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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.

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.

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

              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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