A trip to Asia may not be in your itinerary for 2016. However as one of the many benefits of living in New York City, you can encounter many of the sights, smells, and tastes right here. As a culinary capital of the world, New York City is bursting with incredible Asian eateries. From Japan to China to Thailand and back, you can find authentic eats from almost any country. While there are limitless options it may not be as easy to find the right option for you. We have selected five of our favorite Asian hotspots for you to enjoy on your next trip to Asia in New York City.
1 Sushi Seki
If you know anything about sushi in New York City, you know the name Chef Seki. In 2002 the life-long Japanese cuisine connoisseur opened his first Sushi Seki spot in the Upper East Side. Since then, Sushi Seki has expanded to three popular locations. Their Hell’s Kitchen restaurant however, is definitely the spot to be seen. The sleek location is the newest outpost for Chef Seki’s authentic Japanese eats. If you’re looking for westernized American sushi, you’ll have to look somewhere else. Sushi Seki is for lovers of traditional and genuine Japanese food. All of your favorite nigiri, sashimi and sushi offerings are completed with the highest level of technique. Don’t miss out on this taste of Japan in New York City!
365 West 46th Street, Hell's Kitchen Location Photographed by Paul Wagtouicz
2 Nobu 57
This internationally acclaimed eatery certainly needs no introduction, but we’re here to tell you what’s new with Nobu. The Upper East Side outpost boasts one of the most impressive interiors by designer David Rockwell. While you will certainly find all of Nobu’s signature dishes like the Yellowtail Jalapeno and Black Cod Miso, you will also find some new and exciting choices. The Executive Chef and Executive Sushi Chef at this (and every) location also create unique dishes that are often presented as part of the Omakase (Chef’s menu) or Off the Menu, Menu. The vibrant yet soothing ambiance lends the perfect backdrop for any haute affair. Whether you’re on an intimate date, group outing, business meeting, or family dinner, Nobu 57 will be your perfect host.
40 W 57th St, Upper East Side, 10019 A5 steak photographed by Natalie stoclet
Peking duck finds its home at Decoy. There are places that try to do everything and end up with mediocrity. Then there are places that do one thing and make it truly exceptional. Decoy does duck, and they do it better than anyone lese. This hidden gem is the perfect meeting of trendy meets casual. The menu is ideal for sharing, making it a great place to take a group. And don’t worry if you have the one strange friend who doesn’t like duck, there are a few other amazing options they can work with too!
529-1/2 Hudson St
Right above Decoy is a little spot known as Redfarm. The diverse menu is full of delectable Asian fusion offerings. I mean, where else can you get BBQ’d Pork Belly, Pan-Fried Lamb Dumplings and Kumamoto Oysters under the same roof? Not many places. Redfarm is also notorious for their incredible cocktail creations. Our favorite is the Le Club Hot with Jalapeño-Infused Cuervo Silver, Cucumber, Mint, Agave, Lime, Smoked Sea Salt. It doesn’t get much better than that!
529 Hudson St
5 Macao Trading Co.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Macao, it is an island off of Hong Kong that is dubbed the Las Vegas of Asia. Except with a deeper emphasis on gambling rather than partying, although you can definitely do that too. The Macao Trading Co in New York City is a 1940s style gambling parlor featuring a Chinese and Portuguese fusion menu. You can’t leave this exotic hotspot without trying their Bacalao Cakes, Charred Octopus, and Grilled Squid Noodles. Intrigued?
311 Church St