I was recently invited into Jade Sixty to try some food and share photos on Instagram. Here’s how it went down:
We started with the following:
Jade Chicken Sticks
Peking Duck Tacos
I didn’t do the ordering, but I would have wanted to try two of those anyway. The Peking Duck Tacos were my favorite of the three.
The duck was delicious and had quality crispy skin on it, and the fried wonton taco shell was a welcome textural pop.
I liked the Pastrami Dumplings best next.
They had a flavorful hit of that juicy pastrami meat inside with a nice crispy brown on the outside of the dumpling. Perhaps Russian dressing or spicy mustard would be a more fitting dip instead of traditional dumpling sauce.
Last of the apps: the Jade Chicken Skewers.
These were thin strips of chicken that were coated in some kind of light breading. Good to snack on for sure, but I probably would have tried the soup dumplings if choosing the dishes myself.
For our entree we had a rib eye.
This had a great dry aged flavor to it (45-60 days), and it was perfectly cooked to medium rare. In some parts it could have benefitted from a bit more crust on the edges, and overall it needed just a bit of salt or seasoning. Otherwise, though, I loved it and we finished every bite. 8/10.
For our sides we had crispy eggplant with sweet and spicy chili sauce, as well as vegetable fried rice.
The eggplant was expertly fried and had a unique texture to it that was both airy and watery at the same time.
My wife and I generally aren’t huge fans of eggplant, so we were kinda bummed when that is what came out for our tasting. However, I found myself going back for more. It was oddly addicting.
The fried rice was served in a cool metal bucket.
It was a very basic veggie and soy sauce mix, and suffered slightly from a lack of crisp. I was hoping for a bit more from this, as it is an Asian steakhouse, but it did make excellent leftovers with some strips of turkey meat.
For dessert we had their famous fried apple wontons and a scoop of mint chip ice cream.
Both were very good on their own, but didn’t necessarily pair well together as an “a la mode” kind of dessert.
I apologize for the truncated review, but I am definitely interested in going back to try more things. The menu is really unique and interesting, and I think this spot would make for a fun group dinner where everyone can try a variety of items. I provided some rough estimates below, but note that this is tentative, since I didn’t have the opportunity to choose my own food. Stay tuned!
Jade Sixty Total Score: 84
Choice of Cuts & Quality: 9
Portion Size & Plating: 8
Specials & Other Meats: 9
Apps, Sides & Desserts: 8
Seafood Selection: 9
Jade Sixty took over the location from Blu on Park. Much of the space remained the same, with the exception of additional dining seats near the bar/lounge and basic aesthetic and decor choices.
116 E 60th St
New York, NY 10022