DaDong NY - Chef's Tasting Floor

3.8
33 reviews
$50 and over
Chinese
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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2018
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Wouldn’t come twice, not worth the price.

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vipFrequentdinnerdiner
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall4food5service1ambience5

Food was good. Service was not.

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vipJinmei
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's a wonderful night we spend in Dadong. The dishes were gorgeous and services were friendly. And the dumplings for New Year as complimentary appetizer were so delicious and good for this time. We love this place!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2018
Overall2food3service5ambience5

The starter & main were good, but the dessert could be better!

KK
vipKenK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 5 February 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was out third time to the tasting floor. The meal and service were superb. The duck, with its crispy skin and minimal fat (they said about 10% of the fat of Long Island duck) was superb. Tried a number of new items, which were great. Waiter and sommelier were excellent in their recommendations, and in wine pairing. If you go for the wine pairings, be sure to choose the more expensive pairings, as they have great wines. Much better than most other wine pairings. Yes, the meal is expensive by NY Chinese restaurant standards, but it is comparable to Shanghai, Beijing and Honk Kong Chinese restaurants. In addition, it is on par with the other top end NY restaurants.

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vipGinaG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Extremely over priced and most dishes are not very good. Had the 5 course tasting menu which is NOT worth trying. Go straight for the duck which was very good, not fatty, crispy skin and delicious flavor. The Kobe beef was also good, but again not worth the high price tag for the tasting menu. The oat cakes that the chef presents to start were horrible. Extremely dry with no dipping sauce and flavors were just OK. Not a great way to start a very expensive meal. Finally the cookie dessert was terrible. A couple of cookies broken into pieces in an apricot jam. Very hot black pepper in the apricot jam, one spicy chili cookie and the others more savory than sweet. Why do these restaurants have to mess with dessert and add all those other flavors?

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vipErick
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful attention to detail and service. many dishes were good but the duck alone is worth a visit. Kiyo & Kyle are amazing.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience5

A B.I.G. dissapointment.. Overpriced, food delivery too slow, food less than average, only bright spot was the professional Sommelier

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vipalze
New York Area
130 reviews
Dined on 17 January 2018
Overall1food1service4ambience4

Tasting floor- Excellent service, beautiful room, horrific food. I still can’t believe what they served us. I’d be amazed if this restaurant survives. In this case, all those negative reviews are accurate

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vipRichbread
New England
22 reviews
Dined on 15 January 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I chose the 4 course tasting menu plus the pea blossoms. I opted for the Wagu beef supplement and that was a big mistake. The beef was a very small portion way over cooked even that I requested very rare. My wife’s sole was delicious as well as all the other courses, esp the wonderful perfectly cooked duck. My advice is stay away from the beef and enjoy. (They did remove the supplement charge after I complained).

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vipPaulTN
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 13 January 2018
Overall3food4service3ambience3

DaDong is the it spot for Peking Duck.

The 3rd floor is special but not yet ready for NYC prime time, as it is too much food with too limited a choice/options. If you ask for a change, they seem to be lost, and not easily accomodating, but did accomodate after we didn't eat.

The second floor which is a tougher reservation is the spot, you may miss a little of their expert duck slicing, but the a la carte menu is worth it.

The 'manager' is great, but the some of the servers need to be more in sync for this price point. The duck portion is incredibly large. Standout besides the duck is the foie gras. Would also recommend the sweet and sour scallop soup. The kobe beef additional charge is ridiculous, and too expensive for what is provided.

Did not do the wine pairing, but think it would be the way to go

Face it the place will be a hit, 2nd floor more difficult reservation, and once they learn the NYC market the 3rd floor will be special. Chef Dong will learn as he goes

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vipEdwinL
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 11 January 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Beijing Duck was very good--no fat, all of it seeped into the skin. You won't be able to find duck like this anywhere in America. The other dishes were quite impressive; almost not even Chinese, but exceptionally prepared. My only reservation was the dessert (white chocolate shells). That was not as successful, but in totality, it was a highly successful and satisfying dinner.

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vipTonyY
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Overpriced and overrated for what it is.

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vipHowardC
New England
3 reviews
Dined on 3 January 2018
Overall4food2service2ambience5

Tasting menu with Bejing duck, the duck was the tasteless with a BIG disappointment, missed with the fat and oil, the pancake was cold and server with the wrong temperature
Maybe too concern about the US market and forgot the true flavor of the original ??
Business meeting with the first major clients, would I go back with other time?
Maybe not!

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Worst ever service by a Korean waiter. I don't wanna give even 1 star if I have the option for -5 stars. The first time I booked my reservation through opentable before, they cancelled it by email. I regret to rebook it once I hear the "welcome" with no smile at all.

The only difference between the 5 courses and 7 courses tasting menu is the Sea Urchin on rice ($40 per person). The first thing he told us was that we only allowed choose either 5 or 7 for the same table. We didn't realized that the Sea Urchin on rice was actually sold out on that day.

The waiter asked everyone where are we from in an very impolite manner, and he was surprised when he heard Canada. I'm very impatient, but told him the city, Ottawa. It doesn't make any sense for us. Will he serve us in a different way if I told him I'm from somewhere else? Or if he assume I'm a Chinese?

The food was not worth the price like everyone said. The duck was not as good as in China, nor in any other Chinese restaurant in Toronto.

We were the last table that night, and we only paid 10% tips at the end. After he saw the bill, he start to hold all our checked in bags, and our takeout.

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Tony
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2017
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was phenomenal, am sure some of the service kinks will get worked out over time.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal! It was worth the wait!!

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vipfoodseeker
Miami
55 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Went to the chefs tasting
Too much food not that good and really pricey
Sat next to three other couples and ll had same comment
Go to general restaurant or go to decoy for duck
dadong IS NOTHING SPECIAL

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vipRikieChan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The duck is pretty similar quality with its stores in Beijing but the skin taste different... However other dishes were not very impressive. Got a feeling that they try to be Michelin stared restaurant and changed the dynamic and flavorful Chinese food to French chinois style which is good but unfortunately the food didn’t reach to the expected true French Chinois cuisine level. Will visit here again only for the duck.

KK
vipKenK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 27 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a 5pm reservation for the tasting menu on the third floor, and told them (in advance) that we had to leave at 7pm to get to a show. They had us out the door at exactly 7pm. We had the longer tasting menu, plus an extra dish (snow peas), and did not at all feel rushed.

The food was superb. Both the duck and the genuine Japanese Kobe beef were the best that we have had (and we have had duck in Beijing, and Kobe in Japan). The duck was amazing. The specially breed the duck so that it has 10% of the fat of our Long Island duck. You could tell when they carved it, it was way thinner. The skin was perfectly crispy, and not at all fatty. It was perfection. The Kobe was perfectly cooked. Other dishes were great as well. We added to the tasting dinner by getting snow peas which were also very good.

The Sommelier was excellent in his wine parings (go for the superior - as the wines are great there) and wait staff was excellent.

New York has not had this type of Chinese restaurant before. Food was excellent. Although priced high, it was an excellent and not out of line with the quality of the food and the service.

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vipLawrenceS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Certainly the worst service we have had in many years. Food was average and signature duck dry and over cooked. If the seven course chef tasting menu we enjoyed only two courses. Would not go back for even a free meal

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LuciusY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 December 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, the food was wonderful and out of my expectation. I think the some dishes are overpriced which are even more expensive than a Michelin restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2017
Overall1food2service2ambience3

I have been looking forward to this dinner for a while. And it is sad to say, I am extremely disappointed!

We have ordered --- Geoduck Clam - Tasted good -$28 for 4 small bites, Half Beijing Duck - lukewarm duck, the breast meat is mushy, leg meat is better, Crispy Whole Fish with Pine Nuts - way over cooked~ can not even taste the fish at all~ it's more like oily hard batter with ketchup! very sad dish for $62, Black Pepper Wagyu - it was cooked medium well as one piece of steak, tastes acceptable, but for $34?

I also ordered the Hot Tea for $7 a cup. The tea came in a 3oz cup, and they told us they will be refilling hot water for us. However through out the dinner, no one was adding hot water for us, we had to ask for them twice!

All in all, for a $250 dinner with tip, this is no where near our expectation! The Crispy Whole Fish really killed the dinner for me. It is not even edible! The rest of the dishes are ok, but not for the price they are charging!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good. But the dessert was a little overwhelming. We had expected something refreshing after the Peking duck

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vipVivi
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience3

Disappointed. If you are not super rich and you don’t want to waste money, don’t go.
The tables were very close to each other which means no privacy at all, like only a palm distance and I can overhear what people sitting next to me were talking about. It was actually embarrassing.
The food is disappointing. We ordered 5 courses with wine pairing. The wine is good. So let’s talk about food. Cherry foie gras was all right at first bite. Only one complaint, after trying the paired wine which was freshly sweet which covered the flavor of foie gras, thé foie gras tasted bitter. The soup was a disaster, I felt the raw oil and the fishy smell, they could do much better. The beef was Ok, but not worthy of the extra 16 bulks. The Peking Duck, mediocre. The crepes were bad. The duck meat was dry and skin was ok. I have tried so many Peking ducks in different places and DA Dong is the most expensive yet mediocre one. Totally not worth the money. As for the desert, mediocre. The chocolate was great, because it was very interesting to eat the spices. The custard? Was plain and rough.
Good part, the service is good. The performance of cutting ducks is enjoyable.

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Zipster
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 22 December 2017
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Aside from an apparent glitch that resulted in a long delay for one of our courses, everything was first rate---service was excellent, food was delicious and original, and the wine list had many interesting and reasonably priced wines.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing dining experience here- from the outstanding service to the incredible food.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Very nice restaurant. Expensive but served the high quality Chinese foods with western style.
The downside was the bread for the Peking duck was cold and too tough.

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vipCharlesW
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2017
Overall2food2service1ambience3

I know that they only recently opened, but there's no excuse for forcing us to spend 4 hours on a 5 course meal. The food itself was not worthy of the price as the flavors were confusing and dishes were poorly executed. Why serve A5 Wagyu beef if you're just going to mask all that wonderful flavor with Sichuan peppercorn and wasabi? Why include all the downright nasty flavors in the seashell dessert and leave that foul taste as what diners take away from their meal?

I'm hoping they can step their game up in the next few months, because they have a long long way to go.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2017
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Love the duck. Super delicious. Had a good experience at Dadong

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 December 2017
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Wanted to love it so bad! Brought my family here for an early Christmas present. Ate on the third floor. We were psyched for the duck. I had just had it in Shanghai and those fresh steamed crepes were on my mind. I was surprised to find that DaDongNYC didn’t serve fresh steamed crepes...just room temperature (what appeared to be) corn tortillas (had the same consistency and texture). Needless to say, way disappointed. Overall the tasting menu was fine if not a bit bizarre. I expected more Shanghai-centric food but the courses were more fusion. The service, however is excellent. I hope you’ll start serving those fresh crepes soon!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We sat there for 6.5 hours for 7 cuisine, served wrong dishes twice. Huge Prawn gut still in prawn, extremely disgusting. Duck is cold and dry. Fish is not fresh. Extremely overpriced. The same cuisine, if you sit on 3rd floor you’ll pay much more than 2nd floor.SHAME ON THEM!!!!!!

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vipLucyQ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Review based on pre opening night experience The staff were polite and courteous, but they were inexperienced and sent us up and down the elevator twice, confused about the new space. Appetizers (cherry foie gras and sea urchin on rice) were delicious. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from there. The highly anticipated duck was very dry. Zhajiang noodle lacked noodles for the quantity of sauce provided. Dessert arrived as we were just about to walk out the door (a full hour after the previous dish). The whole meal took 3hr 15min - with average wait time of over 30 minutes between courses. The manager was nice to reduce our check. But they need to get their act together going forward.

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DaDong NY - Chef's Tasting Floor is rated 3.8 stars by 33 OpenTable diners.