Café Asean

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Café Asean

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Café Asean

West Village
For fresh Southeast Asian fare, squeeze into one of the well-worn tables in the teensy, lantern-festooned front room or a rustic bench in the candlelit tented back garden at this charming, cash-only spot. Simple and not-too-fussy dishes revolve around well-executed familiar flavors, as in a starter of grilled bean sprout-and-carrot-stuffed tofu, burnished with a crispy, golden skin and drizzled with a citrusy peanut sauce. Creamy avocado and fried soft-shell crab make a winning combination in a summer-roll appetizer. Better yet are the entrées: A clay pot intensifies the heady perfume of kaffir lime leaves in a green curry with shrimp, and wok-seared bites of beef are succulent and savory. Sticky rice with banana slices and coconut milk provide a comforting finale.
Venue name: Café Asean
Contact:
Address: 117 W 10th St
New York
10011
Cross street: between Greenwich and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–10:30pm; Fri, Sat noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: A, C, E, B, D, F, M to W 4th St
Price: Average main course: $15. Cash only
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