suntory Whiskey Toki, a splash of grapefruit and bitters. It was very good, delightfully tart.
Then came the appetizers (we shared a bunch):
The crispy scallion pancakes: deliciously crispy and slightly greasy as expected, they were served with honey (first time I got that).
The chicken wings that were good, although I admit that I like when the skin is crispy. The chicken was perfectly cooked, moist, and it was not spicy. I just wished they gave some wipes as my hands were sticky after eating that, prompting a trip to the bathroom.
Shrimp dumplings: served very hot, they were superb! The shell was not too thick and slightly sticky and the filling tasted like...shrimp, meaning that it did not have too much filler in it. If you like crystal shrimp dumplings, go for it.
Veggie dumplings: good, they were quite tasty and I liked the shell that was soft.
The last dish was the one I did not really like. It was the three mushrooms musketeers stir-fry. Quite promising, it was bland.
Of course, we wanted dessert and luckily, they had a couple. We decided to try their "phoenix" buns that had a sweet egg yolk custard in it. This was fantastic! I loved the sweetness of it that pops when you reach the yolk, in contrast to the bun that is less tasty.
We had a great meal at Lotus Blue Dongtian: the food there is delicious and prices are reasonable for the area. I definitely recommend it!
Enjoy (I did)!
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Lotus Blue Dongtian Kitchen and Bar - 15 Union Square W, NY 10003