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Forbidden City (CLOSED)

Restaurants, Pan-Asian East Village

Time Out says

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It isn’t really Chinese. It’s Japanese with a Sinophile bent. And it’s not really a restaurant. It’s more of a late-serving dim sum bar, with a hefty emphasis on sakes and fancy cocktails. Dishes like shark-fin dumplings and wasabi baby octopus come in take-a-bite-and-pass-it-on portions, and the salt-and-pepper squid—a steaming mound of it—turns into a perfect beer snack for four. Visiting DJs, scenesters and a steady projection of anime and surf movies help fill the downtime between visits from the sweet, cheery servers. Sesame balls are a weekend-only treat, but the green-tea crème brûlée is good six nights a week.

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Address: 212 Ave A
New York
10009-34
Cross street: between 13th and 14th Sts
Transport: Subway: L to First Ave; L, N, Q, R, 4, 5, 6 to 14th St–Union Sq
Price: Average main course: $12. AmEx, MC, V
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Opening hours: Tue–Sun 6pm–4am
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