Discreetly located inside the ground floor of the Randolph House in NYC‘s Midtown East on 50th Street close to Lexington Avenue, Chef Guo opened the doors to his fine dining Chinese restaurant in August of 2022. Ever since, Chef Guo Wenjun has been enchanting his guests with a one-of-a-kind dining experience with masterfully created Chinese dishes that ingeniously intertwine Chinese Imperial and classic Western cuisine. Each course is an imaginative work of art that tastes just as delicious as its innovative presentation.
This unparalleled Chinese fine dining experience is accompanied by white glove service within an imperial courtyard, set beneath the branches of a faux ginkgo tree that Chef Guo created himself, adorned with warm glowing lanterns. The ginkgo tree is one of the oldest trees in the world and is also the national tree of China.
The dining room accommodates just ten guests for each seating. Each server, dressed in a traditional red robe, takes their time to carefully explain each dish, its ingredients, and the story behind its invention, creating the atmosphere of a private dinner party.
Yellow domed food plates are at each place setting. Historically in China, the color yellow is exclusively reserved for the emperor.
Dining at Chef Guo
The 10-course menu is the newest fine dining experience at Chef Guo. The restaurant originally opened with their exclusive 19-course fine dining menu.
The 10-course menu is inspired by its featured entrée, Eternal Bliss of QianKun Pot, which originated from Emperor Chengzu Zhu Di who moved the Capital to Beijing. Emperor Chengzu Zhu Di regarded Beijing as the Land of Dragon Rising and the center of the world. To celebrate the grand event, he ordered the imperial chefs to gather the best ingredients and serve them in a handmade Cloisonne Pot from the Jingtai era.
About Chef Guo Wenjun
Chinese Master Chef Guo Wenjun began his culinary training at the age of 14 under the mentorship of Chinese Master Chef Ding Guangzhou. Chef Guangzhou is a seventh-generation disciple in the line of royal chefs, in the discipline of Chinese Imperial Cuisine.
In his 40-year career, Chef Guo has held posts as Executive Chef at the Platinum Seven-Star Beijing Palace International Hotel and the Diaoyutai Garden Villa International Club. China has recognized him as an Elite Master of the Chinese Culinary Arts and won the Gold Medal at the Asia Cuisine Competition. He is also the founder of the China Chef Network.
Hours and Additional Information
Chef Guo in NYC is open Tuesday through Sunday for dinner. Two seatings are offered each evening, one at 6pm and the second at 8:30pm. Each dining experience lasts approximately 2 hours. Advanced reservations are required.
The main dining room can seat parties between 2-11 for the 10-course experience. For the 19-course Signature Experience featuring America’s first and only Royal Imperial Chinese Tasting Menu can seat between 2-10 persons.