Hakkasan – New York

I spent part of last weekend in Manhattan, New York; one of my absolute favorite cities! I attended the PhotoPlus Expo for photographers along with other creatives at the Javitz Convention Center and was re-inspired to continue honing my craft. I actually started the next day photographing my food when I dined at Hakkasan Restaurant in Midtown West. It just so happened that a D.C. friend was also in town for the weekend and we’d decided to connect for lunch. I left the dining location to her because she is a former New Yorker and I knew I could count on her for excellent options. Hakkasan was one of the suggested restaurants, which I confirmed and looked forward to its Cantonese cuisine. Hakkasan has restaurants all over the world and the Manhattan location was beautifully decorated with an intimate and chic upscale vibe.

The food, although quite pricey, was delicious! We began our meal with a Crabmeat and Sweet Corn Soup.  Our waiter informed us when ordering that this soup did not have a cream base, so my tastebuds anxiously awaited its arrival.  The sweet corn was pureed and it had a healthy helping of lump crab meat. It warmed us up after experiencing an unexpected cold and windy morning in the city. I love Chilean Sea Bass, so we ordered the grilled version with Chinese Honey and it was the best I have ever had. It was cooked to perfection, maintaining its moist and delicate texture. Our second entree was Stir-Fry Brazilian Lobster Tail and it was full of lobster meat, I was pleasantly surprised and happy to see so much lobster!  Our side dish was French Beans with Minced Pork and Preserved Olive Leaf, simply yummy!

I highly recommend Hakkasan ( my rating is ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️) and while you’re there you have to order their Lemongrass and Jasmine Tea – a very refreshing non-alcoholic drink!  I had two!

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