Though Asian cuisine encompasses the tastes of multiple countries, from China to India, and Thailand to Japan, one thing is for certain: they're all delicious. Spices not regularly used in Western cooking pop up regularly and heat levels are often kicked into high gear, making Asian cuisine flavorful and exciting.
For Asian food purists, places like Zabb Elee in Flushing regale diners with light and spicy tastes of Thailand, while those with a bent toward pushing the limits experiment with the bold flavors of their home continent. For those looking to test the waters, joints like Tamarind (Indian) or Momofuku Noodle Bar (fusion at its finest) are best. And still others, like the highly revered (and equally difficult to get into) Sushi Yasuda, take high-quality ingredients and showcase them with a precision and simplicity that's hard - if not impossible - to replicate.
Whether you're looking to light up your tongue with birds-eye chilies, or you'd rather enjoy a more refined dining experience, you'll have plenty to choose from in this list of the ten best Asian restaurants in New York City. Below, we dive into the pristine, the budget, the experimental and everything in between to bring you the best cuisine of the Eastern world.