Yummy Asian food in New York

A place where a lot of Asian people have established themselves is without a doubt New York. So, it’s not a surprise that there are many good Asian restaurants, for all tastes and wallets. Here some recommendations:

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A different Chinese experience
One of the obligatory visits if you are a fan of Asian food is Joe’s Shanghai Restaurant where they prepare a special and different kind of soup: Soup dumplings (also known as a Shanghai dumpling or xiao long bao). This means that the soup is inside the dumpling. Yummy enough, right?

Shanghai-DumplingLocations: 9 Pell St between Bowery and Doyers St. Average soup dumplings: $6. Midtown West location: 24 W 56th St between Fifth and Sixth Aves.

If you want to taste authentic Chinese food for only a few dollars make your way to the underground portion of the Golden Shopping Mall. There you’ll find a lot of individual stalls selling food and other goods. Look for stall 36, at Xi’an Famous Foods. Everything’s great, but the specialty is the ‘Chinese hamburger’, around $3.

XianFamousFoods__CuminLambBurgerLocation: Golden Shopping Mall, 41-28 Main St at 41st Rd, Flushing, Queens.

If you like (mega) spicy-Asian food, you have to visit Spicy and Tasty. This restaurant is where authentic Szechuan food is served. You’ll not only find great food, but a nice atmosphere as well, frequented by customers who come here on a regular basis. Service is speedy and whenever you need loads of water they’ll be happy to give you some.

spicy-tastyLocation: 39-07 Prince St between Roosevelt and 39th Aves, Flushing, Queens. Average main course: $13.

For one buck: Mei Li Wah Bakery continues to cook the best roasted-pork steamed buns in the city, each for less than $1. 64

mei-li-wah-pork-bunLocation: Bayard St between Elizabeth and Mott Sts.

For dumpling fans, Prosperity Dumpling serves 5 hand-made boiled or steamed dumplings for $1 and, if you prefer noodles, they cook them awesome with sesame, pork or vegetables for less than $2. 46. Ideal to take away and eat while walking around the street.

prosperity-dumplingsLocation: Eldridge St between Hester and Canal.

Cool and elegant Japanese: Zenkichi, in the trendy district of Williamsburg, not only offers the traditional sushi and Yakitori (which are delicious) but it goes further in Japanese dishes. It’s perfect for special occasions like an anniversary, a romantic date, a business meeting… as it not precisely cheap. But you’ll have privacy, perfect atmosphere, excellent service and even better food.

zenkichi-new-yorkLocation: 77 N 6th St  Brooklyn, NY 11211


How about you? Have you got in Asian favorites in New York?


  1. Carolyn Jung
    December 30, 2011

    I’m a sucker for a great dumpling, and these look awesome! I don’t get to NY nearly as often as I would like since I’m on the West Coast. But I am definitely jotting down some of these places for the future. YUM!

    1. Andi
      December 31, 2011

      @Carolyn, you and me both!


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