We just got back from being away for 3 weeks and it seems as if new restaurants have sprung up all over the Upper East Side.
Tonight, we stopped at Mainland on 64th & 3rd for dinner. The space had been under construction for an eternity so we were happy to see it finally open. They officially opened on the 1st.
The space is much bigger than it appears. It is decorated a la Tao with Buddhas, etc. They call the food classic chinese. I would say its more pan-asian than chinese.
We ordered the soup dumplings ($8), vermicelli noodles with chicken ($14) and the peking duck ($26). The soup dumplings were good, and the duck was excellent. The only problem with the duck was that the pancakes came a full 5 minutes after the duck plate was put down so it sat on our table getting cold. The noodle dish was another story. It tasted fine, the waitress had told us it was on the bland side, but I love rice noodles and had to order them. Midway through, I tasted something hard, it turned out to be a piece of plastic, complete with serial number. We quietly told the waitress, and then the manager came over. They offered us a new entree, but we were full and said no thank you. The manager then said he would comp our drinks, one beer and one champagne in addition to that dish. So our $64 meal turned into a $34 meal. We thought that the staff handled it very well and it did not disrupt our meal whatsoever. In fact, our waitress was very good. The busboys, however, need some work at filling water glasses, clearing, etc.
Overall, I would go back. The duck was very good and there were a lot of other appealing items on the menu like lamb spring rolls and the lightly seared tuna. I think since it's so new there are a few kinks to work out, so I might give it a month.
For now, I would go for a drink at the bar or in the lounge area. Their cocktail list looks pretty appealing.
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