Asian

Ho Foods

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Overview:

Compact, casual Taiwanese eatery focusing on beef noodle soups & locally sourced ingredients.

Information:

Address: 110 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (347) 788-0682

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

South of the Clouds

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Overview:

Casual Village eatery whose chef-owner Lihen Geng hails from the family behind Brooklyn’s Yun Nan Flavour Garden. Yunnan-style mixian rice noodles are the focus here, some served in a four-hour chicken broth, and others plated with minced pork and vegetables. There are a few excellent appetizers including ghost chicken, cucumber salad, and pigs on a stick with pork, cilantro, cumin, chili flakes. The main attraction is the signature crossing the bridge noodle served with 4-hour chicken broth, silkie chicken, beef, pork, fish, bok choy, bean sprouts, tofu skin, scallion, and cilantro. 

Information:

Address: 16 W 8th St, New York, NY 10011

Phone:  (212) 888-9653

Neighborhood: Greenwich Village

Price: $$-$$$


 

Tang Hotpot

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Overview:

Tang Hotpot is a new Sichuan destination from Yu Li, owner of the casual East Village noodle spot, The Tang. The decor is rather striking, with elegant 2-story high ceilings and a long narrow dining area with banquette seating and inset burners.  The space is devoted to group-friendly hot pots holding different types of broths with accompanying meats and vegetables for dipping. The menu is extremely affordable considering the massive spread that befalls you. Broths range in flavor and spice level. Opt for one of the platters like the Tang Deluxe with prime rib eye, goat leg, sea bass, quail egg, rice cakes, and much more. Cooking your own dinner here is a great interactive dining experience for a date or group event. 

Information:

Address:  135 Bowery, New York, NY 10002

Phone:  (917) 421-9330

Neighborhood: Chinatown

Price: $$$


 

Piggyback Bar

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Overview:

Piggyback Bar is a new, funky Jersey City restaurant from badass girl boss Leah Cohen. The space is a casual Asian American tavern with a whimsical menu and killer Manhattan views. The interior is very spacious and colorful with a massive patio out front directly facing the water. On the menu you'll find creative Southeast Asian bar bites and cocktails. Since this is mainly a bar, the food is extra crave worthy and pairs well with booze. You'll find mash-up dishes like a mapo chili dog, disco “phories” that include a pho gravy, Korean honey butter wings and a kimchi pulled pork sandwiches. 

Information:

Address  200 Hudson St, Jersey City, NJ 07311

Phone:  (201) 345-7775

Neighborhood: Jersey City

Price: $$-$$$


 

Málà Project  

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Overview:

Málà Project is a cozy, casual East Village spot where even the most jaded New Yorkers can come try food they have never experienced. The restaurant specializes in Sichuan dry pot which is a dish that became popular in the provincial capital of Chengdu during the ’80s. To build your dry pot there are roughly 70, yes 70, ingredients to choose from ranging from traditional (glass noodles, oyster mushrooms, prawns) to absolutely wild (beef artery, duck tongue, chicken gizzard). Ingredients are then tossed in a big bamboo bowl with plenty of cilantro and chili peppers. To round out your meal there are plenty of non-dry-pot specialties, like crispy-thin scallion pancakes, excellent dan dan noodles, and pan-fried pork dumplings. This is a really fun place to come with a group and try an interesting cuisine for a very low price. 

Information:

Address:  122 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 353-8880

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Little Alley

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Overview:

Little Alley is a traditional Shanghainese restaurant in Murray Hill. The space feels modern and sleek with brick lined walls and a women in the dining room hand rolling dumplings (which you must love, obviously). The menu has a long list of traditional meat & seafood entrees plus rice & noodles which are all much better than your average Chinese food restaurant. The dim sum selection has all the soup dumplings, pork buns and potstickers your heart could desire. Overall this is a casual neighborhood spot great for a relaxing dine-in experience or take out, at a very low price.

Information:

Address550 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone: (646) 998-3976

Neighborhood: Murray Hill

https://www.littlealley.nyc/

Price: $$


 

Carma East

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Overview:

Carma East is an East Village neighborhood spot which recently had it's first birthday. The atmosphere is modern and cozy; casual enough to frequent. The contemporary Chinese/Taiwanese menu mainly focuses on dim sum. You'll find the usual players- tons of dumplings, shu mai, crispy chicken and pork bao. The taiwanese style beef noodle soup is rich and loaded with chunks of meat. Dishes like general tso's chicken and crispy pork with cucumbers round out the menu. Full bar available. 

Information:

Address: : 507 E 6th St, New York, NY 10009

Phone: (212) 228-9688

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Koi

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Overview:

Koi is not your average "let's order sushi and sit on the couch" type of Japanese food joint. This Bryant Park Hotel venue is a bit of a boug-fest. The midtown restaurant is large and dark with towering ceilings, loud music and a chic vibe. You will be surrounded by men in suits with expense accounts and the rest of the power lunch set. The high end Japanese menu is done very well, offering fish of superior freshness and quality. There is a long list of share plates like the Koi signature crispy rice, wagyu carpaccio, potstickers and foie gras on seared tuna. The fish is obviously the star and you can't go wrong with any choices from the long list of signature rolls and sushi. Great place for a group if you are looking to get loud and share food, or for a Midtown business lunch.

Information:

Address:  40 W 40th St, New York, NY 10018

Phone:  (212) 921-3330

Neighborhood: Midtown West

Price: $$$


 

Talde

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Overview:

Talde was opened in 2012 by 3 partners including Top Chef alumni Dale Talde. The decor is tavern-like and casual. There is a small bar in the front and a long narrow dining room with an open kitchen & chefs counter. The menu is modernized Asian food; taking influences from places like Korea, Thailand & Talde's native Philippines. There are time tested staples like their pretzel pork & chive dumplings, kung pao wings with peanuts and Korean fried chicken. You will see dishes you recognize like pad thai and tom kha soup but they are entirely re-imagined and presented beautifully. I've traveled all around the world and this is still one of my all time favorite places.

Information:

Address:  367 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Phone: (347) 916-0031

Neighborhood: Park Slope, Brooklyn

Price: $$-$$$


 

Fish Cheeks

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Overview

Fish Cheeks is a great Bond St eatery from two chef-brothers out of Thailand. The space is modern and casual with beautifully vibrant colors all around and tons of natural light coming in from the floor to ceiling window out front. The menu is Thai comfort food served mainly family style and meant for sharing. Dishes are contemporary versions of this fiery cuisine with bright presentations. Small plates here are excellent; try the calamari with tamarind & fish sauce glaze, raw shrimp with bird’s eye chili & mint or the super juicy dark meat fried chicken. There are 12 family style entrees so there is a lot to choose from in the way of whole fish and other seafood swimming in complex sauces. I found myself walking away truly excited for having had this meal and anxious to return. 

Information:

Address55 Bond St, New York, NY 10012

Phone (212) 677-2223

Neighborhood: Noho

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Hanoi House

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Overview

Adding to what is easily one of NYC's greatest food blocks is the fantastic Hanoi House. Opened in late 2016, the space fits in perfectly on St Mark's. The design is casual and laid back with an open kitchen. The vibe is bustling and loud, but not uncomfortably so. If you've read a single story about the food here, I don't need to tell you it's great. They have taken Vietnamese food and make it modern, interesting & fun. Dishes are super shareable; I'd recommend a spread of papaya with crispy pigs ears, clam congee, or crab & pork spring rolls. A great treat is the bun cha - lemongrass pork, pork meatballs, green papaya, crab spring rolls, rice vermicelli, chili & garlic. You will undoubtedly walk out satisfied. 

Information:

Address 119 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (212) 995-5010

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$ -$$$


 

Mew Men


Overview

Mew Men is tucked away on quiet Cornelia street, just out of the chaos of the bustling West Village. The small no-frills space is simple - long communal tables, an open kitchen and a towering stereo system. The Japanese menu is short but it has the essentials. For small plates you'll find fried chicken, pork buns, and an excellent "spring tofu" with mushrooms in a sesame shoyu. The main focus is ramen and they offer 7 varieties with an arsenal of toppings. Dishes range from traditional noodles to something more interesting like the Tori Tantan noodles in a house made chili oil &  sesame paste broth. A menu of beer, sake and wine is available as well. 

Information:

Address: 7 Cornelia St, New York, NY 10014

Phone:     (212) 727-1050

Neighborhood: West Village

Price: $$


 

Jing Fong

Overview:

Not all Chinese food is created equal. Some, like Jing Fong, are better. The expansive Chinatown dim sum palace can serve up to 3k people per day, with 100's of menu items being pushes around on dim sum carts. They recently opened a second, smaller location in the Upper West Side that commands a crows as well. They offer every type of steamed, fried, baked and broiled options that your heart could ever desire. Their dumplings, turnip cakes and shrimp noodles are beyond excellent. Both locations are a fun place to take a big group and eat massive amounts of food extremely inexpensively. 

Information:

Address: 20 Elizabeth St, New York, NY 10013

380 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY 10024

Phone:    (212) 964-5256

Neighborhood: Chinatown, Upper West Side

Price: $$


 

The Tang


Overview:

I really love Asian stuff and I really love The Tang. This hole in the wall East Village restaurant is great for a quick meal or delivery. The noodle bar serves noodles, wraps, and appetizers from various regions in China. Small plates include garlic pork dumplings, fried turnip cakes, chilled beef shanks and Sesame Tofu with salted mustard. The noodles are where it's at though - super chewy, huge portions, and in a slew of varieties. There are 8 variations including drunk noodles, dan dan, and sizzling noodles topped with a variety of proteins. 

Information:

Address: 120 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10009

Phone:  (646) 678-3092

Neighborhood: East Village

Price: $$


 

Ms. Yoo


Overview:

Ms. Yoo is a new club/restaurant from the owner of the always delicious Mokbar, Esther Choi. Choi named the place after her grandmother and the sleek space features a dining room, beautifully decorated bar, and large club space on the second level. The food is contemporary Korean gastropub fare. The snacks are addictive like nori popcorn, honey butter chips and squid fries. Choi makes an insanely gluttonous 10oz. burger smothered in kimchi bacon onion jam & american cheese. Finally, her take on mac & cheese is brilliant subbing out Korean rice cakes for noodles.  Portions are large and the food is heavy, so it's best to share as you make your way through their list of craft cocktails. 

Information:

Address: 163 Allen St, New York, NY 10002

Phone: (917) 261-2490

Neighborhood: Lower East Side   

Price: $$-$$$


 

Cote


Overview

Cote is like an Asian meat palace. Restaurateur Simon Kim took the idea of humble Korean BBQ and elevated the concept into something chic. The space is minimalistic- high ceilings with clean lines and communal tables all outfitted with sunken grills. The meat is undeniably excellent and the selection is vast. Their staff expertly grills cuts of dry-aged and fresh meats like hanger steak and kalbi, or marinated short ribs.  They offer a la cart items but the star of the menu is the butcher’s feast arriving with prime beef with sides of ban chan, savory egg soufflé, kimchee and dwen-jang stew. 

Information:

Address  16 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

Phone:    (212) 401-7986

Neighborhood: Flatiron  

Website: https://www.cotenyc.com/

Price: $$$


 

Bessou


Overview

You should know about Bessou. The restaurant is located on Bleeker with an unassuming storefront and a stylishly decorated interior. The space feels Japanese- clean, contemporary & devout of too much fuss. I love the food. Not in a "it was good maybe I'd go back" kind of way; every single dish is great. The menu is not strictly Japanese but influenced by the owner’s childhood in New York and filled with variety. You'll find modern takes on sake steamed clams, crispy rice topped with fish, and chili oil cucumbers. There is a generous section of noodle dishes and rice including a chirashi bowl heaping with fish. Even the fried chicken is excellent, dusted in moroccan spices and served with kewpie potato salad & shiso tzatziki. This is an experience you should really have, at a price that makes it accessible.

Information

Address:  5 Bleecker St, New York, NY 10012

Phone : (212) 228-8502

Neighborhood: Noho

Website: http://bessou.nyc/

Price: $$$


 

Tim Ho Wan


Overview

The cheapest Michelin starred restaurant in the world has touched down in New York City. Want to understand how popular this place is? People wait in line for 3 hours at the original Hong Kong location just to eat here. Yes, in a place where you can get dim sum every 10 feet, people wait 3 hours. There are no frills there, or at their new Union Square location. Sit down, check off what you want with a pencil on the menu, and the food starts flying at you. Everything is excellent and there is a ton of variety. You'll find the usual dim sum suspects- rice rolls, steamed buns, dumplings & congee. The pan fried turnip cakes and pork shumai are particularly amazing. Is it worth the 2-3 hour wait? I don't know that I'd wait that long for anything (except sex and free money). However, the menu is cheap, delicious, and there is no shortage of bars in the area to tide you over in the mean time. 

Information

Address:  

85 4th Ave, New York, NY 10003

Phone:  (212) 228-2800

Neighborhood: Union Square

Website: http://timhowanusa.com/

Price: $


 

Madame Vo


Overview

Madame Vo came to the East Village this winter from the minds of a husband & wife team of Vietnamese dissent. The space feels like a casual neighborhood spot, as one would find on East 10th street, but has contemporary influences throughout the dining area. Truthfully I'm often bored with Vietnamese food; half the restaurants in this city all have the exact same menu. The MV team has added some exciting twists to update this style of food and make it new again. You will recognize names like rice noodles, spring rolls and papaya salad but they have all been made modern and eclectic while still remaining comforting. There are summer rolls with egg & sausage, pho with short rib & meatballs, and chicken wings in caramelized garlic-fish sauce. You eat this food and you can tell that it is made by people who love what they are creating

Information

Address:   212 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003

Phone:    (917) 261-2115

Neighborhood: East Village

Website: https://www.madamevo.com/

Price: $$


 

Zuma


Information

Address: 261 Madison Ave, New York, NY 10016

Phone:   (212) 544-9862

Neighborhood: Midtown East

Website: https://www.zumarestaurant.com/

Price: $$$

Overview

I wish that I could afford to eat at Zuma 5 times/week because I would. The restaurant has outposts all over the world in places like Dubai, Bangkok, and Miami. They take their NYC home in Midtown and it is a contemporary masterpiece. Every design element of the restaurant has clearly been carefully choreographed. The space is massive with multiple floors, two bars, 6 private dining rooms & open kitchens with seating throughout. You'll find a landscape of beautiful woman and business men in suits. The menu offers a wide range of Japanese dining options including expertly prepared sushi, tempura, robata grilled meats & assorted cold dishes. Everything is designed to share and it is genuinely all great. This meal will definitely set you back a few $ but it is well worth the splurge.