Asian dinner for 6, 20-somethings in Manhattan/Brooklyn
Any suggestions for an asian resto (either chinese, japanese, thai, vietnamese, malaysian) for 6 people in their 20s on a saturday night. Reasonable, good for sharing and fun atmosphere. Maybe even takes resos if I'm being optimistic...
Considering Fatty Crab but have read mixed reviews.
Also, is Joe's Shanghai ok vibe in evenings? or just dim sum brunch...
Been to Pok Pok, was very impressed. Something similar to that would be great!
Thx in advance.
Not sure your price point.
Hi: Buddakan. Fusion style, food/services are good. Nice crowd. Turns club-ish after 9pm; right in meatpacking.
Mid-Low: Pig & Khao, it's Filipino, and they have outdoor seating if weather is nice. Fun LES location, there are plenty bars/club/lounge to go afterwards.
+1 for Uncle Boons!
Awesome food, cool place, great neighborhood for drinks before or after. Not as "touristy" as Buddakan or Kittichai.
In terms of "fun" atmosphere, I would recommend the following:
Bun-ker - amazing but in the middle of nowhere.
Fatty Crab - still good IMO
I really dislike Joe's Shanghai, I think their entrees are appallingly bad. If you want dim sum, and a buzzy atmosphere, Hakkasan is the best choice but may be over depending on what your budget is.
Buddakan also has a really beautiful space and is very buzzy, the food, on the whole is pretty good with just a few clunkers. Food is pretty reasonable but the dishes add up.
Have you considered Queens instead of BK? Many great Thai and Chinese restaurants and much less expensive than Manhattan.
I strongly recommend Kittichai (Thai fusion) in SoHo. It's a nice looking place and the food is good. Great bar also, in the Thompson Hotel. It's much better atmosphere and bigger than any of the ones you mentioned.
I also second Nomadmanhattan's suggestions on
Buddakan ( big and "special" in a sense), food is good and fairly reasonable.
Pig and Khao has good Filipino, Thai and Vietnamese food and I like the place a lot, ( loud music, good vibes)
I like the food at Larb Ubol a lot - especially good for all of the W 42nd Street theaters. I don't think of it as being at all buzzy. Am i going too early (mostly pre-theater)?
in response to foodwhisperer, I was very disappointed in Kittichai. The food had no particular kick. I am always amazed that the food at Buddakan is as good as it is for a place like that. Comparing Buddakan and Pig and Khao seems odd - very apples and oranges.