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Few culinary cultures have remained unexplored in New York's dining scene. Laos, a South Asian country is one of them, and Khe-Yo, located in Tribeca, aims to introduce your taste-buds to this rare treat. Laos-born chef Phet presents a restrained menu of Laotian and other Asian specialties. Specialties on the menu include Pork Jowl Red Curry (Gaeng-Phet-Moo), Chili Prawns (Goong-Phet) and Whole Grilled Black Bass (Ping-Pa). The diverse wine list offers some excellent pairing options. There's a little choice of beer, sake and cocktails as well. The interiors, with exposed-brick walls and warm lighting, are a cozy affair. Minimalistic wood-and-iron chairs and comfy black banquettes make up the seating choices. The contemporary iron chandelier at the center of the room adds a nice touch. Check website for more.
Korea-based chef Jungsik Yim's eponymous restaurant has taken the city's dining scene by storm. On offer at Jungsik is a refreshing interpretation of Korean cuisine. Choose from a diverse menu that includes delectable creations like bibim, hae jang, Thai lobster and Gangnam chicken. The wine list is exhaustive and has offerings from pretty much all the wine producing regions around the world. There's a choice of sake as well. The dessert selection includes green tea cremeux, peach fro-yo and sweet potato tarts. Diners also have the option of a ten-course tasting menu. The dining room sports a refined ambiance, with deep brown walls and plush white banquettes making up the seating area. The large Korean-inspired wooden motifs adorning the walls add a nice touch.
Café Himalaya brings to New York exotic preparations from the Himalayas and the country of Nepal. Though the cuisine served here is originally from Nepal, the flavors reveal heavy influence from the neighboring countries of India and China. Vegetarians can take delight in the range of vegetarian dishes served here. A popular favorite among locals are their momos; steamed buns with fillings, which are quite similar to Chinese and Japanese dumplings. Relish their basmati rice along with any of their Tsei curries while dining in this cozy place.
An island retreat tucked between the busy sidewalks and noisy streets of Manhattan, Negril Village goes all out with its Caribbean theme. This urban paradise serves up Caribbean cuisine with such specialties as jerk chicken, while providing a selection of rums so extensive, it would make a pirate weep with joy. The food menu is diverse and has influences from pretty much all of the Caribbean. The lower-level lounge area in Negril Village is spacious, with the low lighting and comfortable seating creating an atmosphere that's cozy and inviting. Regular DJs spinning Caribbean tunes and a general party atmosphere complete the theme.
The air is filled with spices, the dining experience is memorable and the cost is low. Add the antique Afghan musical instruments, throw pillows and oriental rugs, and you have a truly exotic destination. Vegetable soup with noodles and yogurt, scallion dumplings with yogurt-mint sauce, and pumpkin-filled turnovers are popular appetizers. Try entrees like quorma sabz (pieces of lamb and scallions sauteed with spinach and coriander), or chopped beef patties with basmati rice and lots of hot spices.
Sao Mai is not a fancy looking restaurant but if you are looking for a good Vietnamese diner, then this is indeed one of the best options in town. Savor their Goi Cuon, grilled lemongrass chicken, pho, bun and Banh Cuon. If you want to eat in the comfort of your home, you can ask them to deliver as well.
Make sure you wear your best socks when you come to this Korean restaurant, because all customers must leave their shoes at the door. But regardless of the footwear, the experience of dining at HanGawi will be ethereal. Sitting on a cushion at a low table, you can fully appreciate the uncluttered elegance of the quiet dining space. The unusual and sophisticated cuisine is full of interesting tastes. Roots, tofu and even flowers appear amongst the delightful vegetarian fare; soups are particularly spectacular. Complement these vegetarian dishes with a selection from their sake or plum wine list.
This simple restaurant located in the Korean section of Murray Hill serves tasty, authentic Korean food. Han Bat may look modest from the outside, but the chefs do not skimp on flavor. The spicy seafood stew warms your bones on cold winter days. Bimimbop, the Korean national dish made of vegetables and rice with chili sauce and a fried egg on top, is fresh and piled high. And every meal comes with several types of ban chan side dishes.
Buka is for adventurous foodies who are always looking for new kinds of foods to try. Staple Nigerian cuisine is full of exotic delicacies like large West African land snails, but nevertheless Buka doesn't disappoint even those who prefer to stick to meats and fish for they have a few standouts like steak, tilapia and grilled beef each prepared in traditional Nigerian style. The atmosphere is very laid-back and setting is shabby chic, with wooden flooring and a long bar dominating the front. Drinks offer a choice of typically African cocktails, beers and wines.
New York is known for its diverse food culture and the authentic Indian cuisine serving Darbar is loved by local patrons and tourists alike. Inside this upscale, conventional-looking restaurant lurk some unconventional, rich flavors which are an absolute delight to your taste buds. Come here for the lunch buffet, vegetarian and non-vegetarian delicacies and some of the must-try dishes here are Cheese and Garlic Naan, Chicken Saagwala, Dal Makhani and Lamb Rogan Josh. For some serious Indian comfort food, try the Samosa, Bhajia and Bhel Puri. The sophisticated ambiance and impeccable service will ensure that you come back for another feast.
East Williamsburg welcomed its very own Ethiopian restaurant, Bunna Cafe in 2013. Serving excellent vegan fare that makes uses of Ethiopian essentials like okra, beans, pulses and many other nourishing ingredients, the charming place makes for a refreshing dining experience. Along with the traditional Ethiopian injera bread, everything on the menu, prepared with love and the right amount of authentic African spices, tastes wonderful.