Asian-American chefs and a new Asian-American cuisine are blowing up New York's food scene. Where to go right now.
There's everything to love about Bozu, from the unique drinks (like a sesame liquor shake that blew my mind) to the fun bombs (cylinders of delicious sushi) to the dark, sexy, tiny space. I get the party bomb almost every time I'm there, of which my fave is the spicy una bomb with shiso. Check out sister restaurant Momo Shack in Bushwick for more fun, fresh sushi.
Dinner at Macao combines Portuguese and Chinese flavors, with flavorful coconut milk cocktails and supersavory entrees like Hoisin barbecue noodles and forbidden black rice.
Monday nights at Macao mean Drunken Dragon Nights, a burlesque show hosted by producer Calamity Chang with a fabulous (read: long and topshelf) open bar. And yet, some of my friends have turned this show down.
New York City: the only city in world where you can call up a friend, tell him there's an open bar of fine cocktails in a beautiful setting where he'll be entertained by gorgeous girls doing burlesque for free, and he responds that he's going to stay home and watch Modern Family.
You'll regret it when you're older. Go now.
I took a delicious quail and pork adobo cooking class at this lovely Filipino-Korean restaurant, one of my favorites in all of Brooklyn. Not only did we feast, but Romy as our teacher was beyond kind. A wonderful community spot -- be sure to sign up for their updates online. The halo halo is so fun, and may be brought out by Romy himself. The tocino and sisig are wins here. And don't neglect the Korean dishes -- with a Korean chef in the kitchen, the kimchi, bibimbap, japchae and pajun are delicious.
Specials change regularly enough to keep you coming back to phunky phresh hip-hop-blasting Eddie Huang joint Baohaus. I recently had oxtail with the best damn peanut cucumbers and three kinds of bao: pork belly (delicious!), fried chicken (yummy aioli and a good crunch), and tofu (nicely fried, but a bit bland). Open til 4am on Fridays and Saturdays.
Mouthwatering mushrooms, salty noodles, spring greens, and Chinese sausage fried rice await you at this hip, modern Lower East Side take on Yunnan province's fusion-influenced food. Skip the chrysanthemum greens -- while an interesting flavor, absolutely nothing comes with them except a sesame dressing and a high price tag.
My brother and I had an epic brunch here -- let's start with the fact that I had the best French toast I've ever had at Ngam, and it was ... Thai. Tender, melt-in-your-mouth double Thai tea French toast with Thai tea custard, actually. We had Brooklyn Roasting Co. coffee-crusted steak skewers with coconut rice and eggs, tom kha with tender, sliced king oyster mushrooms, and Grandma Prapit's eggs, with delicious lime and chile oil. One of the best brunches I've had this year.