his isn’t exactly the Asian edition of our annual “Eat Cheap” issue, but maybe it should be. We are living, in case you hadn’t noticed, in a sesame-oiled, kombu-dashi’d, shrimp-pasted epoch of great grub, and nowhere is that fact more apparent than in the realm of budget dining. If you’re not already waiting for a table at Mission Chinese Food or Pok Pok Ny, two of the year’s hottest (and, yes, hottest) openings, you might be en route to Manhattanville for a savory bowl of noodle soup at Jin Ramen, or out to Flushing for cumin-lamb kebabs at Xi’an Famous Foods offshoot Biáng!
Or perhaps you’d prefer to spend an afternoon hunting down every last flavor of Chinese steamed bun, New York’s newly ubiquitous cheap-eats icon. We also introduce you to some of the leaders of the Asian-hipster-cuisine movement. Oh, you had Chinese last night? Well, there’s still plenty of other new and exciting stuff to eat out there. Breakfast tacos, chopped liver on pletzels, green shakshuka, gourmet chicken fingers, and cashew-butter bacon burgers all spring to mind. Even the Filet-o-Fish has gotten some chef-y competition. And lucky for all of us, pizza keeps evolving. Whatever your style, there’s a nouvelle slice out there with your name on it.
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