When Chinese immigrants came to India—specifically Calcutta—centuries ago, they brought with them culinary traditions that slowly merged with local flavors over time. The chef at Bordoloi's Asian Fusion showcases the unique style of Indian-Chinese cuisine that developed from this blending of cultures as he serves up dishes such as chili chicken, Tangra-style mutton, and spicy red manchurian noodles. To accommodate vegetarian diets, the menu boasts a wide variety of herbivore-friendly options, including meatless momo dumplings, okra with chili, and vegetables with cashews.
Eatao Restaurant's chefs cleave, stir-fry, and sauce an extensive menu of authentic Szechuan lamb, beef, poultry, and seafood dishes. Traditional tea-smoked duck reads the smoky tendrils of glowing tea leaves and camphor ($14.95 for half) to predict that diners' futures may soon contain fortune cookies. Wok-tossed tangerine chicken tap-dances in tangy bursts across tongues ($8.95), and à la carte red-clam and white-tuna sushi ($2 each) recall the famous Christmas carol about Santa's love of uncooked fish. Signature rolls intermingle maritime flavors, as in the passion roll, which tops bundles of spicy crab and mango with a flag of tuna, yellowtail, and avocado ($11.95).
The cooks at Chopstick and Taste of Bollywood fuse traditional Indian cuisine with Chinese cooking techniques, mixing in hints of Thai and Malaysian culinary traditions as well. Masterminded by chef Alok Pratihar, the menus include succulent seafood, piquant lamb entrees, and vegetarian dishes.
Beneath the hanging lights of Mister Hotpot’s sleek interior, groups dip a huge selection of raw vegetables and proteins into simmering pots of flavorful broth. The 100-item menu includes dunk-worthy savories such as sliced pork belly, razor clams, and shanghai cabbage, which cook while immersed in Mister Hotpot's signature soup base. From outside, the Chinese characters on the marquee glow above floor-to-ceiling windows, against which guests can smack udon noodles to test whether or not they’re al dente.
There were seven wonders of the ancient world, but there are eight Nanking Restaurant locations in the New York City area. The restaurants are named for a Chinese historical era defined by its fusion of different culinary traditions. Chefs here prepare each dish with an effort to maintain its historical flavor, creating a mix of Asian cuisine in each plate of sweet-and-sour chicken, Thai-style curry lamb, chili paneer, and sichuan shrimp. As diners savor those dishes, they can admire the restaurant's picturesque interior, which includes red-and-gold-checkered walls, crimson accents, and gold statues of lotus flowers grown from carefully planted jewels.
AOC Bistro transposes a portion of Paris to Park Slope with a red-brick bistro packed with black-veneered tables, sleek leather booths, and warm, trapezoidal light fixtures. The menu features something for Francophiles of all stripes: brunch items—such as eggs mediterranee with basil and merquez sausages, and Feuille de Brique, a phyllo pastry stuffed with ham and cheese and topped with a poached egg—are served until 4 p.m. every weekend, and the dinner menu includes Italian-inspired pasta dishes alongside such French classics as duck-leg confit and coq au vin. The restaurant also offers online ordering and take-out, and boasts far cheaper delivery charges than sending dishes via zipline from the Eiffel Tower to the Statue of Liberty.