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your most authentic "ethnic" dining experience?

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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. 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.

    Thanks.

    1. Skyway Malaysian is pretty good for that.

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      1. re: Pan

        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?
        P.

        1. re: Polecat

          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. 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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        1. re: seal

          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.

          1. re: Gary Soup

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

        2. Just about anywhere in Chinatown http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/... One example:
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/334386
          and Florence's restaurant (Ghanaian) in Harlem
          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/322376

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

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