I moved back to Beijing in September & have been looking for good, clean places to eat day to day in the Jianguomen area (near the Friendship store). Cuisine/price not an issue. Also curious about good recs elsewhere for every now and then, but if anyone can help out with this I'd appreciate it. I've been to a lot of the places posted on this board, but many of my old favorites have closed, and I'm not a tourist. I could also recommend some places that have only Chinese menus if people are willing to give it a shot.
p.s. Am very excited to try Dingtaifeng here in Beijing - I've been to the original in Taipei & that was fantastic (but so was most of the food there). I'd recommend getting the crab xiaolongbao and the veggy ones (cai something zhengjiao), and for desert the red bean paste dumplings (dousha bao), which are better eaten while warm. YUM.