With it’s modest creams, beige accents and mirrored walls, Asia De Cuba is more akin to a formal hotel restaurant, than one of the liveliest fusion restaurants in New York, yet the Philip Starck minimalism is deliberate. Restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow is more interested in creating “social and culinary fireworks”, than purely providing a themed space to draw attention – but somehow pulls off both with such aplomb, the restaurant now tops a number of the critics lists for originality.
Asia De Cuba does exactly as the name suggests – combines Latin and Asian cuisines to create blends found nowhere else on …continue reading
The concept of Zenkichi is loosely based upon brasserie meets authentic Tokyo, however the restaurant steps up it’s exclusivity with the addition of a private dining concept. Not content with semi-private booths, you’ll find complete seclusion with the integration of bamboo blinds and modest lighting – a feature of many Tokyo restaurants. Zenkichi is famed for it’s pure sake, the like of which is hard to find in New York. Made completely from Junmai (pure-rice) and koji (rice yeast), the owners profess it to be so natural, that even Tokyo natives are shocked at it’s raw, exquisite flavor With both á …continue reading
The former site of celeb-magnet Buddha Bar; Anja had some big shoes to fill when it was first launched, yet has continued the vibrant lounge and party atmosphere with a spectacular interior overhaul, complete with tunnel entrance and decadent dining area. Anja doesn’t conform to any of the qualities of a formal dining atmosphere, instead focusing upon spilling the celebration over into food fusion. Here, French gastronomy meets Asian accents to produce sensuous, yet lively dishes, in keeping with the vibe of the bar. For a truly unique ‘pounce-on-the-palate’ experience, try the Miso Glazed Scottish Salmon, served with Shitake …continue reading
Following on from the success of downtown restaurant Nonya in the Little Italy district; Penang looks set to attract equally as much attention with the integration of a full bar and wine menu at West 72nd – something which Nonya lacked. Specializing in authentic Malaysian cuisine, with an emphasis on seafood in particular, Penang has also become known for it’s consistent commitment to healthier eating, now using less oil than ever before, and no trans-fats during the preparation or cooking of dishes. Maybe that’s why diners are opting for second helpings of the crispy-fried Poh Piah-Sayur rolls and Sotong Goreng deep-fried …continue reading
In New York City, big doesn’t cut it if you’re looking for a restaurant that will cater for half the Midtown populace in one sitting, and Tao on East 58th is no exception. Housed within a former movie theater; the great expanse of space has been revamped with the construction of an ominous 16-foot Buddha, giant paper lanterns, several wooden balconettes and a host of cavernous lounge sections for waiting diners. You don’t have to wait long, as service is partly what sells the reputation of this super-restaurant. The menu is as expansive as the interior, described by many critics as …continue reading