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Good Asian Eats- Midtown East

Any suggestions for restaurants in the East 50s area? Preferably upscale (but not too pretentious) Asian-- either Indian, Thai, Vietnamese or Japanese. Thanks!

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  1. mint is lovely for delicious, upscale indian on east 50th

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    1. re: christina_nyc

      I ate at mint with 4 other people. The food was bland and they forgot to bring out one of our orders

    2. Shun Lee Palace (Chinese)
      155 E 55th St
      New York, NY 10022
      Mon-Sat 12:00pm-11:30pm
      Sun 12:00pm-11:00pm
      Tel: (212) 371-8844
      Fax: (212) 752-1936

      There is a place next door but I think they were defectors of Shun Lee. Ate there once and just thought the food was OK. Shun Lee is better.

      Restaurant Riki 248 E 52nd Street - New York, NY. 212-888-3275
      Note they got a $20 min per person. Its good if you want to go drink.

      Yama 49 (Japanese)
      308 E 49th St (Cross Street: Second Avenue)
      New York, NY 10017View Map
      (212) 355-3370

      Vong (French/Thai)
      200 E 54th St
      New York, NY 10022
      (212) 486-9592

      Peking Duck House
      236 E 53 STREET (Cross Street: 3rd Avenue)
      New York, NY 10022
      (212) 759-8260

      Don't go to Mr Chow unless you want to get ripped.

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      1. re: designerboy01

        Aah...good old Shun Lee Palace. Had alligator there once. As much as I hate to say this...it tasted like chicken.

        Definitely upscale, classy, high ceilings. What I kind of remember most about it, for some reason, is how dark it was. Felt kind of like midnight at 4pm.

        1. re: Polecat

          I like alligator. I had alligator paws in Canton as part of a snake banquet. They had to get a specail chef to cook the dishes I wanted. Alligator is good for people with asthma.

      2. There are a few options (although limited) that range from yummy to sucky.

        I-Chin (Indo-Chinese): East 50th between 2nd/3rd Ave
        Menchanko-Tei Midtown East (Japanese): East 45th/Lex Ave
        Oriental Noodle Shop (Chinese): East 45/Lex Ave
        Our Place Shanghai Tea Garden (Chinese): East 55th/Lex Ave
        Peking Duck House (Chinese): East 53rd/3rd Ave
        Vong (Thai): East 54th/3rd Ave
        Mint (Indian), is excellent as Christina mentioned above.
        Amma (Indian): East 51st

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        1. re: Foodaholic

          I think she wanted upscale and in the 50s. I'm not sure if I agree with Oriental Noodle Shop.

          1. re: designerboy01

            I know Oriental Noodle Shop isn't considered as upscale. I figured I'd loop it in there anyways as its a solid place for Chinese uptown.

            How do you know newbiefoodie is a female? :) Just kidding.

            1. re: Foodaholic

              I actually am female-- good assumption designerboy01. Thanks for all the suggestions-- definitely helps. Foodaholic-- have you actually been to I-Chin, and if so, can you suggest anything?
              Thanks!

                1. re: newbiefoodie

                  Hi Newbie,

                  I have been to I-Chin only once, it was good but a tad expensive for two cuisines that I am apprehensive to paying a lot for (Indian / Chinese). I enjoyed their appetizers (Dual Sided Shrimp and Lamb meat spring rolls) and my entree was just okay (Spinach with Paneer Balls).

                2. re: Foodaholic

                  Oriental Noodle shop isn't even the best cheap Chinese on the block. I much prefer Hop Won (or whatever it's called, it's the sister shop to Hing Won on 48th) a couple doors down from Oriental Noodle Shop. Better quality fare overall, though they're both prone to inconsistency.

              1. re: Foodaholic

                Curious if anyone has been to the new Indian/Chinese I-Chin on 50th Street....looks upscale; not cheap but menu looks interesting...

              2. Chin Chin...Grand Marnier Shrimp...yum. They also have a little known Peking Duck special that is only $34 a person.

                1. If you want the best quality sushi in NYC, you're within a short walking distance to either Kuruma (west) or Yasuda (south). Kuruma is on 47th/Madison, and Yasuda is on 43rd/3rd. If you don't feel like walking so far, or don't want the damage to your wallet, then the next tier of sushi places are Ichimura (2nd/54th), Seo (52nd/2nd), and Tsushima (47th/3rd) (probably in that order).

                  Other honorable mention for upscalish Japanese in the area would be Sakagura (43rd/3rd), Megu (1st/49th?), or Oga (47th/3rd).