ChengDu is the best Chinese food experience in CT! Yes, it's expensive, but the portions are large and every dish (from soup to dinner entree) is truly ""gourmet"". Also, don't forget, this is West Hartford...where nothing is cheap! If you're looking for a quiet dining experience, the dining room is large and very relaxing. While the bar area is always upbeat and lively. Both sides are well designed and stylishly appointed. The bar (dubbed ""J Lounge"") features a long, beautiful wood bar, a 50"" plasma HDTV, a very well-stocked and diverse liquor selection, 2 tables by the window and a low-slung leather couch that stretches the entire length of the back wall (which comes in handy, because the bar is often filled to capacity). The drinks are reasonably priced, and there's a happy hour from 4-7 on weeknights. Dimly lit and (usually) filled with friendly, colorful regulars, the bar area is never a boring place to be. To completely round out the ChengDu bar experience, you will be served by either Albert (owner, friendliest bartender of all time) or his son Albert Jr. (very nice, intelligent and fun to talk to). Great food, great bar, great people and the two Albert's, no joke, you won't find a better Chinese place than ChengDu in the entire state of CT! Trust me on this one, The Du is our home away from home.
Pros: Best Chinese food in CT. Amazing bar. Great bartenders. Two large patios for outdoor dining.
Cons: Parking lot is small & tight...but you can always park on the street out front or on the nearby side streets.