Tomorrow, the doors will swing open to Fine China, the Statler Hotel’s hotly-anticipated new Chinese eatery helmed by Chef Angela Hernandez.
The stunning new restaurant is located on the ground floor of the Statler, and decked out in vintage prints and midcentury modern furnishings. Funky pendant lamps and two-tone Edison bulbs hang from the ceilings to light the space, along with a giant modern chandelier. Rich textiles like velvet and tweed cover the banquettes and chairs, while patterned wallpaper and luxe drapes add dimension in the space.
In addition to table seating in the dining room, a massive U-shaped bar is outfitted with a sleek grey top and comfy black high top chairs. The restaurant is also home to three private dining spaces, and a communal table with seating for a giant crowd of 28 diners that claims to be the largest of its kind in the city. The space’s most notable feature is the massive wall installation of demitasse tea cups, each perched on a narrow vertical stand.
As far as the food is concerned, diners can look forward to Hernandez’s take on Chinese classics like xiao long bao and Cantonese roasted duck, along with more modern dishes like duck confit croquetas. The bar, helmed by Kyle Hilla, will serve tea-focused cocktails like the Hidden Gem, a mix of vodka, green tea, Calpico, and lime, served with juicy popping boba.
Fine China will open on Tuesday, July 10. Before snagging a reservation, take a peek around the space courtesy of Eater photographer Melissa Hennings.