We had an interesting dinner on the Lower East Side on Friday, at Komodo (Ave. A betw 11th and 12th). A bit more expensive than we expected from the blurb on zagat.com, but quite good.
They bill themselves as Asian-Mexican fusion, which sounds done-to-death; but the chef really is quite clever. We started with grilled shrimp with an interesting spicy salsa; fried oysters with a great dipping sauce; and an odd twist on Age Dofu: A cake of tofu, stuffed with a mixture of black beans and I forget what else, lightly breads and fried. Really good.
I had a steak served with some more fried oysters and a side of leeks, shredded and fried cripsy. My wife had a pork chop with vegetable dumplings and a lovely sauce.
It's worth a try, but not on a tight budget.