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Can't get into Spice Market or Megu. Where to go?

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Friend in from out of town. Wants Asian food. I can't get into Spice Market or Megu. Anything else with that type of atmosphere and food?

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  1. Mai House might be an option

    Mai House
    186 Franklin Street, New York, NY 10013

      1. re: LeahBaila

        Thanks. I know that Chinatown Brasserie is very big on this site, but personally I don't think it is in the same league as these others.

        1. re: JC2

          In the same league as Spice Market? I found the food there pretty disappointing.


      2. I think Buddakan is a great option. Their food and drinks are better than Spice market, IMO.

        1. Buddakan is great. Between Spice Market and Megu, Megu hands down. Heard Spice Market is very disappointing. The sushi at Megu is great, very fresh.

          1. Chow Bar. Food is similar to Spice Market but of higher quality, with lower prices and no attitude, but a festive atmoshpere.

            1. Buddakan was more expensive renovation than megu 11 million vs 8 million or something like that. Buddakan is good choice and I enjoy the food more there than at the overpriced, overrated Megu, Although the bar at Megu is really nice. Another choice is Kittichai, a really nice place

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              1. re: foodwhisperer

                I had forgotten about Kittichai. I went about 3 years ago, and thought the food was good. Drinks good also. Management/service a bit snotty. Decor was par for the course (sleek, sultry, dark, exotic). But I do remember thinking that, while I liked what I ate, it was grossly overpriced for what you get. If it were my friend, I would take them to Buddakan. But Kittichai is also an option to consider, with better food than Spice Market.

              2. What about Susur Lee's new Shang?

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                1. re: jthefoodie

                  I have a reservation at Buddakan. Has any one been to Shang yet? Reports?

                2. Kuma Inn, Fool! On the lower east side...no scene, but SICK food!

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                  1. re: rmw102176

                    i second the Kuma Inn,, its a hidden gem