Cuisine Type: Chinese, Indo-Chinese, Pan-Asian
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Number of Tables: 11–25
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular offering: Steamed Whole Fish with Ginger
Alcohol: Full bar
Delivery / Take-out Available: Yes
Outdoor Seating: No
Pro Tip: Inside the Hyatt/Headquarters Plaza. Park by the east elevators for fastest access.
Q&A with the Owner
What is one of your most popular offerings? How is it prepared?
[Our] steamed whole red snapper is bathed in a ginger and spring onion sauce.
The restaurant does a good job with fish. One evening was highlighted by a whole steamed red snapper, deboned and topped with a sauce of black beans, garlic and ginger, and finally sprinkled with green onions.
What is one fun, unusual fact about your business?
The New York Times article sums it up well:
"Part of a group of Indian-owned restaurants based in Edison (home of Ming I, by the way), the three-year-old Ming II serves what it calls 'reinvented pan-Asian cuisine,' which covers a lot of geographic and culinary territory, from roti to curry, sweet and sour chicken to pad Thai and chop suey. Much of the food is hearty and sauce-driven, animated by Indian and Chinese flavors—not surprising, perhaps, since the chef, Michael Chu, was born along the border separating the countries."
In your own words, how would you describe your menu?
This is not fusion, but a cuisine that has existed for centuries. The western Chinese border and food is influenced by Indian elements, so this food is often dubbed Indo-Chinese, but there are many Malay and Thai offerings, too.
If you can't take the heat, stay out of the kitchen...or at least don't spend a lot of time in it. The frozen food here is a great way to whip up a meal in minutes.
Just a touch of these key baking ingredients will make your baked goods pop, so make sure your kitchen is always well-stocked.
H20: The essential element for every human being. Stay hydrated everywhere you go with a bottle from Curry To Go.
When you need your coffee or tea fix, the selections from Curry To Go will certainly come in hand.
Catch all your omega-3 fatty acids! Fish are delicious and nutritious, so start planning your next seafood platter.
Health nuts will go crazy for the refreshing beverages available here, a great way to stay happy and hydrated.
Who's hungry? A frozen entree will fool anyone's palate, so why waste time cooking up a storm?
Do you meet your recommended calcium intake? If not, pick up some dairy products and put yourself on the path to a healthier lifestyle.
Everyone loves cereal in the morning. Stop in to get your family's favorites.
This fresh produce here is so tasty it will change the way we think about healthy eating.
From freshly baked pastas to packaged noodles, Curry To Go has all of your pasta necessities.
Feeling hungry? Make your breakfast, lunch, or dinner even better with some great seasonings and spices from here.
Find healthy and affordable oil and vinegar at Curry To Go and keep the good meals coming all week long.
You can never have enough canned goods stocked in your pantry. Pick some more up here.
Discover a new flavor of bread at Curry To Go and get creative with your sandwiches.
A healthy and light snack from Curry To Go is a great way to keep your energy up throughout the day.
You'll want to taste the exquisite meats available at this location.
Curry To Go is surrounded by endless parking options.
Find your next sugar rush at Cheesecake Factory, and enjoy desserts that will not disappoint.
Keep your health in check at Cheesecake Factory, a local restaurant with endless healthy menu items.
Whether you have something to celebrate or just need something to take the edge off, the drink menu at this restaurant won't disappoint.
At this restaurant, kids of all ages are welcome.
For comfortable outdoor service, Cheesecake Factory sets up a seasonal patio.
Whether you have a group of five or a group of 20, Cheesecake Factory can seat both large and small groups.
Between the music and the crowds, be prepared for a lot of noise at this restaurant.
Casual dining at its best, Cheesecake Factory customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt.
Through their catering service, Cheesecake Factory can also set out a delicious spread for your next party.
Getting your food to go is also an option.
Just come to us and park. No tickets, no fees, just a free convenient parking lot from us to you.
Prices are rock bottom at Cheesecake Factory, so load up on snacks and treats.
What's your favorite meal of the day? Chow down on breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Cheesecake Factory and taste test your way through the menu.
If you are looking for something sweet to end your meal, make your way over to Cheesecake Factory and browse the tasty dessert options.
Stop what you're doing and pay a visit to Cheesecake Factory's restaurant today.
Find something for anyone at any time with American food from Cheesecake Factory.
As its multi-star ratings show, Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill serves the best in all things beef, making this lip-smacking steakhouse hard to match.
Drinks here are readily available, so you can enjoy a glass of red or try something new.
At this restaurant, everyone will find something they love — kids included!
Make those early evening hours happy ones and swing by for some discounted food and drink deals after work.
Round up the whole gang and reserve the private room at Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill — it's the perfect spot for a big party to gather and celebrate.
Stay connected at no cost thanks to Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill's wifi.
The patio seating at Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill is perfect for those warm summer days.
The restaurant doesn't accept reservations, so make sure to show up early during the busy weeknights.
The food's ready when you are. Come on in or carry out.
Bring the Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill's great food to your place.
Easy parking is accessible for Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill's diners.
Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill is home to many cyclists who appreciate the parking racks outside.
Prices are reasonable, with a typical meal running under $30.
For the be-all and end-all of steakhouses, people can't stop talking about Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill. Try it today and judge the sky-high ratings for yourself.
Everyone deserves to treat themselves every once in a while, so head on over to Charlie Brown's Fresh Grill and indulge in a juicy steak.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's piping pizza is just as hot as its ratings, and customers call this tasty spot one of the best around.
Unwind with a glass of wine or cocktail with your meal — this pizzeria has a wonderful selection of drinks to accompany your dinner.
Load up the mini-van and bring the kids to this pizzeria — they'll love the menu and scene here as much as mom and dad.
The pizzeria's noise level can be somewhat straining on the vocal cords, so intimate get-togethers may be best enjoyed elsewhere.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is first-come, first-served, so plan accordingly.
Or, take your food to go.
If you've got the car, then we've got parking for you.
Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza offers outdoor bike racks for cyclists.
Menu items at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza tend to be mid-priced, so expect to plop down about $30 per person to dine here.
So who's hungry? The highly-acclaimed pizza at Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza is ready and waiting to be served.
For a casual meal that is highly-rated, look no further than Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza's pizza.
So head over to Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza, where you can sit down to a delicious pizza in a relaxed, casual setting.
Not all pizzas are made the same. For a quality pie that packs in all the delicious flavors you love, be sure to stop by Anthony's Coal Fired Pizza.
Fans of Menlo Pizza make every night "pizza night" — reviews prove that this hub sells steaming slices of five-star bliss.
Whether you are looking for food low in fat or gluten-free, this restaurant is the place you want to eat.
The perfect place to take the kids, dining out at this pizzeria won't cost you a sitter.
Menlo Pizza is a prime location to dine with a group.
At Menlo Pizza, "dress to impress" is a thing of the past, and jeans are the new norm.
Catering from Menlo Pizza will take your party to the next level.
This pizzeria will deliver their delicious dishes right to your door, or you can stop in and pick up some great takeout.
With a parking lot adjacent to Menlo Pizza, you won't get stuck circling the block.
At Menlo Pizza, diners can make use of the safe bike rack.
Dining at Menlo Pizza will set you back about $30 per person on average.
Who doesn't love pizza? And who doesn't love pizza with great ratings? Menlo Pizza is home to some of the best slices in the neighborhood, so order a hot one today.
Pizza lovers can't get enough of Menlo Pizza where the ratings are as hot as the pies, so come on down for a quick slice or two.
If you're in the mood for a casual night out, pay Menlo Pizza a visit and munch on some delicious pizza.
Craving pizza tonight? Stop in for a tasty slice at Menlo Pizza.
Prospect Park designers Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux famously preferred the airy lawns of this Brooklyn oasis to their earlier design of Manhattan’s Central Park. So if you're heading to the park for a show, it makes sense to make a day of it and spend some time on its sunny, open meadows. Before the doors open, cool off (and use real bathrooms!) while enjoying an affordable meal at any one of these restaurants, all within a 10-minute walk of the park.
For alfresco diners: Brooklyn Larder (228 Flatbush Ave.)
OK, this isn’t a restaurant, though there are a few tables for eating and a good lunch special: sandwich, chips, beer or soda, and a cookie for $15, available 11 a.m.–3 p.m. If you prefer dining alfresco, come here for a fantastic selection of cheeses, breads, salads, and any number of jams, jellies, and preserves in cute jars to eat in the park. Drinking alcohol in the park is, of course, prohibited and can lead to a ticket. On an unrelated note, Brooklyn Larder has a great selection of beers, starting with Dale’s Pale Ale cans for $2.50 each.
For cheap vegetarians: Dao Palate (329 Flatbush Ave.)
A mainstay of vegetarians, Dao Palate serves fresh vegetables and mock meats in typical Chinese sauces that are a few notches lighter and fresher-tasting than average. Great for larger groups, the big restaurant’s main dishes run around $12, and their filling lunch specials around $9. My favorite, black-pepper seitan on a bed of chinese broccoli, comes with a spring roll and a miso soup to boot.
For those with time to kill: Cubana Cafe (80 6th Ave., right off Flatbush Avenue)
The food here is less of a draw than the cocktails and the decor, but it’s still consistently good, with a menu that hews closely to the dishes I’ve seen served in Havana: black-bean soup, roast chicken with rice, plantains. Most plates are meat-heavy and generous with the portions—beware ordering an appetizer and a main dish unless you’re very hungry. As you wait for the show to begin, linger over a mojito or a cold beer in a breezy dining room painted turquoise, pink, and yellow, where the floor-to-ceiling windows are flung open all summer long.
For picky eaters: 67 Burger (234 Flatbush Ave.)
With a long and flexible list of food options, 67 Burger has something to please everyone. The menu has your cheeseburgers, your curly fries, and your Lagunitas on tap, but also real salads and two veggie-burger options, all of which can be customized with many extras like goat cheese, chipotle mayo, and olive tapenade. Burgers range from $6.75 to $10. There’s also a wine selection and something called a beer shake, which intrigued me but not enough to try it on a weekday alone.
Photos by Kasia Mychajlowycz.
The saying “less is more” has perhaps never been truer than it is at Porchetta (110 E. 7th St.) and Porsena (21 E. 7th St.). At both East Village hot spots, Chef Sara Jenkins has built a cult following by keeping her menus tightly focused rather than trying to do it all. Crowds gather at Porchetta to savor one specific thing: slow-roasted pork (served in varying ways yet always the central focus of each dish). At Porsena, they come for perfectly cooked artisanal pasta.
Jenkins’s straightforward approach reflects a distinctly Italian state of mind, which makes sense, considering her upbringing around Tuscany and Rome. Mario Batali summed it up succinctly when he called her “one of the few chefs in America who understands Italy and how Italians eat."
“I think Italians in Italy eat with a certain fairness that Americans and Italian-Americans don’t have,” Jenkins said, asked about what prompted Batali’s praise. “An Italian is perfectly happy with a perfectly cooked artisanal spaghetti with great olive oil and chilies, while an American would want to add three or four [more] ingredients.”
When Jenkins isn’t working in her own kitchens, she can often be found exploring other rich, delicious, and straightforward flavors around the city. Here are a few of her favorites.
For Italian (outside of Porsena): “I eat at Cesare Casella’s place on the West Side, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto (283 Amsterdam Ave.). He’s a Tuscan chef who’s been working in New York for many more years than I have. He’s very authentic.”
For gelato: “Il laboratio del gelato (188 Ludlow St.). They have traditional and nontraditional flavors.”
For espresso: “Abraço Espresso (86 E. 7th St.) on 7th Street. They are maniacal about making it right.”
For wine or cocktails: “I like to drink wine at Bar Veloce (175 2nd Ave.) on 2nd Avenue. It’s an Italian wine bar that’s been there more than 10 years. It’s not over the top, not pretentious or precious. Just a great wine selection in a nice space.”
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The dim sum lunch, or yum cha (literally “drink tea”), is the Cantonese answer to Spanish tapas. It is as much a tradition in New York City's Chinatown as weekend brunch on The Lower East Side. The bustling scene is all too familiar: packed tables, servers pushing metal carts while hawking their selections, the din of impatient, hungry diners. They wait for shrimp dumplings, steamed pork spareribs, roast pork buns, pork and shrimp shu mai -- the seemingly endless variety goes on and on.
But for vegetarians, the choices can be few. When it comes to dim sum, seafood and meat dominate the menu. New York vegetarians need not despair, because there are two very appetizing dim sum havens for non-meat eaters, and they’re right in Chinatown.
Buddha Bodai on Mott Street serves a completely vegetarian and kosher menu of dim sum favorites, ranging from shrimp dumplings to beef rice rolls. The restaurant is usually packed on weekday lunch hours with City Hall municipal types, while the weekend clientele consists of tourists, locals and the environmentally conscientious. An all-day menu of vegetarian iterations of Chinese standards is also on offer, with creative takes on dishes like roast pork and sesame chicken. Using seitan, tofu and yam starch (among other vegetarian and kosher-friendly ingredients) as substitutes, many of these plates will fool even the committed carnivore in appearance and flavor.
The line outside the door on Sunday afternoons may be the best way to spot Vegetarian Dim Sum House on Pell Street. Crowds tend to gather on weekends, anxious for healthy vegetarian takes on traditional dim sum dishes. The array of vegetarian dumplings -- pan fried, watercress, snow pea leaf, monk dumplings -- draw in voracious vegetarians who want the variety of a full-scale dim sum restaurant without sacrificing their principles or lifestyle choices. The menu is comprehensive, full of inventive vegetarian fare using Eastern and Western-style vegetables, not to mention an exhaustive list of diced, sliced or sautéed mushroom dishes. At Vegetarian Dim Sum House, there’s no need to solely imitate meat dishes. Here, vegetables are allowed to take center stage.