New York City foodies rejoice! Restaurant Week is upon us and there is quite an impressive lineup of prix fixe menus at over forty Asian and Asian-inspired restaurants throughout the city July 12-25. Lunch and dinner choices range from traditional fare, found at places like the Hatsuhana Sushi Restaurant and Indian hotspot Amma, to unusual Asian-fusion dishes at places like Zengo in Midtown east. Thai chicken empanadas followed by lemon grass panna cotta? Hey, we won't knock it ‘til we try it!
With such an overwhelming amount of restaurants participating, it's easy to get a little intimidated by this week-long, city-wide food fest. Luckily, we have broken down the Asian restaurants worth checking out.
Lunch is $25.07 and dinner is $35.00 at all participating restaurants, so there is no better time to try out that fancy Thai place you have always wanted to go to or taste a world famous chef's sushi.
It's too hot to cook anyway, right?
Asian Fusion Restaurants:
Ajna Bar (Meatpacking District, dinner/sun dinner) Celebrity Chef Hung Huynh of Top Chef fame serves up hip Asian dishes with French influences. Go here if you're into a nightclub-like atmosphere. Their description calls the bar and lounge, "a nightlife mecca for those wishing to see and bee seen."
Asia de Cuba (Murray Hill, lunch/dinner/sun dinner) This fashionable Cuban/Asia fusion spot's menu is chock-full of inventive dishes like Cuban BBQ chicken with Thai coconut sticky rice, marinated crispy tofu with soy lime chipotle marinade, and pan seared ahi tuna with crunchy wasabi mashed potatoes. Wasabi mashed potatoes? Who knew Cuba and Asia could be such a culinary match made in heaven?
Zengo (Midtown east, lunch/dinner/sun dinner) Description says Zengo, "spins Latin-Asian ingredients into colorful, beautifully balanced dishes designed for sharing-everything from ceviches to dim sum to crispy tofu to lamb loin." Yelpers say they "Totally dig the Latin-Asian fusion concept."
Chin Chin (Midtown east, lunch/dinner/sun lunch/sun dinner) One Yelper says Chin Chin is, "Probably the best gourmet Chinese food in the city!" Go here if you're in the mood for classic, traditional Chinese fine dining.
Shun Lee West (Upper west side, lunch/dinner/sun lunch/sun dinner) Shun Lee West is another great choice for traditional Chinese cuisine. Their menu features dishes such as Braised Chilean sea bass in hot bean sauce, Chan Do crispy chicken, and slippery shredded pork, to name a few.
Amma Restaurant (Midtown east, lunch/dinner/sun lunch/sun dinner) Time Out New York says, "Amma is the Hindi word for "mother," and if you let Mom take care of you...you'll thank her later." Plus, this traditional Indian restaurant is a fan favorite at yelp.com.
Tamarind (Gramercy/Flatiron, lunch/sun lunch) Tamarind has become one of the most popular destinations for Indian food in the city. Time Out New York says, "Fusion reigns at this bright, modern Flatiron restaurant: Even traditional coconut chutney is transformed into a mayonnaise-based dip for plump cod-and-crab cakes." Yum.
Mint (Midtown east, lunch/dinner/sun lunch/sun dinner) With a long list of tasty dishes to choose from such as, Spicy Shrimp Balchao, Saag Channa, and Lamb Boti Kabab Masala, it will be difficult to pick just one plate per course at this midtown hotspot.