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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 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