I’ve always seen Mr. K’s restaurant on my way to the Waldorf and finally had the pleasure of dining there the other night. One of my Meetup groups was planning a dinner there and the host was kind enough to use his $200 gift certificate towards the meal.
The interior of Mr. K was an elegant, lavish sight of pink deco- comfortable, plush pink chairs; jade platters with gold writing; golden silverware; Mr. K’s namesake illuminated from underneath the table; high ceilings; lit wooden panels and glass designs.
Our main reason for trying out Mr. K was to taste the Peking Duck. They actually wrapped the duck in pancakes for us, with sauce on the side which I wasn’t expecting. Part of the fun of ordering Peking Duck is to do that part ourselves. The duck was decent, but I would’ve liked more of the crispy skin.
We also ordered a few other dishes. I really enjoyed the crispy beef. It was just the right amount of crispiness and sweetness. However, Triple Delight of chicken, shrimp & beef with broccoli, as well as the chicken & shrimp fried rice were just okay but nothing spectacularly special. The bok choy with mushroom, though, was quite good- Fresh vegetables, nice sauce and flavor.
A few of the folks ordered coffee, while I ordered a chocolate mousse dessert. The coffee was made in front of us in a reverse boiler, which was pretty awesome to watch. The glass was lit with fire underneath and while the water boiled, the coffee filtered through.
Though I didn’t partake in the coffee, I thoroughly enjoyed my chocolate mousse dessert: Rich, decadent, and extremely chocolate-y. So good that I had to take some home for later. The meal ended with really lovely dark mint chocolate in gold and lavender wrapping with Mr. K’s logo on top, which I thought was a thoughtful and unique touch.
While the decor and service were of high quality, not all the food was up to par especially at the high prices but I’m really glad I was able to come and try it out for a fraction of the cost, thanks to Alex our wonderful host!
Address: 570 Lexington Ave.