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The Vegetarian Option: Tiengarden

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

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

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

The Vegetarian Option: Tsampa

[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

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

[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

Izakaya Report: Torys in Midtown East

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

Cheap Eats in the Big Apple

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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