Many Chowhounds think of fried rice as a homey combo of leftover rice and whatever's in the fridge. But the diverse variations served at restaurants nowadays prompt a rethinking of this humble dish—at least for those of us who don't have foie gras or bone marrow on hand at home. Here's an alphabetical list of New York restaurants that fry rice every which way.
1. ASIAN TASTE 86
86-10 Whitney Avenue (between Macnish Street and 43rd Avenue), Elmhurst, Queens
This Indonesian kitchen cranks up the heat to order in its Fried Rice 86 with egg, shredded chicken, and shrimp paste.
2. BAR MASA
In Time Warner Center, 10 Columbus Circle, Fourth Floor, Manhattan
Luxe accompaniments to Japanese-style fried rice include Peking duck with foie gras and fall mushrooms with white truffles.
3. BKNY THAI
47-11 Francis Lewis Boulevard (between 47th Avenue and Weeks Lane), Bayside, Queens
Jumbo crab stars with stir-fried jasmine rice, egg, and vegetables at an out-of-the-way Thai spot.
4. BLUE RIBBON SUSHI IZAKAYA
In the Thompson LES Hotel, 187 Orchard Street (between Houston and Stanton streets), Manhattan
Oxtail fried rice is enriched by bone marrow—a Blue Ribbon signature—tucked into an omelet purse.
5. CANTON GOURMET
38-08 Prince Street (near 39th Avenue), Flushing, Queens
Egg, salted fish, and scallions harmonize beautifully in this hound hangout's Famous Silver Golden Egg Fried Rice.
6. GREAT NY NOODLETOWN
28 Bowery (at Bayard Street), Manhattan
Chinatown night owls dig in to fried rice Young Chow–style (with shrimp, egg, and bits of pork) or with chicken and salted fish.
7. LOTUS BLUE
110 Reade Street (between West Broadway and Church Street), Manhattan
Spice and herbs give a lift to Yunnan Chinese–style fried rice with pickled turnip, ground pork, chile, mint, basil, and cilantro.
168 Lexington Avenue (between 30th and 31st streets), Manhattan
Gomoku chahan—fried rice with roasted pork and vegetables, topped with pickled ginger—is pure Japanese comfort food.
10. SPICY & TASTY
39-07 Prince Street (between 39th and Roosevelt avenues), Flushing, Queens
Two well-executed southern Chinese outliers—fried rice with egg and scallion or chicken and salted fish—stand out on a mostly Sichuan menu.
64-13 39th Avenue (between 64th and 65th streets), Woodside, Queens
Fried rice with salted beef offers a welcome contrast with chile heat and other powerful flavors at this Thai destination.
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