Hong Kong is a culturally rich hub, especially when it comes to food. Cathay Pacific Airways, an airline flying daily from spots in the United States to this culinary capital and other destinations in Mainland China, is celebrating their new flight out of Newark Liberty International Airport with a gastronomic event: 16 Hours 'Til Hong Kong.
Teamed up with LUCKYRICE, a company focused on Asian experiential culinary marketing, Cathay Pacific Airways will hold the celebration at Skylight Modern, featuring cuisine from top restaurants, chefs, and mixologists around the city on March 20th. Attendees will sample Hong Kong-themed dishes organized by time of day such as "Breakfast," "Tea Time," "Night Market,' or "Late Night" meals. Dim Sum by Red Farm, favorites from Queens food stand Outer Borough, and sumptuous fare from chefs Anita Lo and Pichet Ong are just some of the culinary highlights promised for the night. Tickets are $88 per person and include all food and drinks for the evening. Guests must be 21 and over. "Boarding" begins at 7:00 pm, and the event ends at 10:00 pm.
Who doesn't love street food? First Course's own contributing writer Steve Luw, and his corporate-turned-culinary buddy Heezy, have joined forces to bring us Zhà-Mē, Asian Fried Rice Balls to-go. Their creations are set to appear at a Pop-Up this Thursday, between 8pm and midnight (or until food runs out) at Zucker Bakery.
Their menu boasts traditional Asian cuisine in an innovative on-the-go format. Based on Lo Mài Gài a chicken-stuffed sticky rice dish made popular by dim sum restaurants, Zhà-Mē is a fried original, with a crispy outside and tasty fillings like Bulgogi, a type of Korean BBQ beef, or Char-Siu, a Chinese roasted pork. They also offer smaller rice balls, like K-Poppers, filled with Kim-Chi fried rice, eggs, scallions, bacon, and carrots. Try pairing any of those bad boys with a side of Asian Slaw or Asian Fries for anything but your run-of-the-mill dinner.
If you've been familiar with the Midtown dining scene at any point in the last 20 years, you probably already know about China Grill, restaurateur Jeffrey Chodorow's crown jewel establishment. Situated right near the MoMa, China Grill is classy but unpretentious, and their high-quality yet approachable Asian-inspired fare has been delighting diners for twenty-six years. The fact that it's been around for so long, however, doesn't mean they've gone stale. This past Saturday, we stopped by for the first service of their newly introduced Dragon Brunch, and we were pleased to see that China Grill is continuing to innovate and mix it up while staying true to the heart of their culinary style.
Meat, meat, and more meat. That’s what Korean BBQs are all about. At Picnic Garden in Flushing, you’re in for a real treat. The buffet comprises a wide range of meat and other condiments such as congee, kimchi, vegetables, fried chicken, soup and more. Be warned that getting a table during lunch or dinner time is no picnic.
Upon entering, your nostrils are greeted by the strong aroma of meat sizzling on the grills. Think about all the meat you can devour, from marinated pork to beef to chicken. You’re encouraged to help yourself to as much meat or condiments as you want at the long buffet table.
The Lower East Side is amazing for its never-ending plethora of cheap, tasty dishes. When we discovered Pok Pok Phat Thai over the weekend, we couldn’t keep this to ourselves. We just had to share the goodness! Located on 137 Rivington St, this tiny outlet offers authentic Thai food, with marble counters protruding from the walls to serve as tables. Photos of Thai artists from decades ago consumed the walls, dating the restaurant back to an older period. It was a clean, cozy setting, nothing too overwhelming.
Pad thai is one of Thailand’s national dishes. It is also one of Pok Pok’s best-sellers. It would be a pity to go all the way to one of the city’s favorite pad thai spots and not try the signature dish. That would be like jetsetting to Asia and settling on McDonald’s. The pad thai arrived in all its steaming glory, garnished with chives, eggs, dried shrimps, peanuts, bean sprouts, chili powder and lime halves on a layer of banana leaf. Asian dishes are usually colorful, and the pad thai did not lack in visual appeal.
Ramen Takumi’s new location on 1 University Place boasts a loftier expanse, but its food still retains its original quality. Japanese chefs wearing printed round hats bustle around behind the counter while the young waiters and waitresses work the floor.
The menu offers a selection of Asian appetizers such as oshinko (Japanese pickled vegetables), edamame and shumai (dumplings with the option of pork or shrimp), and entrees consisting noodles and rice. This is also a vegetarian-friendly restaurant, with specially-catered ramen to suit the customers’ preferences.
You know a good dumpling on the first bite. The pork shumai encompasses the quintessential shumai at most Asian restaurants. The thin layer of unleavened dough shells tender, scrumptious pork that splits at the pressure of your chopsticks. The scallions resemble little green halos over this heavenly appetizer.
Flushing holds some of New York City’s cheapest, tastiest Asian cuisines. On a cold Sunday morning, we gather with friends for breakfast at Jade Asian Restaurant, one of the better dim sum places in Downtown Flushing. The temperature had dipped into the 50’s, casting a shiver across the city. Thankfully, we didn’t have to wait long to be seated in the warm and welcoming interior of the restaurant. The waitresses wheeled metal carts that displayed a range of little delicacies, spanning from pan fried chives dumplings to crispy shrimp rolls.
The end of August marked a great occasion for the Glaze Teriyaki chain. Hailing from Seattle, Glaze Teriyaki showcases delectable Japanese/Korean street food to metropolitan areas. Glaze Teriyaki opened its first restaurant in Midtown East in New York in 2010, and after much success, the branch has expanded to Union Square.
Owner Paul Krug and Chef Dennis Lake joined forces to open this second location downtown. The menu at the Union Square location remains the same as its Midtown sister, and trust us, this is a good thing. The simple menu consists of traditional teriyaki plates, where you can choose from chargrilled chicken thigh or breast, Japanese bbq hangar steak, organic salmon, pork loin, wok vegetables, or soy maritnated tofu as your main entree. Served over a bed of short grain white or brown rice, along with a side salad, the dish is a steal, with prices from $6.75-$9.50. The dish comes with so much food, it's enough for two meals. Pair with it some side dishes and you'll leave a happy customer. Sides range from $3-$5 with options like edamame, cold sesame soba noodles, shishito peppers cucumber salad, crispy gyoza, and spicy Asian bbq pickles. Chef Dennis Lake is passionate about the Glaze Teriyaki franchise and sure knows how to whip up some good grub. Another plus of dining at Glaze Teriyaki, besides the fact that it's quick and affordable, is that the restaurant is dedicated to using all natural proteins and local products whenever possible.
Thai Angel is a tasty lunch and dinner spot located on Grand Street in Soho. Far away from the sultry surroundings of tropical Thailand, the minimal restaurant settings of Thai Angel have been accented by paper replicas of flowers and mock hut rooftops. Other than that, the appearance of this eatery’s indoor dimension is very standard, with wooden tables and medium-dimmed lights.
The menu at Thai Angel offers all of the regular Thai selections. There are vegetarian choices, along with fish, duck, chicken, beef and pork. These protein options are cooked into meals like curry, noodles, salad and Thai Traditional Rice Plates. Some lunch specials are offered during the day, so businesses in the area order from here for take-out. The restaurant lunch crowd in Thai Angel starts getting busy after 1:00 P.M.
SAIA, Fort Lauderdale Beach's bastion of chic Asian cuisine paired with perhaps the best cocktails in Broward, kicked off its daily happy hour, dubbed Social Hour, last week with a very affordable selection of sushi, Asian appetizers, and beautifully crafted cocktails. Serious cocktail drinkers with an affinity for all things vintage will gravitate to selections from SAIA's Old's Cool collection, including a unique spin on the Negroni containing Punt e Mes and Aperol in addition to the traditional gin, as well as a silky smooth Sazerac with rye whiskey, cognac, bitters, and an absinthe rinse. Drinks from the Starlet Collection tend to be on the sweeter side, and the libations evoke the personalities and charisma of the heroines for which they are named, like Grace Kelly and Elizabeth Taylor. The aptly named Bettie Page surprises with a slight sting in the back of the throat from fresh jalapeño after the flavors of blueberry, cranberry, and lime have subsided.