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your most authentic "ethnic" dining experience?

ChowHappy Dec 30, 2006 07:01 AM

I want a meal that transports me to another country. it doesn't have to be in manhattan. any experiences you've had that have transported you to another time or place? share please!

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  1. The Chowhound Team RE: ChowHappy Dec 30, 2006 07:16 AM

    Folks, please do chime in with recommendations for authentic ethnic dining in Manhattan, however, discussion of food not available in Manhattan will be outside of the scope of this board and will be removed.


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      Pan RE: ChowHappy Dec 30, 2006 10:51 AM

      Skyway Malaysian is pretty good for that.

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        Polecat RE: Pan Dec 31, 2006 12:45 AM

        Have been to Skyway, really enjoyed it. Having never been to Malaysia, though, and knowing - if I'm not mistaken in my memory of a previous post - that you lived there, I'm curious to know how it is reminiscent of being there. Is it just the authenticity of the food, or more?

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          Pan RE: Polecat Dec 31, 2006 06:42 AM

          Nothing more than the authentic taste of the food. Malay is not spoken in the restaurant, and there's nothing obviously Malaysian about most of the clientele.

      2. seal RE: ChowHappy Dec 30, 2006 02:23 PM

        As per the mods reply above, you may want to post your question on the "Outer Boroughs" board as well, if you do not mind travelling (very close) outside Manhattan.

        Having said that, Kittichai, on Thompson St. in Soho does a fine job of feeling like a place that the rich people in Bangkok might frequent. The real problem is that, many of the ethnic joints in Manhattan have that same quality - even the authentic ones are usually very upscale.

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          Gary Soup RE: seal Dec 30, 2006 02:33 PM

          That seems like an odd observation; hereabouts (SF) at least, there are far more low-end ethnic restaurants than upscale ones, and the upscale "ethnic" restaurants are more likely to have dumbed-down cuisine. I would have expected the same of NYC, even pricey Manhattan.

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            Brian S RE: Gary Soup Dec 30, 2006 03:52 PM

            Manhattan is like SF in that regard. E.g. the places I mention below.

        2. Brian S RE: ChowHappy Dec 30, 2006 03:50 PM

          Just about anywhere in Chinatown http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... One example:
          and Florence's restaurant (Ghanaian) in Harlem

          1. E Eto RE: ChowHappy Dec 31, 2006 01:09 AM

            Try E 116th Street for Mexican food. You might need to brush up on your Spanish when you go.

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              surfer dude RE: ChowHappy Dec 31, 2006 02:34 AM

              Szechuan Gourmet ( 135-15 37th Ave. Corner of Prince Street, Flushing (718) 888-9388) - best szechuan in NYC!

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