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Date Night: Chop Shop, a Hidden Gem in Chelsea

Date Night Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 1 comment

For years, Chinese in Chelsea has meant Grand Sichuan, with its spicy authenticity and frenzied vibe. A block or so away, Chop Shop offers peace, calm, and fusion. More

The Vegetarian Option: Tiengarden

The Vegetarian Option Howard Walfish 1 comment

They're easy to take for granted these days, but there was a time when Asian fusion restaurants were an oddity. If they were vegetarian, or—even worse, vegan—they were considered places only hippies or bohemians would visit. Tiengarden on the Lower East Side has been around for over 15 years, making it one of the oldest vegan fusion restaurants in the city. I thought I'd stop in and see how the food holds up to my modern sensibilities. More

Date Night: Shi

Date Night Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler Post a comment

Shi perfectly encapsulates this section of Long Island City. Both exude glitter and polish and sexy elegance, deliberate planning and careful marketing and a little bit of blandness. From inside, you watch Manhattan shine and sparkle, doing the dance it's done in the imaginations of so many for so long. With its floor-to-ceiling windows and plush leather seats, Shi is best for: a loungey date with a lovely view. More

Wong in the West Village: Asian Fusion That's (Usually) Done Right

J. Kenji López-Alt 1 comment

Pan-Asian cuisine can be a gamble at best. The flavors of China, Vietnam, Thailand, and Malaysia—all of which make an apperance on Wong's menu, sometimes in a single dish—are so diverse that more often than not, endeavors like this end in confusion rather than triumph. For the most part, Wong avoids the typical pratfalls of overzealous menus, serving food that's incredibly fresh, refined, carefully thought-out for the most part, and reasonably priced even when it's not. More

Date Night: Franchia

Date Night Jessica Allen and Garrett Ziegler 2 comments

Franchia made us feel like the dumplings they serve. This Asian-inflected, vegan restaurant offers serenity with a side of placidity. More

The Vegetarian Option: Tsampa

The Vegetarian Option Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Tsampa 212 East 9th Street (near 3rd Ave; map); (212) 614-3226‎; menu Cuisine: Tibetan Veggie Options: about 8 appetizers, 9 main courses Cost: About $15/person before drinks The East Village may be one of Manhattan's most culinarily... More

Fatty 'Cue: Brooklyn Barbecue Goes Asian

Ed Levine 16 comments

Brooklyn's exploding food scene features all the comfort foods serious eaters love, but what's the final peak that's yet to be climbed? Barbecue. Enter Fatty 'Cue—where Fatty Crab chef-restaurateur Zak Pelaccio is marrying his passion for Malaysian flavors with meat smoked low and slow. It's Asian barbecue of a most unorthodox kind. More

The Vegetarian Option: Double Crown

The Vegetarian Option Maggie Hoffman Post a comment

[Photographs: Maggie Hoffman] Double Crown 316 Bowery, New York NY 10012 (at Bleecker St.; map); (212) 254-0350; doublecrown-nyc.com Cuisine: Colonial-inspired Southeast Asian Veggie Options: Four salads / sides, two main courses Cost: around $30 for one main dish and one... More

ZuZu Ramen in Park Slope, a Nice Addition to the Neighborhood

Erin Zimmer 3 comments

Zuzu Ramen, which opened in Park Slope in May, has been commonly referred to as "the ramen shop from the Sheep Station people" by neighbors. That'd be the popular Aussie-themed gastropub around the corner. The owners have a tight local... More

Sugar Rush: Chal Sook Hoduk at Cafe Ele

Sugar Rush Kathy YL Chan 4 comments

My single favorite Korean pastry, chal sook hoduk, is plentiful and easy to find throughout pockets of Los Angeles. Here in New York City, however, we are sorely deprived of this blessing. It encompasses mochi, pastry, and red bean... More

Serious Lunch Deals: Pan-Asian Edition

Nick Solares 5 comments

With so many eateries offering prix-fixe lunches, it can be hard to distinguish the good from the seriously good. Here are five favorites in the pan-Asian genre. Momofuku Ssam Bar For $25, Ssam Bar lets you choose one of three... More

Bep in Williamsburg, the Little Vietnamese Restaurant That Could

Tam Ngo 7 comments

"In a city of bad Vietnamese food, the ambitious Bep has carved itself a niche." Cha gio. All photographs by Tam Ngo The failings of New York's Viet restaurants usually occur in a combination of three ways: poor quality of... More

Philippines Fast-Food Giant Jollibee Makes East Coast Debut on Valentine's Day

Joe DiStefano 4 comments

White Castle turns into the “Love Castle,” this Valentine’s Day, but based on the throbbing castle graphic on their site, it’s unclear whether this involves white tablecloths and candlelight, as in years past, or bearskin rugs and a 70s... More

Izakaya Report: Torys in Midtown East

Tam Ngo 2 comments

Editor's note: Izakayas are down-to-earth drinking joints in Japan that also serve food—as in, more than just snacks. They've become more and more prominent in the New York City landscape, and nobody here at Serious Eats knows them better than... More

Adzuki Bean Croissants at Panya Bakery

Carey Jones Post a comment

"Cross-cultural pollination at its best?" There are many things to love about little Panya Bakery in the East Village— its wide array of Japanese confections; its fluffy, milky white bread sold by the half-loaf; its almost eerily cheery counter girls.... More

Young & Hungry: Province is Not 'Cheap Eats'

Jenn Sit 1 comment

"Cheap" is relative. With cheap eats lists coming at you from every other magazine and website, I find myself scouring them and wondering how these writing staffs determine what exactly "cheap" means to them. Nothing got me thinking about... More

Ruby Foo's is now a good neighborhood restaurant.

Ed Levine 5 comments

I know no one is going to believe me, but the Ruby Foo's on 77th and Broadway has become what is desperately needed in any neighborhood, a good, reasonably priced restaurant that you can walk into and get a... More

Cheap Eats in the Big Apple

Ed Levine Post a comment

I may have already posted about this place, but I had another great ten dollar lunch at Peter Klein's pan-Asian storefront restaurant Chino's. Excellent crunchy fried tofu squares, a good enough Chinese chicken salad, meaty pork spare ribs in a... More

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