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New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Sorry to hear about your food expirience!
The taste you describe though doesn't sound like prepared by their executive chef, I' ve eaten there about 20 times or so and every time it's moist, perfect texture, very flavorful. I love their black paper beef - so tender, like braised for several hours kind of tender and almost melting in the mouth.

A friend of mine, who is food critic (from Hong Kong, resides in NYC) told me that this is the best place for authentic Cantonese taste in Mid Manhatten. She said even their desert, like wood ear mushroom & Chinese pear sweet soup is something her grandma wood cook. I haven't yet mentally prepped myself to try that yet though.

Plus variety of teas is increadable, you haven't mentioned tea, so you probably didn't have one. They pair it so well with dishes you order. I love their milky ginger black tea.

To be honest I feel like we're talking about different places, I don't believe I ever saw general Tso on their menu ( another friend of mine jocked that this is the only dish he knows and that this is the one not on the menu, but that was a while ago, so maybe something has changed).

I'm not in the city often these past two month, hope it's just some sort of mistake and Radiance stays the same :) it would be bad to loose such a nice dinning in the neighborhood. I loved the atmosphere there just as much as the food, so peaceful kind of, relaxed.

Oct 30, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

I'm reading your blog Lau. You probably have more posts on Chinese cuisines then on chowhound :) and every post with pics - thank you so much for sharing!

Jul 09, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Kosmos7, I went on your blog - your picks are like a good story, thanks for sharing!

Jul 09, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Glad you like it, kosmos7! I only tried seafood, dim sum, and vegetarian dishes there, haven't tried beef yet.

Jul 08, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Missing a lot of the flavor is quite convincing point. I might try the shell a little next time.

Jul 08, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

It's interesting you should mention about eating the whole thing! One Asian gentlemen suggested me to do so. But I'm from Europe, and when it comes to changing our notions as to how some particular dish should be consumed we're normally not that out of the box. So I didn't even try to eat the shrimps with the shell. To my excuse the shrimps are really of a jumbo size, over 12 cm (5 inch) long and the shell is thicker then on regular shrimps.

And yeah, the Korean BBQ is right before Radiance and has a big sign, so from 3rd ave might look like its the same place.

Jun 29, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Hope it was helpful!

Jun 26, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

Last minute trip to NYC next week - lunch at Le Bernardin and dinner at Daniel

Try Radiance on 50th str and 3rd Ave. It's authentic Cantonese cuisine, not fusion and their chef is Gold winner in the International Chinese Culinary Competition in Times Sq. I believe its world's largest competition of this sort.
The place is great, with wonderful atmosphere, I felt like traveling to Asia in a sense, without leaving NYC.

It's also one of the two best tea places in NYC. They do house blends in accordance with Chinese medicine traditions. So it taste good and is good for your body (I had summer treasures it has different berries to supply you with anti-oxidants and is oolang tea based).

I know Vancouver is one of the best places outside of China for Asian fusion, but see if Radiance will be in a way a different experience.

Jun 25, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan

New Cantonese cuisine place on 50th Str and 3rd Ave - Must Try

Radiance Tea House has opened a new location. I loved their fine teas selection at the first location on 55th Str and now really appreciate the fuller menu on 50th Str.

Hong Kong harbor style jumbo shrimps I eat we're cooked in shell over high flame, thus being crispy yet juicy inside. I was a little concern about shrimps not being piled, but It does taste different and in a good way different. Also I liked the fact that it's not breaded. Would definitely recommend to everyone. As to how to eat it: Helping yourself with a knife, sort of pull the shrimp meat with a fork from the middle of the shrimp towards yourself, perpendicularly to the shrimp tail. Sounds complicated but just basically how you'd eat a lobster.

It was a bit spicier that I normally would eat, so when waiter brought iced tea with prunes and some berries to add sweetness, I was grateful. Tea complemented the dish, jut like wine wood.

Definitely recommend to try their ice-teas. They sell it by the pitcher too.

Overall - it's my favorite place right now. Going to shift business lunches there, atmosphere feels right to make decisions, very calm.

Price: delicious meal for two, with dim sum, seafood entrees, mango mousse dessert and iced teas made into $38. I think the price is great. Especially given the food quality and the location.

Aftertaste: Food felt light, yet satisfying, there was no heavy sensations that is common after normally greasy Chinese food.
Their chef must be very talented.

P.S.
One thing that pleasantly surprised me was how clean the place was. From my experience it's more common for today's Chinese places to appear not carrying about hygiene at all.

Jun 25, 2013
victoriafoody in Manhattan
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