A guide to some of my favorite places with that Asian flare.
I recommend with these caveats...the service is atrocious...the room is crowded and soulless...and they herd you like cattle...but oh those dumplings!
Some of the best tempura around and consistently fresh sushi and sashimi. Also, the grilled miso black cod is a must get.
Best Korean south of 32nd Street. More E. Village than K-Town. Food is still traditional while being presented with a little more flair. Small intimate room with nice lighting.
Filipino fusion served tapas style in a tiny upstairs room in the LES. Tita Em's wings are not to be missed neither is the yellowfin tartare.
Vegan Vietnamese. Sounds weird but as the chanting plays from the kitchen and the smells follow you realize you are in the hands of experts.
The Michelin and NYT stars tell the story pretty clearly here. Omakase service is limited so plan ahead because it's worth it.
The crowds are insane as are the wait times but the ramen is outstanding and the atmosphere is young, energetic and fun.
Super fresh and inventive sushi and sashimi from Chef Kazuo Yoshida. He is is a true master. Do a chef's tasting at the sushi bar for a class A experience.
Just because it Japanese don't just default to sushi. The cooked dishes...like the beef Nikomi and fried Hamachi Jaws are terrific.
Chef Hooni Kim does tapas Korean style with a traditional & modern delineation. Try the whelk salad and the K. F. C. Wings. Sands for Korean Fire Chicken.
Go soon before the crowds arrive. A new favorite of chefs and foodies in the know. Aunthentic Japanese fare requires your adventurous side.