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djs7d Jun 19, 2011 07:58 PM

I am looking for the best Asian Fusion restaurant in New York City and I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks!

  1. lipoff Jun 19, 2011 08:01 PM

    I think you would have difficulty going wrong with either momofuku ssäm bar or má pêche. Depending on what you mean by "Asian fusion" perhaps Lotus of Siam, Angelo Sosa's Social Eatz, or Baohaus could also fit the bill.

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    BaoHaus
    137 Rivington St, New York, NY 10002

    Lotus of Siam
    24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

    Social Eatz
    232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

    22 Replies
    1. re: lipoff
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      djs7d Jun 19, 2011 09:14 PM

      buddakan looks great! Anybody have any thoughts about it?

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      Buddakan
      75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      1. re: djs7d
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        foodiechan Jun 20, 2011 05:00 AM

        Buddakan is a festive place, but the last few times that I was in I thought the crowd had gotten a bit trashier then when it first opened, as more B&T types now go to that place.

        Give The Hurricane Club a go. Modernized "Tiki" food which is their take on Asian Fusion. If you go with a large group like ten or more, their Luau Pig option is simply awesome.

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        Buddakan
        75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

        Hurricane Club
        360 Park Ave S, New York, NY 10010

        1. re: foodiechan
          huiray Jun 28, 2011 06:05 AM

          B&T folks = trash? My, my. This condescending sneer is a tad ugly, sir.

          What about places that serve food resulting from a mixture of Pakistani & English or Bengali & American or Turkish & Israeli or even generic "Anglo-Indian" etc etc? Those would also be "Asian fusion" as they are Asian cuisines mixed with another cuisine outside itself (can be related cuisines, though). :-) Any good places for these and similar in Manhattan?

      2. re: lipoff
        ellenost Jun 20, 2011 08:08 AM

        Please skip Lotus of Siam; it is merely average Thai food with tiny portions and high prices. It is no longer affiliated with the famous Lotus of Siam in Las Vegas. I went to the NYC version, and have no plans to return. The food wasn't bad, but it wasn't anything special for the price.

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        Lotus of Siam
        24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. re: ellenost
          lipoff Jun 20, 2011 09:49 AM

          Is this is a new development? I went very shortly after they opened, and Saipin was there, and most of the food we had was excellent, if not quite at the consistency of the Las Vegas location which I thought was understandable for a brand new space in a new market. I'm sorry to hear that it didn't work out for Saipin and Bill.

           
          1. re: lipoff
            ellenost Jun 20, 2011 09:57 AM

            There were reports about the split a few months ago.

            1. re: lipoff
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              kathryn Jun 20, 2011 12:14 PM

              ...about six months ago

              http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

            2. re: ellenost
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              michelleats Jun 20, 2011 10:07 AM

              I have to concur with ellenost to avoid Lotus of Siam. Of the four or five times we've been, only one meal was actually good -- and that was during the soft opening.

              Buddakan has surprisingly decent food considering how sceney it is.

              Kin Shop is a mixed bag, but there are some very good dishes on the menu. I happen to love the massaman goat, Chiang Mai sausage over congee and (very non-Kosher) crispy oyster and pork salad.

              I agree with lipoff that you can't go wrong with Ma Peche. If you can swing it, Momofuku Ko is, in my opinion, one of the best restaurants in NYC and probably the US. Reservations are actually not all that difficult to come by these days. (You book it online, through their system.)

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              Buddakan
              75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Momofuku Ko
              163 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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

              Kin Shop
              469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

              Lotus of Siam
              24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

              1. re: michelleats
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                Simon Jun 20, 2011 10:08 PM

                surprised to hear you call Kin Shop a mixed bag...i've eaten there at least 15 times and it's among the most consistently delicious food i know of in NY..

                1. re: Simon
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                  michelleats Jun 20, 2011 10:30 PM

                  I think the dishes that they do well, they do very well. There are a few things on the menu that I really dislike, though, including the garam masala and tomato soup. I think the hard white urad dal at the bottom of the bowl and the taste of untempered powdered spice in the soup are pretty terrible, actually.

                  There was a crab noodle dish on the menu a while back I thought was also very bad (with tinned, fishy-tasting crab and satay sauce, but little other flavoring) and I dislike the current wonton noodle dish that I think only appears on the lunch menu (also bland).

                  I thought the beef tartar dish -- which was on the menu a little while ago, but doesn't seem to be any longer -- was also just ok, not great. IIRC, I tried it just a day after trying David Chang's version, though, which used incredibly high quality beef and maybe that's why it compared so unfavorably. At a recent lunch, the aquatic vegetables were completely humdrum, though on previous visits, the water chestnuts in the dish were fresh, fragrant and sweet.

                  That said, there are a lot of consistently good dishes on the menu. I forgot to mention the beef marrow bone in my earlier post. It's really nicely done at Kin Shop. And the roasted duck breast is nicely prepared as well.

                  1. re: michelleats
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                    Simon Jun 21, 2011 03:00 PM

                    hi michelleats...i appreciate the detailed descriptions...despite working my way through a big portion of the menu, i haven't had any of those dishes...(or i might have had the tomato soup and found it fine but forgettable)

                    there have been a few stray things i wasn't thrilled with myself: there was a baby octopus w/ red curry a couple months ago that i found mushy and ill-conceived...i found the snapper in green curry just ok, and not worth the price...and one time i had a side of white rice, i thought it was a travesty: i politely yet strongly suggested that they a) buy a new rice cooker and b) buy a better grade of rice...

                    but those 3 things were anolamies, and pretty much everything else i've had has been very good to stellar...the dishes in my regular rotation are: the rabbit w/ sour yellow curry (which i think has been changed to goose leg), the fluke ceviche (not on menu now?), the pork meatball soup, the grilled shrimp, duck laab, and especially the fried oyster and crispy pork belly salad...

                    i'm going again next week for a friend's bday, so i will report back on any new menu items...

              2. re: ellenost
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                Ottojr Jun 28, 2011 10:20 AM

                So glad I found out about the dissolution of the creators and the other partner. I would not even waste my time going to the Lotus of Siam in New York now.

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                Lotus of Siam
                24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

                1. re: ellenost
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                  foodwhisperer Mar 29, 2012 07:59 PM

                  Lotus Siam has gone downhill from when they first opened. It is really not a place to eat anymore.(not that they were great to begin with, but the original chef is long gone).
                  For Asian Fusion, Wong on Cornelia St is good.

                2. re: lipoff
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                  michelleats Jun 20, 2011 10:13 AM

                  Would you tell me more about Social Eatz, lipoff? I haven't yet been.

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                  Social Eatz
                  232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

                  1. re: michelleats
                    MWinston Jun 27, 2011 11:24 AM

                    I was at Social Eatz two days ago for my first time. It was very casual dining and the food was very tasty in general. It is owned by Angelo of Top Chef fame who is known for putting an Asian spin on American classics. We had the Ribs and Spring Rolls as appetizers which were both very good. I also enjoyed the Bibimbap Burger, though on the small side for the burger patty, was very tasty and the Kung Pow...Wow sandwich was very interesting and flavorful. I have a pretty large appetite so I definitely needed the appetizers to get full but I was quite satisfied with the meal. It's also much cheaper and more casual than many of the other places listed in this thread.

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                    Social Eatz
                    232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

                    1. re: MWinston
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                      michelleats Jun 27, 2011 12:41 PM

                      Thanks, MWinston! I appreciate your take. I sort of hate their publicity team (the menu sounds like it was written by lolcats), but the food sounds interesting.

                      1. re: michelleats
                        i8NYC Jun 27, 2011 01:08 PM

                        Basta Pasta. Greenwich Grill is good too.

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                        Basta Pasta
                        37 W 17th St, New York, NY 10011

                        Greenwich Grill
                        428 Greenwich Street, New York, NY 10013

                        1. re: michelleats
                          MWinston Jul 1, 2011 12:59 PM

                          Might as well add my 2 photos here. Bibimbap Burger and the Kung Pow...Wow.

                           
                           
                        2. re: MWinston
                          lipoff Jun 28, 2011 05:13 AM

                          I really love Social Eatz! Just went there yesterday in fact --- my Hanoi burger was among the best burgers I've ever had --- rare inside, crispy outside, terrificly bright and bold Asian flavors in the slaw and sauces, and a bun that didn't get soggy but wasn't too bready. My DC's fish tacos were excellent, and we also had a the chopped salad with a perfectly poached egg, and this beautiful Asian tangerine dressing and lots of fresh dill weed. They made me a great Yuzu mocktail, and we had yuzu cream puffs for dessert. The latter were little doughnut balls topped with a yuzu cream --- that dallop of yuzu cream was the best part. Whole meal was about $20/pp, which is about as high as you can go there, without alcohol.

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                          Social Eatz
                          232 E 53rd St, New York, NY 10022

                           
                           
                           
                          1. re: lipoff
                            foodseek Mar 29, 2012 05:59 AM

                            I agree - the Hanoi burger was delicious and the Asian slaw was a terrific side for the burger. Our party of 8 enjoyed the entire meal- including Bimimbap burger and Kung Pow sandwich. But, the consensus was Hanoi burger was the best. The restaurant had a very young vibe the evening we were there and the service was attentive. Great spot for a creative menu including cocktails with fusion twists with quick turn of tables.

                            1. re: foodseek
                              i8NYC Dec 1, 2012 05:47 AM

                              Basta Pasta, Dieci, Greenwich Grill, Catch for Asian fusion

                              1. re: i8NYC
                                squid kun Dec 1, 2012 11:03 PM

                                Thanks - what's especially good at these restaurants?

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