Bento Burger

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East Village
The owners of Lucky Cheng's, no strangers to fusing food and fantasy, revamp the former Marfa space with fantastical Blade Runner–style decor and an Asian-inspired menu of burgers and fries. Old computers and flatscreens playing Korean and Japanese cartoons adorn the gray-painted walls and ceiling in one room. The main dining room conjures a cyberpunk future, with a colorful graffiti mural decorating one side and iridescent papier-mâché chairs lining the other. Settle into one of the red-and-black vinyl booths for a burger—choices range from Thai chicken to bulgogi pork—served in a bento box with Japanese pickles, mango slaw and taro chips. At the bar, find creative cocktails featuring house-infused vodkas and Far East ingredients: The Ginger Kamikaze combines ginger-flavored vodka with triple sec and lime juice, while the Ume Punch mixes bourbon and muddled plum with a melange of fruit juices (pineapple, lemon, plum and cranberry).
Venue name: Bento Burger
Address: 101 E 2nd St
New York
Cross street: between First Ave and Ave A
Opening hours: Daily 6pm–midnight
Transport: Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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