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Cafe Asean

DaveCook Jan 11, 2011 05:46 PM

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.

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

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    InfoMofo Jan 13, 2011 08:18 AM

    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.

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      Olive123 Jan 13, 2011 03:18 AM

      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.

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        sam1 Jan 12, 2011 05:17 PM

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

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          Deb Van D Jan 13, 2011 04:13 AM

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

        2. princeofpork Jan 12, 2011 12:13 PM

          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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            Pan Jan 12, 2011 12:54 PM

            Where have you been going lately?

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              princeofpork Jan 12, 2011 04:59 PM

              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.

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

              Jaiya
              396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016

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            Pan Jan 11, 2011 11:00 PM

            How spicy was the food?

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              DaveCook Jan 12, 2011 09:30 AM

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

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