Large wooden doors—not unlike those used to secure Medieval-era tree houses—grant entry to a multilevel, pagoda-style building designed to resemble a Chinese temple. Within its walls, classic furnishings reflect Chinese traditions, including decor that celebrates the Chinese New Year and elegant curtains that drape among the small, softly lit dining areas. This is Wan Fu Quality Chinese Cuisine, where cooks curate more than 100 dishes—most of which are made in-house from scratch. A mixture of traditional, contemporary, and health-minded creations populate the menu, such as the restaurant's signature pineapple chicken.
This hip uptown nightspot offers guests a multifaceted menu that fuses traditional Chinese, Korean, and Japanese dishes into flavorful harmony. Heat up taste buds with classic appetizers of egg rolls ($5) and crab rangoon ($5), or move straight to the main course with savory entree selections such as Mongolian beef ($9 regular, $11 large) or piquant mango shrimp ($11 regular, $13 large). Though today’s Groupon does not cover alcohol, the fully stocked bar is also equipped to provide craft beers and signature drinks to parched patrons or socializing goldfish. Located on the second floor of the historic Ivey's Department Store building, Wok Bar greets visitors with a comfortable yet social atmosphere ideal for a midday lunch, intimate dinner, or late-night brunchfast. With exciting events and frequent live music, bar-goers can savor sophisticated dining while people-watching and water-balloon-dropping on Tryon Street below.
The chefs at Ginbu 401 prepare Chinese-food favorites such as mongolian beef, salt-n-pepper shrimp, and sweet-and-sour chicken. But their reach isn't restricted to China; they also incorporate food from other cultures. They whip together pad thai, make a mean miso soup, and assemble more than 60 sushi rolls, including the 401 maki roll with tempura shrimp, salmon, and tuna.
At Sizzling Wok Restaurant, the vibrant interior only pales in comparison to the bright and fragrant cuisine. The pink and red dining room sets the table for a menu of classic Chinese cuisine. Crispy crab rangoon and silky egg drop soup set the tone for meals of chicken lo mein, orange chicken, and tender mongolian beef.
Behind the hostess stand, an archaic-looking Japanese painting glows on a sleek black wall. Juxtaposed with chandeliers and black tube lighting around the stand, it echoes the way in which modern and traditional Asian culinary traditions mingle on the menu at Peninsula China Bistro & Sushi Bar. Udon and soba noodles, staples of Eastern cuisine, emerge from steaming pots in the kitchen. Beneath the clouds of billowing warmth, chefs slice scallions and ginger and sprinkle red curry into Thai dishes or the contact lenses of rival chefs.
A floor-to-ceiling fountain murmurs quiet haikus in the dining room, the water passing over rough-hewn stones and into a pool full of lotus flowers. The aquatic sound cuts through the noise of a crackling hibachi grill to hint at the colorful rolls and slices of seafood tucked behind the sushi bar.