Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight
6 at Astor Pl.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
Grand St. to 18th St., Ave. A to West Side Hwy.
Blending the flirty camaraderie of a university dining hall with the om-chanting ambience of a downtown ashram, Cafetasia draws a microcosm of today’s cosmopolitan-collegiate Greenwich Village. Overhead candles throw sexy shadows on two city-bus-length shared tables where entire dorm floors can chow down on commendably cheap, surprisingly delicious dishes like Crying Tiger “sushi,” grilled slivers of tender flank steak over sushi-size pillows of rice. The menu detours via Thailand (crispy roasted duck in red curry) to Japan (addictive ginger-accented chicken gyoza), China (succulent tamarind-glazed spareribs), and Malaysia (chicken laksa in spicy coconut broth). Watching over the super-animated, and sometimes super-loud, scene is a smiling stone Buddha whom diners should probably thank for Cafetasia’s two-course lunches at monk-friendly prices.Extra
Reservations are accepted only for parties of six or more.Recommended Dishes
Gyoza, $5; Crying Tiger sushi, $6; roasted duck in red curry, $11; Malaysian chicken laksa, $10