There are well over 12,000 restaurants in New York City. In fact, I don't think you can walk more than a block without passing by an eatery of some kind or another. When it comes to Asian cuisine in the city that never sleeps, there are too many places to count! Chinatown alone has enough of them to keep a foodie busy for a year. Venturing a little ways from Chinatown, there are still tons of Asian eats to savor. Because so many people who visit NYC are going through or staying in Manhattan and the rest of the Midtown area, here are the top five places to enjoy Asian food in the most happening area of The Big Apple.
Thai: Pure Thai Cookhouse
There are tons of Thai restaurants in New York, and they all serve up some of the most authentic cuisines out there, but none is more revered by patrons than Pure Thai Cookhouse in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood. Slightly more budget-friendly than others in the area, this restaurant is always packed, so if you have a hankering for something hot and sweet, try to book a table ahead of time to get in without a huge wait. Soft shell crab and suckling pig are some of the star dishes to expect here.
Okay, so it's a bit upscale, but if you're in the mood for Wagyu beef that's been grilled right in front of you at your table, splurge a little and take your group out to Kristalbelli. This amazing restaurant has an unmistakable Asian ambiance thanks to Buddhas at the center of each stone top table and some of the most flavorful cuts of meat and the freshest of produce. Tableside service is only one of many perks along with very hospitable staff and a date-worthy atmosphere.
Japanese Ramen is something of an art form, and although we think we know what ramen really is, we can't possibly without seeing it done right. Ippudo has locations in both Midtown and East Village so you can stop by either venue for the most authentic and succulent ramen bowls this side of, well, Japan. Try out the pork bowl for the most bang for your buck, and make sure you order extra bbq pork buns because you'll want more.
You cannot speak of Asian cuisine without including a killer sushi joint, and Koi has it covered in five different locations around the world. Two of these are in NYC: SoHo and Bryant Park have their own Koi restaurants with swank, upscale décor and a made-to-order menu that takes everything you thought you knew about sushi and puts it to the test. Even the edamame here is to-die-for. This is a great place to bring not only a date for dinner but business clients for lunch.
Right off of Madison Avenue on E 58th Street is one of the best Chinese restaurants in the whole city. Tao sits just a block away from the Trump Tower and offers up an eclectic mix of Asian cuisine with a focus on authentic Chinese food. The restaurant even offers dim sum for brunch (where else can you have dim sum for brunch but NYC?). They'll even text you when your table's ready if you decide to meander through the streets sightseeing or to grab a drink while you wait.