Best Asian Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
by Zagat Staff

These Asian restaurants boast top ratings in NYC.

Asian · West 50s · $$$$
Food 4.5 · Decor 4.8 · Service 4.5

“Elegant, calm” surroundings and “spectacular views” over Central Park make an “incomparable” backdrop for the “exquisite” New American cuisine at this “special-occasion” go-to “atop the Mandarin Oriental” ; the prices are equally “out of this world” (dinner is prix fixe–only), but “stellar” service helps take the sting out – and the 'express' lunch is a “steal.”
Asian · Chelsea · $$$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.5 · Service 4.1

“Stunning” decor lends a “dark, sexy” backdrop to the “trendy” scene at Stephen Starr’s Chelsea multilevel “mega room” , a “bigger-than-life experience” where the “energetic” crowd is “blown away” by “flavorful” Asian dishes; just “bring earplugs” and sufficient funds to cover the “splurge.”
Asian · Park Slope · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.0 · Service 4.0

A “seriously good” Pan-Asian menu with a “playful sensibility” (e.g. the “fantastic” pretzel pork dumplings) makes Dale Talde’s Park Slope namesake a “hip” neighborhood destination; reservations are now taken, but if there's a wait, it's best spent sipping “nifty” cocktails from the bar.
Asia de Cuba
Cuban · Greenwich Village · $$$
Food 4.4 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.1

“Still sexy after Sex and the City” , this Greenwich Village revival of the former Morgans Hotel hot spot serves “fantastic” Asian-Cuban fusion fare and “excellent” cocktails in “cool” digs; it’s a “little pricey” , but the “fun” vibe is “perfect” for a group.
Momofuku Nishi
Italian · Chelsea · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.9

An “adventurous” take on Italian staples makes for “mostly delish” dishes, including an “epic” riff on cacio e pepe, at this “hype” -generating David Chang joint; the updated Chelsea digs (swapping “tight” communal tables for leather booths and barstools) lend a relaxed feel to the sophisticated space, and despite “expensive” pricing, most agree it’s “something to try” – at least once.
Mimi Cheng's Dumplings
Chinese · East Village · $
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

“Simply delicious” dumplings made with local, “healthy ingredients” keep these “super-friendly” Chinese counter-serve branches “busy” ; “inspired combos” and “fun” seasonal specials are two more reasons fans say they’re “worth” the somewhat “high” prices for the genre.