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Featuring a largely Himalayan-inspired menu that mixes in a few American classics, this spot is a favorite among those who like to eat with their hands. Vegetable momos, or Tibetan dumplings, are served with both a creamy, spicy (but not too spicy) sauce and a sweet ginger soy sauce. The "naanini" melt, a grilled cheese–and-tomato sandwich, switches out the typical bread for subtly spiced nan and comes with snap pea crisps or chips. Finish off the meal with a gooey, cardamom-infused brownie or an orange-tinged saffron tea loaf (prices vary) while soaking up the café's tranquil hues and soothing Himalayan soundtrack.

Venue name: Serai
Address: 150 W 17th St
New York
Cross street: between Sixt and Seventh Aves
Opening hours: Mon, Wed, Thu 11am–5pm; Fri 11am–10pm; Sat, Sun 11am–6pm
Transport: Subway: F, M to 14th St; 1 to 18th St
Price: Average main course: $11. AmEx, MC, V