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Restaurants Perfect For Authentic Ethnic Eats

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  1. MAHARLIKA
    8.6

    Maharlika

    111 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    What started as a once a week pop-up brunch has now turned into a Filipino empire in the making. The crew of friends behind this new restaurant called Maharlika felt that Filipino food was under represented in NYC. So, without much in the way of formal training or restaurant experience, they set out to showcase […]

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  2. KyoYa
    8.5

    Kyo Ya

    94 E. 7th St., East Village, NY 10009

    The name Kyo Ya either means everything to you or absolutely nothing. It’s easy for those unfamiliar to ignore Kyo Ya as just another of the many NYC Japanese restaurants whose names contains “Ya” in it. But don’t be silly. Kyo Ya is a name you need to know, and it’s no ordinary East Village […]

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  3. Bunker-1034
    8.4

    Bun-Ker Vietnamese

    46-63 Metropolitan Ave., Queens, NY 11378

    Generally speaking, food labeled as “hipster [insert ethnic food genre]” scares me. A lot. For the most part, we here at The Infatuation feel that ethnic meals are best when cooked by people who learned the craft from grandparents native to the food’s place of origin. A fusion-based, “new spin” on an old favorite can […]

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  4. Lotus Of Siam Las Vegas
    8.3

    Lotus Of Siam

    953 East Sahara Avenue, A5, Las Vegas, NV 89104

    We’ll never understand why anyone goes to Vegas for any reason other than a 48 hour bender, a fight, or a conference. Those who go with their significant other, or, even worse, with their entire family, freak us out. We’re pretty sure you don’t need any help making bad decisions while you’re in Sin City, […]

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    8.3

    The Woodshed Smokehouse

    3201 Riverfront Dr., Fort Worth, TX 76107

    Before we get into the specifics of this review, let’s get the basics out of the way. You want The Woodshed Smokehouse in your life. If you live anywhere near the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, you need to put some friends in a car and come to Tim Love’s indoor/outdoor smoke house party heaven, and you […]

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  6. Sao Mai
    8.3

    Sao Mai

    203 1st Ave., East Village, NY 10003

    A sleepy Vietnamese restaurant in the East Village that you would probably walk by and not think twice about unless someone told you to pay attention. This is us telling you to pay attention. Sao Mai is incredible.

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  7. Tacos El Bronco
    8.2

    Tacos El Bronco

    4324 4th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11232

    Our search for the perfect taco is well documented here at the Infatuation. We have lamented about the lack of reliable options, (see, here and here), and celebrated the few-and-far-betweens that have hit the mark (see: here, and here). For whatever reason, New York just doesn’t churn out reliable taco spots like it does so […]

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  8. aburiyakinnosuke
    8.2

    Aburiya Kinnosuke

    213 East 45th St., Midtown East, NY 10017

    From what we’re told, this is an authentic Japanese establishment, all the way down to the robata grill. We can’t vouch for its authenticity, nor are we sure that a robata grill isn’t something from the Sky Mall catalog, but we do happen to agree that this place is damn good.

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  9. Danji
    8.2

    Danji

    346 W. 52 St., Hell's Kitchen, NY 10019

    Hell’s Kitchen is hot right now. It’s no longer home only to endless Thai joints and 9th Avenue establishments that glow neon colors in the dark. There’s a very legitimate restaurant scene developing here. As we’ve ventured further into Authentic Ethnic Eats lately, it’s become clear that we’re real down with Korean food. I know, […]

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  10. Hanjan
    8.2

    Hanjan

    36 W. 26th St., Flatiron, NY 10010

    We’ve got a deep, undying love for the Midtown Korean restaurant Danji, for a few reasons. First of all, the food is great, and of all the glorious ethnic cuisines available to us in NYC, Modern Korean may be our favorite. Second, our office is in Midtown, and Danji is one of the few places […]

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