Restaurants, Japanese Upper West Side
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Though unrelated to Meatpacking behemoth Buddakan, this UWS eatery also has a trendy downstairs lounge, a Buddha statue and a vast Pan-Asian menu. We liked the octopus ceviche—mixed cucumber, cherry tomatoes, cilantro, mango and chopped meat in a sprightly lime-soy sauce. On the sushi list, “Salmon, Salmon Caviar Love” pairs rich fish with earthy shiitakes, buttery avocado, fragrant mango and a sprinkle of salmon roe. At $100 for two diners, a meal here is a splurge, but still cheaper than Stephen Starr’s glitzy affairs.


Venue name: Asiakan
Address: 710 Amsterdam Ave
New York
Cross street: between 94th and 95th Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun noon–11pm; Fri, Sat noon–midnight
Transport: Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 96th St
Price: Average main course: $17. AmEx, MC, V
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