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W74th - Pan Asian replaces Aegean

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nativeNYer Jul 11, 2007 09:12 PM

Large signs on windows of former Aegean announce a new, unnamed Pan-Asian restaurant with a sushi bar. Seems like it will be several months before it will be ready for business as the inside is still in shambles.

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    harrison RE: nativeNYer Jul 12, 2007 08:11 AM

    Great - just what we needed. At least it's not a bank.

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      nativeNYer RE: harrison Jul 12, 2007 09:04 AM

      yup. i love asian food but we have enough up there. however, if it was really, really good asian, then i wouldn't complain. i think it's interesting that they've left the restaurant unnamed. hmmmm.... anyway, there are several great sushi places within several blocks of each other so i'm not keen of the idea of another sushi place opening there.

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        JoanN RE: nativeNYer Jul 12, 2007 05:36 PM

        If "Pan Asian" included some really good Thai I could be a happy camper. I doubt we'll get that lucky though.

    2. Ora RE: nativeNYer Jul 12, 2007 08:33 AM

      I wish we were getting something more "interesting," but what would that be? Maybe a good Caribbean place would liven things up? I would have loved a great Parisian boulangerie in that spot...oh well, only dreaming...

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        nativeNYer RE: Ora Jul 12, 2007 09:09 AM

        yeh, i'm not too sure what i wanted to open there but we have enough good sushi bars in the nabe. carribean or even southern food (from new orleans!!!) would have definitely been fun. also, good greek would have been nice or a great rib place like daisy may's. as long as it's not a bank, i'm not too terribly torn apart. i'm guessing a bank will be going into the penang space.

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        MikeG RE: nativeNYer Jul 12, 2007 06:11 PM

        Call me a wet blanket, but I just sighed when I saw the sign yesterday myself. "Pan" anything generally makes me cringe, and from past experience,"pan Asian" in particular makes me tend to cross the street. IMX and IMO, it's rarely more than pan-mediocrity...

        BUT, like Harrison said, at least it's not a bank, and I'll add, or a nail salon or cute little boutique of the sort that have been popping up like mushrooms around here of late so that's something anyway.

        Not liking sushi, I've never bothered with Lenge, but I wonder how that's going to work out? They've been there a long time and are usually quite busy (and managed to put another Japanese resto up the street out of business years ago.)

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          nativeNYer RE: MikeG Jul 12, 2007 06:35 PM

          tenzan seems to be the sushi place of choice up here. however, lenge is always crowded as well. i've gone to neither place b/c i'm not a sushi eater. yeh, i wasn't thrilled when i saw the sign either but glad it isn't an estee lauder or a clinique shop. it's makeup city over here.

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            harrison RE: MikeG Jul 13, 2007 06:52 AM

            MikeG I 100% agree about Pan. Trying to cater to to many tastes at once rather than focusing on and executing one type of cuisine.

            Lenge sushi has been awful for many many years and continues to thrive so I'm sure there are no worries there. We have no shortage of sushi options for those of us who partake often. And I agree that Tenzan is the best right now.

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              susanova RE: harrison Jul 24, 2007 11:29 AM

              Is Lenge really that awful? I was there last month, and while most of the fish was just pretty good, the sea eel was excellent.

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                JoanN RE: susanova Jul 24, 2007 12:21 PM

                Lenge is about a block and a half from my apartment. I stopped going many years ago after a couple of really bad meals in a row. Last summer, though, I had a sushi craving late one afternoon as I was passing by and decided, based on some not-so-bad reviews here, to give it another try. The place was practically empty. I sat at the sushi bar and asked what was good. I don't recall the details now, but I was very pleasantly surprised. I think it is possible to get a decent meal there, but it seems to be hit or miss. And now, with Tenzan not much farther from me, there hasn't been any reason for me to try it again.

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