What to Eat at China Blue, Now Open in Tribeca

The old Capsouto Frères space has been renovated.
The old Capsouto Frères space has been renovated. Photo: Melissa Hom

Yiming Wang and Xian Zhang, the proprietors of the two-year-old Michelin-starred Murray Hill restaurant Café China, have opened a sister restaurant on Watts Street in the old Capsouto Frères space. Like its uptown counterpart, the dining room has been painted in cool shades of blue, with design flourishes throughout, such as antique typewriters meant to evoke Shanghai in the thirties. But while Café China focuses on Sichuan cuisine and dishes like pork dumplings bathed in chili oil, the expansive menu at China Blue is all about the cuisine of Shanghai, replete with subtle flavor combinations and more seafood all around. It includes radish-and-clam soup, braised tofu with king-crab meat, free-range drunken chicken, sautéed rice cakes with mustard greens, and lots and lots of dumplings. A look at the space, including many of the dishes, and the menu, straight ahead.

Soup dumpling with crab meat.Photo: Melissa Hom

Crab-flavored Lion Head meatball.Photo: Melissa Hom

Crispy eel Wuxi style.Photo: Melissa Hom

Egg tofu with vegetables.Photo: Melissa Hom

Poached yam in plum sauce.Photo: Melissa Hom

Fragrant whole-fried bass.Photo: Melissa Hom

Savory bean-curd wrap.Photo: Melissa Hom

Shredded eel and sautéed chives.Photo: Melissa Hom

Shrimp shumai with fish egg.Photo: Melissa Hom

Dongpo pork.Photo: Melissa Hom

Red bean puffs.Photo: Melissa Hom

The dining room.Photo: Melissa Hom

Menu [PDF]

China Blue, 135 Watts St., 212-431-0111

What to Eat at China Blue, Now Open in Tribeca