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Oriental Spoon

East Village
Pass by the broth-craving hordes waiting outside culty East Village ramen joint Setagaya, and discover the charms of its sleek, swank roommate, a Malaysian eatery. Wooden walls sprout coiled loops of rope in a dim interior where diners use tiny flashlights to negotiate the menu: We savored chicken wings wrapped in screw-pine leaves and then fried, and Samui prawns laced with Thai chilies. Our Malaysian dining companion waxed nostalgic over soupy coconut pudding with tapioca and tiny chunks of sweet potato.
Venue name: Oriental Spoon
Address: 141 First Ave
New York

Cross street: between St. Marks Pl and E 9th St
Venue phone: 212-529-2746
Opening hours: Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Third Ave; 6 to Astor Pl
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V
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