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ISO an interesting, upscale Asian restaurant not by David Chang

Am meeting some a friend this coming weekend in Manhattan and she wants to (in her own words) go to "an interesting, upscale Asian restaurant not by David Chang". So no Momofuku or Má Pêche. (No prejudice here, I gather she has recently been to Ssäm Bar and wants to try something different).

I have a few thoughts (Buddakan, Shang, HanGawi, Chinatown Brasserie, Kyotofu and Yakitori Tatto among them) but was hoping for something new for me as well.

Any thoughts?

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HanGawi
12 E 32nd St, New York, NY 10016

Chinatown Brasserie
380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

Kyotofu
144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

Shang
187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

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  1. I really like Soto. The composed dishes fit your description (get anything with uni).

    SHO Shaun Hergatt has some Asian elements too...

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    SHO Shaun Hergatt
    40 Broad St, New York, NY 10004

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    1. re: ChiefHDB

      SHO is about as un-asian as i can imagine.

      and i have a pretty broad definition of Asian

      1. re: thew

        Hahaha, fair enough. I was straining to give the OP some new recs....

    2. Hmmm, there's not a whole lot of upscale Asian in NYC to begin with and I assume you want more atmosphere than, say, NY Noodletown, but also good food that's worth the price. This can be tough unless you go with Japanese cuisine.

      But I wouldn't really call Kyotofu or Totto all that upscale in atmosphere. You should probably throw Lotus of Siam and Kin Shop into the mix although the former has been getting middling reviews here. I was terribly disappointed in Shang when I went, and would avoid it. I like Chinatown Brasserie during the day for dim sum, not a huge fan of the atmosphere at night. The non-dim sum dishes I've tried there have only been OK.

      Have you considered Kyo Ya?

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      Chinatown Brasserie
      380 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

      Kyo Ya
      94 E 7th St, New York, NY 10009

      Kyotofu
      144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011

      Shang
      187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

      Lotus of Siam
      24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

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      1. re: kathryn

        I was terribly disappointed by Shang as well, although I went when they first opened, and I figured I'll try it again at some point.

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        Shang
        187 Orchard Street, New York, NY 10002

      2. Woo Lae Oak, maybe?

        anyone been to DOB 111 yet?

        http://baonyc.websiteanimal.com/#/dob...

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        Woo Lae Oak
        148 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012

        DOB 111
        115 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009

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        1. re: coasts

          haven't been - but what i was told about DOB - just hearsay - didnt conjure upscale

          1. re: coasts

            I actually like Woo Lae Oak - if you don't think of it as a Korean restaurant but a merely Korean-influenced restaurant, it's quite good. I will be honest though and say I haven't been in past few years, but when I went a few times the food was delicious, ambiance trendy but not in an annoying way, and the waiters were very, very cute.

          2. not as hip as the places you mention, but upscale chinese can be found at shanghai pavilion on the UES.

            from your list i like yakitori totto and kyotofu

                1. re: thew

                  EN and 15 East, also, and Asiate, although it's more "Asian" than Asian. I can't think of anymore M restaurants except for Menkui and Menchanko, and they aren't upscale enough. Alas.

                  1. re: small h

                    there's minca, but their ramen is icky

                    1. re: thew

                      Agreed. I've been looking for awesome seafood or vegetarian ramen in Manhattan for years. Either it's very well disguised, or it doesn't exist.