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Jan 11, 2011 05:46 PM

Cafe Asean

Good mee goreng at lunch today; Malaysian chef has a nice touch with the wok. Executive chef, Simpson Wong, is Malaysian, too; waitress tells me he mans the stove himself on Wednesdays, 7:00-9:00. But not again, though, till mid-February; he's overseas, seeking inspiration for new dishes in Indonesia.

Cafe Asean
117 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

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    1. re: Pan

      More than adequately, but since I neglected to ask for "spicy," I'm sure the chefs can amp up the heat, too.

    2. THis used to be my go to for SEA food but have not been in years. Glad to hear its still kicking

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      1. re: princeofpork

        Where have you been going lately?

        1. re: Pan

          No where to speak of lately. Holy Basil, Thai NY, SEA (before it closed), OG(before it closed), Pong Sri, Lantern, Jaiya....
          Haven't been out to Queens yet.

          Holy Basil
          149 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

      2. i live 2 blocks away so its a great local staple...great food, great prices, no frills.

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        1. re: sam1

          I agree with all of that, but along with the 'no frills' I find it a very appealing, attractive space.

        2. I haven't been in years but used to go pretty frequently when I spent more time in the area. It's a charming little place - especially that back area. Also glad to hear it is still up and running.

          1. I think this place is almost ideal for a first date. Not pricey, shows an adventurousness with food and has great ambiance. I haven't been back in a while, but I always enjoyed the food there.