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1751 Fulton St. (Masonic Ave.) Send to Phone
High (but balanced) energy and retooled Asian street food mark this chic, low-lit tea and cocktail lounge-restaurant.

Lunch Tues.-Fri., Dinner Tues.-Sun.
Open late Sun.-Thurs.

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: It's a surprise that this place works, but it sure does, somehow balancing tea-lounge sensibilities, cocktail-lounge chic, dance-club energy and a large menu of Asian street snacks reborn into foodie refinement. Regional roadside addictions from across the East including China, Thailand, Bali and the Philippines are crafted here by chef Timothy Luym into small plates and entrées and served on turned teak. Sweet-salty sweet potato fries come with tangy mashed banana catsup. "Snake beans" are crinkly Chinese long beans muddled with tomatoes and shrimp paste and served in a deep bowl---impossible to eat less than all of them, if fish, salt and tender crunch appeal. The Golden Gindara pan-seared black cod is smoothly finished with a subtle miso-mirin glaze and served on a refreshing bed of tatsoi. Rich beef salpicao is accompanied by poached marrow, to be spread like strong butter on coconut toast. Attentive servers will point out where flavors get unusual, intense or spicy, and offer a glass of shochu, saké or a tea-infused cocktail to balance the palate. Beware---or enjoy---the loud DJ music scene after 10 p.m.
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