I visited China Blue tonight on the second day of their soft opening. However, it seemed more like an establishment that had been around for a while given the large crowd and wait for a table. Clearly, people were anticipating this opening. The entire strip of Washington Street has been closed since Hurricane Sandy, and China Blue was replacing a landmark in Capsouto Frères.
Right away, it is obvious that China Blue is a true upscale Chinese restaurant: something that Downtown needs. The new interior is modeled after an early 20th Century Chinese restaurant theme. For larger parties, a side room that resembles a library is available.
The menu consists of classic authentic Shanghai dishes. Entrees are $14 to $25 and ample in portion (Unlike Mr. Chow in Tribeca). The smaller dishes, such as dumplings, are enough to serve as an entree for one.
The bartendresses were nice and attractive. However, it is unfair to judge a restaurant’s service before they even open, so we will not dwell on the computer glitches that were stressing out the owner, Ms. Yiming Wang (along with her husband, Xian Zhang). The food was at a discount, and drinks were free, to compensate the diners for a slightly slow delivery of the food. I was happy.