Craving Asian cuisine? Head over to the West Village and try out one of these delicious restaurants. By Carly Petrone.
If you've ever traveled to Singapore, you know about the amazing hawker food/street vendors. Now you can get the same delicious street food without having to buy a ticket abroad. Stop into Chomp Chomp on Cornelia Street and let Chef Simpson Wong make you some traditional Singaporean dishes like Hah Zheung Gai (shrimp paste chicken wings, Chinese celery, crispy garlic, chilies), Char Kway Teow (wok fried rice noodles with clams and shrimps), or BBQ Stingray (grilled skate wrapped in banana leaves, calamansi sambal). Add a side of delicious coconut rice and make sure you don't skip dessert. The Durian Cream Puff will blow your mind since it's made with pandan, coconut butter, and vanilla ice cream while the Goreng Pisang (banana fritters, vanilla ice cream, chili flakes, and sea salt) will take you to a tropical happy place. Wash it all down with a Tamarind Punch ($13) or Singapore Fling ($12) and you've got yourself one satisfying meal.
Step into RedFarm and you're in for a treat. From Chef Joe Ng's clever dim sum creations to the little touches that designer Jun Aizaki added to the space, you'll certainly enjoy your meal (and the ambiance) at this small West Village restaurant. Grab a pair of chopsticks and a menu that hang from the rustic piping above and sip on a glass of Lemongrass Infused Red Wine Sangria before diving into your dinner. The dim sum can't be beat – may we suggest the Pac Man Dumplings ($14)? They're filled with yuzu wasabi shrimp and each one is donned with sesame "eyes." They're almost too cute to eat! If you're in the mood to splurge, definitely try the Lobster Long Life Noodles. It'll cost you $49 but it's well worth it. The BBQ'd Duck & Ginger Fried Rice is rich and hearty while the Mango & Arugula Salad with Yuzu Vinaigrette is a nice light starter. RedFarm continues to stand behind their motto: bringing a greenmarket sensibility to modern and inventive Chinese food.
Lumpia Shack on Greenwich Avenue has a loyal following because it only uses ingredients from local farmers markets. You can tell because everything on the menu is fresh and delicious. Their Pork Lumpia ($7.50) is a stand out. It's filled with heritage pork, carrots, celery, garlic shallots, sweet chili sauce, and pickled cucumbers. If you like pork belly then the Adobo Ramen Burger is for you. It's served with cilantro and garlic chili as well as a side of Sinigang Garlic Chips. The Build Your Own Rice Bowl ($12.50) is another tasty option – choose from chicken, pork belly, or tofu mushroom before moving onto the sauces. The afritada packs some serious punch with tomato, roasted red pepper, gochujang, and sun-dried tomatoes making it the spiciest sauce option. It's also a great spot if you're craving Pancit, the traditional Filipino noodle dish. Their signature rice noodle bowl is served with carrots, cabbage, seasonal vegetables, egg, and calimansi dressing. If you want to taste good Filipino-inspired food, head to this little restaurant that's serving up dishes with big flavor. Shack is open Tuesday-Saturday from 12 p.m. – 9 p.m.
If you're craving Thai food then make your way to Kin Shop. Top Chef winner Harold Dieterle has teamed up with Alicia Nosenzo to bring contemporary reinterpretations of traditional Thai dishes. The Spicy Duck Laab Salad ($15) with toasted rice, ground chili, and romaine lettuce has a spicy kick to it and the Baby Kale and Watermelon Salad with lemongrass dressing is a perfect summer starter. Eating your veggies is easy at this place – the Crispy Bok Choy Shoots with Chinese sausage, grilled peach chutney, and plum vinaigrette is packed with flavor. The Brisket Khao Soi is nice alternative to the traditional pad thai. It's made with pearl and crispy noodles, lime, peanuts, and fresh herbs. Don't skip out on dessert. The Kaffir Lime Ice Cream and Baby Banana Sundae ($9) will certainly satisfy any sweet tooth. It's topped with coconut milk sauce, red skin peanuts, crystalized ginger, and whipped cream. Hurry up and try it yourself.
If you're feeling adventurous, make sure to order pigs feet at Hakata Tonton. They have quite the variety to choose from and the meat is so tender it literally falls off the bone. If you're with a group, definitely order the Hot Pot. This large dish is a specialty of Hakata, Japan and is filled with collagen broth, tofu, dumplings, vegetables, Berkshire pork belly, and tonsoku. The Atlantic Salmon Carpaccio comes with mesclun, black tobiko and chive, and lemon dressing. It's hard not to order seconds. Finish off your meal with the black sesame ice cream and you'll leave happy.
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