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Gothamist attended a press dinner at Xing last night where we got to soak in the sleek atmosphere and Chef Lulzim Rexhepi's high-end contemporary Chinese menu. We were seated next to the giant fishtank that links together the minimalist front bar and dining area to the lush red velvet back room, so we were transfixed by the brightly colored beauties as we enjoyed a sampling of their dishes, including Szechuan pepper crusted scallps with a miso butter broth, roasted wild mushrooms and pea shoots ($9); oysters with a sweet Swatow vinegar mignionette, and crispy garlic ($12); and sweet Chinese BBQ spareribs, jazzed up with a sprinkle of sesame seed and a nose-clearing dose of spicy-hot Chinese mustard ($9).

Xing, 785 Ninth Ave. between 52nd & 53rd, 646-289-3010. Appetizers, $8-12, Entrees, $15-25.