Asian fusion restaurants are a dime a dozen in Manhattan, with Eastern-inspired eateries popping up all over the city. Whether it’s a mishmash of Korean and Mexican flavors stuffed into a burrito, or a hybrid of traditional Western dishes peppered with Thai spices, it’s safe to say that ‘East meets West’ is most certainly here to stay.
If you’re a sucker for classic Chinese dishes in a refined setting, Tuome NYC – a cozy restaurant in East Village – is an apt choice for any discerning foodie. Chef Thomas Chen, of famed Michelin restaurant Eleven Madison Park, showcases a contemporary American menu with Asian influences. The menu is designed for family-style dining – split into snacks, appetizers, mains and sides to encourage sharing – and boasts favorites like deviled eggs sprinkled with crispy chili; and a refreshing take on seafood with branzino served with snow pea, pickled lemon and green garlic.
Culinary creations aside – the dining room’s interior (designed by Bauhaus alumni Stewart Gerard), repurposes vintage materials with a modern update. You’ll find an entire wall lined with 1920s wool spools, which from afar almost resemble rows upon rows of ancient Chinese abacus, and reclaimed materials such as 1890s light fixtures. Cherry oak and stained wood finishes lend a rustic and warm touch, encouraging its diners to come here, stay awhile and watch the world go by.
536 E 5th St, New York, NY 10009
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