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Posted by JMNYC on 01/20/2006
I found Cafe Asean when it first opened almost 10 years ago, and have been going there with varying frequency ever since. Although the prices have gone up since then, the food has been excellent every time I've been there, and I practically grew up on Southeast Asian cuisine so I'm not easy to impress. The salmon spring rolls and coconut curry chicken are my favorites... definitely a keeper!
Posted by Cityhopper..from UES on 01/13/2006
We went there for my friend's bday party, It was cute and cozy and with amazingly warmed outdoor garden. We had great times there, good food and warm service. it might be a little wait but is worth it. Execellent for small group of private party.
Posted by kickback on 01/11/2006
In essence.... the experience in entirely unpredictable. I've had the same dishes repeatedly and they vary widely. Sometimes it is out of this world... other times bland and underwhelming. The place is great for a quiet meal or a romantic little sit down. The waitstaff is knowledgable, but not gonna get in your way... they're clearly not going for the overly nice service preffered by some. Despite a couple of misses, i keep going back. it's a fave, because when it it works, it really works!
Posted by KE on 01/06/2006
I've had lunch at Cafe Asean twice, and on both occasions the food and service were fantastic. Granted, you do wait a little bit for the food, but it's worth the wait for freshly prepared and delcious food.
Posted by Mike from Astoria on 12/13/2005
We were a party of 5 on a weeknight. Since the place wasn't packed the staff was very accomodating and we stayed for a long time. But it's all about the food -- the seafood, the duck and all our appetizers were good. The only big disappointment was dessert, which many people felt was too skimpy. Chow is not really an Asian restaurant as it is a generic fusion restaurant with a few Asian trimmings -- I didn't feel it was very daring & original, but still good stuff. And a reasonable selection of cold sakes. Would go again, but definitely a second tier choice.
Posted by Prof_NYC on 11/29/2005
I had heard great things about this place, but both I and my dining partner were disappointed. The restaurant is small and fairly pleasant looking, but a bit cramped and with hard benches for seats. But the really big problem is the food. The menu doesn't sufficiently describe the dishes. We ordered dumplings with crab, shrimp and peas, and we didn't expect them to be fried because the menu didn't say so. We got hard, crispy, flavorless balls as our appetizer. The main courses were worse. I ordered salmon with a pineapple ragout and vegetables. Basically I got a piece of unseasoned charred salmon over a few bits of pineapple, with some charred asparagus on the side. My dining partner ordered a chicken and potato coconut curry dish. It was odd-tasting, the potatoes were undercooked, and the chicken was all stringy dark meat. They never asked us how we liked the food, and we will not return.
Posted by disgruntled on 10/04/2005
Two friends and I went to this place this afternoon for our lunch hour. The server was full of teen angst with little respect for clientele. Granted, we got appetizers, but it took about 50 minutes to get our meal. This left us VERY little time to eat. The atmosphere at this small restaurant is great. On other fronts there is grave room for improvement.