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New(ish) Pan-Asian Place in Murray Hill

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New(ish) Pan-Asian Place in Murray Hill

A Manhattan Diner | Feb 6, 2005 08:20 AM

Have eaten three times now very happily at a Pan-Asian place on 34th St. between Park and Lex that opened in October. It is remarkably inexpensive (with a pre-fix dinner that is less than $16 for 3 courses) and what I've had of the food I've loved.

Twice I tried the Thailand grilled salmon, and I have no clue as to whether it is authentic Thai style, but it was great salmon. A nice sized slab, thick in the middle, and as moist and tasty as any salmon I've had. The other time I tried the orange salmon off the low carb section of the menu, which is not particularly Asian I guess, but which was also excellent. Both came with nicely steamed vegetables.

As appetizers, I've tried the steamed Vietnamese dumplings (which have chicken and jicama inside) and the Vietnamese spring rolls, both of which were excellent. The rest of the menu is quite large, though, I confess haven't made it past the salmon. (I tried a bit of a friend's pork something one night, which was nicely flavored but I didn't pay enough attention to what it was to comment.)

I'm posting mainly because it doesn't seem to be attracting a huge volume of business. Given the low prices and the not too huge crowds, I'm almost afraid it won't make it, and I like the food too much to want to lose a neighborhood option I like this much.

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