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Feb 7, 2011 01:23 AM

Unusual cuisine in Midtown?

I am staying in Midtown for 4 nights and looking for some unusual cuisines to try. I am planning to go to Cafe Mingala one night, as I LOVE Burmese food. Do you have any suggestions for other places ... Asian cuisine preferred, but really I am game for anything. Thanks in advance!

Cafe Mingala
1393 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      No, but I am more interested in places closer to where I am staying.

      1. re: abloomcinti

        Ma Peche is great.

        Ma Peche
        15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

        1. re: Riverman500

          Agree with Riverman500 about Ma Peche; it's one of my favorite restaurants.

          Ma Peche
          15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

    2. It's hard to know what qualifies as unusual, but Ilili, a wonderful Lebanese place on Fifth Ave and 27th St, might qualify. I ate there for the first time last week and loved it!

      236 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10001

      1. Hagi, on 152 West 49th Street. It's a Japanese sake bar and appetizer place. No sushi, but delicious pork belly yakitori and sauteed garlic sprouts.

        1. Szechuan Gourmet - Sichuan, try the tongue & tripe, the rabbit, conch, frogs, sea cucumber, duck tongues...
          Madangsui - Korean BBQ, oyster scallion pancakes, I think they have a 2 person minimum for BBQ though
          Yakitori Totto - get there early to try skewers of chicken liver, chicken gizzard, chicken heart, chicken knee, chicken neck, chicken tail, chicken oyster ("rare part of chicken thigh")
          Toloache - huitlacoche or grasshopper tacos, any one?
          Pam's Real Thai
          Tulcingo de Valle
          Chez Napoleon (old school French restaurant) - kidney, calf's brains, rabbit, quail, frogs legs, sweetbreads

          For non-Western European/American

          Foreign Street Grub

          totally obscure, odd, and intriguing menu items

          See also http://midtownlunch.com/lunch-by-food... for lots of reviews of places in Midtown.

          695 10th Ave, New York, NY 10036

          Yakitori Totto
          251 W 55th St, New York, NY 10019

          251 West 50th Street, New York, NY 10019

          35 W 35th St, New York, NY 10001

          Szechuan Gourmet
          21 W 39th St, New York, NY 10018

          Chez Napoleon
          365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019

          19 W 46th St, New York, NY 10036

          144 W 18th St, New York, NY 10011