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38 E. Eighth St. (University Pl.) Send to Phone
Deceptively inexpensive Greenwich Village pan-Asian noodle house.

Lunch & Dinner daily
Open late Fri.-Sat.

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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Cafetasia Restaurant Review

: Wedged in between pizza take-out counters, cafés, and cheap eateries, this dimly lit and sleek Eighth Street pan-Asian noodle bar almost goes unnoticed by shoppers and passersby. Which is a shame since Cafetasia has a topnotch ambience (complete with long wooden communal tables, lime-green padded chairs and a votive-lit dark room) and dishes that hardly touch your wallet. Starting with the tasting menu, from the small plates selections, try the summer rolls made of basil, carrot, noodles and marinated tofu; calamari fritters with a ginger avocado sauce; and chicken and shrimp shu mai with rice soy vinaigrette. Then move on to a choice of beef, shrimp, chicken, duck or tofu with four types of curry. The red is our favorite: a simmering dish of basil, chili, pineapple, tomato, pumpkin and roasted red chili in coconut broth. Finish your meal with some flaming fried ice cream with sweet tangerine purée. The reasonably priced, two-course fixed lunch can’t be beat.
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