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Boston's Best Asian Brings You Cuisine That's Anything but Ordinary



When you've got a hankering for Asian in Boston you're in luck because Boston's best can be found sprinkled all around the city and into the near-by suburbs.

Ranging in style, and cuisine type some do it all, like Mix-It while others stick to one style of Asian cooking, like Hot Pot Buffet. Whatever style of Asian cuisine you crave, you'll find on Boston's list of 10best. 

High end Asian is popular around Boston where snuggled into suburban Wellesley you'll come across celebrity chef run Blue Ginger. The TV star chef churns out plates of upscale Chinese eats that have devotees returning week after week. While O Ya has made a splash on sushi scene, serving expensive, but worth it plates of sashimi, nigiri.  

But that does not mean that Bostonians always pay high prices for top Asian eats; there are certainly a large selection of spots serving something special at a savings. Included on this list you'll enjoy authentic Vietnamese for less than $20 at Pho Pasteur and high quality Thai at Brown Sugar Cafe.

And those who want to dig into small plates, should make their way to Myers + Chang where a meal is not complete without sampling many menu items. 


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Misono
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Misono is a small Asian eatery located in a non-descript strip mall on West Roxbury's VFW Parkway. Don't let the location fool you because inside those doors the food that awaits is amazing. Serving up some of the freshest, most flavorful sushi around, Misono thinks outside the box with their flavor combinations; experimenting with ingredients and sauces to create some of the most unique rolls around. Aside from sushi, you'll find Misono's menu stocked full of Korean specialities like Bibimbab, and Bulgogi. As well as Japanese delights like Katsu, Teriyaki, and Tempura. A casual setting, Misono is welcoming to families, couples and friends looking for a lunch or dinner they'll be sure to enjoy.

Recommended for Asian because: Misono serves a variety of Asian cuisine that all comes out of the kitchen perfectly prepared.

Jessica's expert tip: Ask the knowledgable waitstaff to guide you in your selections.

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North End dwellers rave about Billy Tse's because it offers a little something for everyone. Their menu samples cuisine from both China, and Japan. Sushi lovers swear by Billy Tse's sashimi and those craving Chinese love this place. Food is full of flavor not weighed down by excess grease. The laid back vibe allows time to linger. Order a plate of the sweet and spicy Thai basil chicken wings to kick of your meal then move onto one of their main dishes. And don't forget to order an exotic cocktail alongside your meal. Best of all, Billy Tse's is one place locals return to long after they've made the move to the 'burbs.

Recommended for Asian because: Billy Tse's is a go-to spot for North End locals looking for sushi, Chinese and a good drink.

Jessica's expert tip: Billy Tse's offers delivery in Boston so you can stay in and still enjoy their Asian cuisine.

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Brown Sugar Cafe


For Thai that's virtually unrivaled in Boston, visit Brown Sugar Cafe. The menu is filled with authentic offerings such as curry, satay, and pad Thai. However, one slightly different dish steals the show-the Chicken Lollipops, these batter fried deboned chicken wings consist of seasoned ground shrimp, chicken and mushroom stuffing. so filling, these wings could be your meal. Vegetarians will also be delighted with the abundance of selections tailored just for you. Whatever you order at Brown Sugar, be sure to save a little room for dessert. For the meal's grand finale, order the satisfying ginger ice cream or the chilled lychee- refreshing, sweet and somewhat easy on the waistline.

Recommended for Asian because: Brown Sugar Cafe has served some of the best Thai food in the Boston area for any years.

Jessica's expert tip: Parking can be tough on Commonwealth Ave. Take advantage of this restaurant's Green Line location

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Hot Pot Buffet is hot pot cooking at its finest in Boston. Located in Chinatown, this is one restaurant that certainly is not a tourist trap. Serving pots of bubbling broth to diners who come in seeking to swish their meat and vegetables in the aromatic juice until cooked to perfection, Hot Pot Buffet is truly delicious. Best of all, it's all you can eat so those with big appetites will leave satisfied. Broth styles include a basic and spicy broth and the list of items to cook within it are endless: seafood, meat, dumplings, all, vegetables and noodles are all included in the set price. Start with a sampling and add more as you linger over your hot pot.

Recommended for Asian because: All you can eat; Hot Pot Buffet serves quality food at bargain prices.

Jessica's expert tip: Chinatown is a difficult section of the city for parking; leave the car behind if you can.

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O Ya


A shoji-screened window and a small sign are the only indications that this nondescript brick building houses some of the finest sashimi in Boston. Chef and owner Tim Cushman works with his chefs to fuse exotic flavors with the purity of small morsels of raw fish. Expect small plates like wild bluefin chutoro tartare served with a homemade ginger kimchee jus and wild spot prawn with garlic butter, white soy and preserved yuzu. Of course, there's a price to pay for these bold and delightful bites - each plate starts around $20, and you'll need several to constitute a meal.

Recommended for Asian because: O Y is a luxe Asian experience; specializing in sashimi,you'll also find excellent vegetables and meats on the menu.

Jessica's expert tip: The menu changes often to reflect the finest ingredients available. To make the most of your experience at O Ya, try the Omakase (chef's tasting menu), which will allow you a great overview of their menu.

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Mix-It, an Asian Fusion restaurant, burst onto the scene in 2014. Welcoming diners from of all kinds (including kids), Mix-It makes it fun to experience a variety of Asian dishes. Set on Mass Ave between two popular Squares, Harvard and Porter, Mix-It's inviting space is sleek, modern and exceptionally clean. Mix-It casts a wide net to reel in some of Asia's best dishes without singling out one style or country, and it works. They've mastered the art of managing a multi-page menu; serving some of the most delightful curries, noodle bowls, and sushi in the Boston area. A pleasant surprise comes in the form of chicken wings. This crisp finger food comes in serving sizes ranging from 4 to 32 with your choice of several special sauces. Always a bargain, Mix-It offers extra savings during the lunch rush with specials less than $10 and boxes less than $15.

Recommended for Asian because: Mix-It is an Asian eatery that successfully serves a menu that spans many types of cuisine.

Jessica's expert tip: There's a great deal worth trying on Mix-It's menu; order a variety of food to share.

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Nothing beats a big bowl of Pho when the weather is cold, or you feel a little under it. Pho Pasteur takes your Pho craving to a whole new level, you will want a bowl of their Pho anytime of year no matter how you feel. This Chinatown gem is focused on serving authentic Vietnamese food at super low prices. Menu items are all under $15 and filling. Fresh ingredients make for their superior dishes allowing diners to feel good about eating at Pho Pasteur. Take out is available, and makes for a fun spread when entertaining a few friends. It's also the perfect food for an evening home alone.

Recommended for Asian because: Inexpensive and excellent, Pho Pasteur serves authentic, fresh and filling Vietnamese food.

Jessica's expert tip: Don't be fooled by the exterior or the lack of decor; Pho Pasteur serves spectacular food.

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Myers + Chang


An Asian diner that serves some of the best Taiwanese soul food and Southeast Asian street food you can find stateside. Favoring lighter sauces, and creating new twists on classics as well as developing new dishes with regional flavors sets Myers + Chang apart from the competition. The team is passionate about creating food diners will desire to eat over and over again. Successful in their quests, you'll find lines of diners waiting for a table in their small digs. Dine family style on the small plates that arrive perfectly prepared while sipping one of their speciality cocktails. Order a few things to start then return to the menu for more, but don't leave without dessert because their sweets are as sensational as the main dishes.

Recommended for Asian because: Myer+Chang is a hip welcoming Asian eatery that serves fresh cuisine.

Jessica's expert tip: Order family style, a few plates at a time until you're full.

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Born and raised in Boston, Jessica knows her city like the back of her hand.  Always looking to uncover something new, Jessica keeps up on the latest and greatest Boston offerings. 

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