Forget predictable Japanese or Chinese restaurants–today’s modern Asian spots take inspiration from across the continent and add their own take, too. Here are three to know.
Macao Trading Co.: NYC
With high-end cocktails and a dimly lit, sultry vibe, Macao Trading Co., in their words, “takes its inspiration from the brothels and opium dens of 1930s Macao.” What does that translate to on the menu? Seared squid salad with sweet soy noodles, say, and a Macanese chili lobster tail.
Night + Market, Los Angeles
This Los Angeles hotspot has gained acclaim for its bold renditions of Thai fare, including many Northern Thai specialties you won’t see elsewhere–but at this distinctly of-the-moment restaurant, you’ll also find a sophisticated wine list.
E & O Asian Kitchen: San Francisco
At this San Francisco favorite, plates inspired by locations across Asia–from a coconut curry ceviche to flatiron steak with kimchi and gochujang–with creative craft cocktails to complement them.