Went to '66' last night. Was very much looking forward to it. Impossible to get reservations except before 6:30pm. Some thoughts:
1. Food is good but largely unremarkable chinese food. Grand Schezuan, Pings, and Shun Lee all serve comparable food. Can't believe this will be a hangout for 'regulars' but rather for one timers or tourists. Why pay all this money when you can have a great dinner at Shun Lee?
2. Atmosphere is nice, but the staff is hovering (my dining companion at one point said to me, "Do you feel like we're being watched?") She meant by the staff.
3. Expensive--a modest dinner for 2 was $200.00, and that was with only 1/2 bottle of wine and no cocktails. Yet, we were out of the place in 1 hour 15 minutes (the service is 'so' efficient....we were not OVERTLY rushed, but it was clear they wanted to keep things moving).
4. I said to my friend (using the NYT's rating system) "I'd give it one star." Her reply, "IF that!"
She said, "Its sad when the best thing you had was the fortune cookie" (chocolate cookies)
All in all, an interesting place with quite the 'scene' feel. As my friend said, "It would do really well in L.A." Feels like a scene, taste's like good chinese.