Embrace the spirit of Lunar New Year at Yingtao, a captivating new Chinese restaurant nestled in Manhattan’s vibrant Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood. With its innovative blend of traditional Chinese flavors and modern culinary techniques, Yingtao has quickly become a destination for food enthusiasts seeking a unique dining experience.
To mark the arrival of the Year of the Dragon, owner Bolun Yao has curated a spectacular eight-course tasting menu that pays homage to this auspicious occasion. Each dish is thoughtfully crafted to symbolize good fortune, prosperity, and strength – all hallmarks of the dragon.
The culinary journey begins with plump fresh oysters accompanied by a zesty hot and sour mignonette, setting the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. Next, guests indulge in delicacies such as smoked steelhead trout and aonori milk bread, followed by a luxurious foie gras dish infused with Sichuan peppercorn and beetroot.
For the main courses, Yingtao presents a tantalizing array of inventive dishes that redefine traditional Chinese cuisine. From succulent wagyu beef to tender octopus, each protein is expertly prepared and paired with unexpected flavors. Tofu takes center stage alongside celery root, while yellowtail delights the palate with buttermilk and Sichuan pepper accents. Not to be missed are the sumptuous dumplings, marrying Berkshire pork and black truffle in a nod to Yao’s grandmother’s cherished Lunar New Year tradition.
As diners savor the exquisite flavors of each course, they are surrounded by the rich cultural tapestry of Yingtao’s ambiance. A mosaic portrait of Yao’s beloved grandmother adorns the restaurant’s wall, serving as a heartfelt tribute to her legacy and culinary influence.
The culinary journey culminates with two delectable desserts: Tanghulu, a whimsical treat featuring sugar-coated fruits on skewers, and a decadent walnut and coconut Nian Gao, also known as rice cake.
Yingtao invites guests to join in the celebration of Lunar New Year and indulge in this extraordinary dining experience. Available until Saturday, February 17th, this special menu promises to delight the senses and create lasting memories for all who partake.