Though Chopstixx Café specializes in authentic Chinese street fare, its menu also charts out an edible map of Thailand, Japan, and Mongolia crisscrossed with sweet tributaries of bubble tea. An array of soups, salads, and appetizers, such as the steamed or pan-fried gyoza dumplings ($3.25) starts your meal off with the culinary equivalent of an exciting parkour chase through Tokyo before diving into the main plot with a plate of honey-sesame shrimp ($9.99), Malaysian kway teow ($9.99), or chicken yaki udon ($9.99), a Japanese-style noodle dish. Herbivores, meanwhile, can skip the hassle of assembling a salad out of parsley garnishes and bitter tears with the café's bevy of vegetarian vittles, such as General Tso’s crispy tofu ($7.99).
Shanghai Lounge doesn't reinvent traditional dishes—instead, its Asian-fusion culinary team honors the classics by whipping up more than 70 of them. Mongolian beef, stir-fried with onions and scallions, and tofu with cabbage vie for diners’ affections with chicken dishes such as curry chicken, ginger chicken, and general tso’s chicken. Teriyaki eel or sweet-and-sour fish delight taste buds with more exotic proteins. Bubble tea, or pots of hot green, black, or oolong tea, wash down the hearty cuisine spreads.
Hunan Taste packs empty stomach suitcases with authentic Chinese cuisine distinguished by sour, spicy tastes and slow-cooked tender textures. Skip the cumbersome rental of a cement mixer and lay an appetizing foundation with steamed or pan-fried dumplings ($4.95) or crispy shrimp egg rolls ($2.75). Chopstick skeptics can play to strengths by spooning hot mouthfuls of braised baby cabbage in superior soup ($10.95) and getting paws sauced with sweet-and-sour spare ribs ($13.95). Mouth nets can make a deliciously daring choice by ushering in the steamed fish head with diced hot red peppers ($23.95) or opening wide at a butterfly garden.