Jeffrey Chodorow is at it again. The latest addition from the New York restaurant empire, the genuine flagship itself, China Grill opens this Thursday in Fort Lauderdale. As if you needed further proof that South Florida's dining scene is beyond hot.
With the recent opening of Kobe Club Miami (adding to Tuscan Steak, Social and Blue Door), the restaurant guru is on a mission to feed the hip and hungry in the sunshine state. Everything is sized for sharing, and no one goes hungry though chopstick fights have been known to break out over the spicy beef and scallion dumplings and the crackling calamari salad with lime miso dressing. Fusion classics like the sake marinated “drunken” chicken in ponzu sauce, lobster pancakes and tempura sashimi keep the menu firmly grounded in upscale Asian territory.
The interior mirrors glorious Florida sunsets with reds, oranges and yellow tones while a central expo kitchen and illuminated resin tables and bars give the space a futuristic Jetsons-esque vibe. A waterfront terrace keeps takes advantage of the salty city's fab boat watching. If the Ft. Lauderdale eatery proves to be anything like the China Grills in NYC and Miami, expect to jockey for tables with Armani-clad expense accounters, celebs and the occasional hotel heiress.
at the Ft. Lauderdale Grande Hotel and Yacht Club
1881 SE 17th st.