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1 at Christopher St.-Sheridan Sq.
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- Full Bar
Canal St. to 18th St., Broadway to Hudson River
This venue is closed.
Most pan-Asian restaurants are the culinary equivalent of Celine Dion—taking popular bits from a variety of influences, reinterpreting them for the masses, and then ending up with a bland revisit to some once-great original. Visually, such is the case with Dragonfly, where a sparingly decorated space—back-lit bar, big fish tank—finds itself tiresomely in tune with its Las Vegas parallel. Which is not to say that it’s all wrong notes here. With its spicily assertive Filipino dishes, Dragonfly harmonizes unexpected taste combinations: Crispy pata (marinated, deep-fried pork knuckles) are further tarted up by vinegar; an unselfconsciously messy kare kare oxtail stew is unafraid of alienating timid palates through unusual flavor combinations. If only the rest of the menu exhibited such a lack of concern with the status quo. But it doesn’t. Most entrees are insipid versions of pan-Asia’s greatest hits.Recommended Dishes
Kare kare oxtail stew, $10.95
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