Café Asean

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Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Café Asean

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
Address: 117 W 10th St
New York
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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Finding this place was one of the best things that have ever happened to me since moving to NYC! Hidden in the West Village in a quiet alleyway on 10th street you will find the coziest spot ever. The staff is great, the space is warm, they play cool beats, and the food is affordable and delicious. They specialize on South East Asian cuisine so you can find a mixture of Indian, Vietnamese, and Singaporean influenced dishes. All their apps are amazing, especially the dumplings (both the fried and steamed - and the dipping sauces, out of this world) and the Monfish lettuce wraps.

If you go for dinner, do not miss out on their Balinese chicken - UNREAL.