Asian Fusion

Omakasa - Midtown West

Omakasa – Midtown West

There's nothing like taking a real word and bastardizing it to name your business. In this case I have to assume that Omakasa is someone somewhere grabbing ...
Momofuku Noodle Bar - NY

Momofuku Noodle Bar – NY

Momofuku, muthafucker! Yessiree, this is the original restaurant in the Momofuku empire. Ok, calling it an empire is a little over-the-top, but this is the supe...
Momofuku Ssam Bar

Momofuku Ssäm Bar

I'm still not sure I know what a ssäm is, but I assume it's some Asian (possibly Korean) wrap type thing that involves meat, rice and some other stuff. That's b...
Fat Buddha

Fat Buddha

I walked in this joint wondering almost out loud why the hell I was doing it. "Self," I said, "There are like three zillion cool bars in this city and this sure...
Ma Peche

Má Pêche

Apparently this dude David Chang is some sort of famous guy or something. Ok, famous in the world of people who like to eat pig parts and noodles and whatno...
Asian 289

Asian 289

Asian 289 was completely a choice of convenience. Those generally make for either poor or weird experiences. This was both. Raining like I've rarely seen it...
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Kelley and Ping

Way back in the day when Mr. Hipster used to work down in SoHo, I used to get K & P takeout all the time. I remember it being amazingly inconsistent, bu...
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AZ

Is it closed or isn't it? Well, it should be. Wasting a cool space like this with overwrought Asian fusion cuisine should be a crime. Mrs. Hipster had been ...
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Hi-Life Bar & Grill

For whatever reason, this place reminds me of an old, black leather chair. I'm really sure why, but it just seems to fit. Of course, this chair would be sitting...
Tao

Tao

Look, I'm Carrie Bradshaw--with about 65 pounds packed on, of course. There's no telling if art imitated life or the other way around when it comes to places li...
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Ruby Foo’s Uptown

Quote most often attributed to patrons: "Style over substance." Upping the yuppie quotient on the UWS, Ruby Foo's draws beautiful young couples (many of the...
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Apple Restaurant & Bom Bar

First off, what the hell is a bom bar? I think it means schizophrenic in Thai or French, or whatever else this bar/restaurant/karaoke place pretends to be. ...
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Café Asean

This is one of those many wonderful little places in Manhattan that makes you okay with the fact that you live in what is essentially a $2500 a month doghou...
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Hi-Life Restaurant & Lounge

On a boringness scale from one to ten (one being the most boring), this place rates a... huh, sorry, I dozed off. This place cannot make up its mind about w...
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Typhoon Brewery

is now: Papillon Bistro & Bar Surprisingly upscale, this brewery is one step above your typical city brewpub. Decorated in that weird early nineties fas...
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Ruby Foo’s Times Square

Despite its schizophrenic menu and touristy locale, Ruby Foo's never seems to disappoint for a visual experience that is somehow both over and underwhelming...