Craving Asian fusion food? Head to NYC’s East Village for my favorite trifecta of Baohaus, Momofuku Noodle Bar & Spot Dessert Bar.


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I grew up on Chinese food. I ate it all day, every day. It’s my comfort food. But after a while, it get’s boring. Enter Asian fusion cuisine – my all-time favorite cuisine. It’s familiar enough to be comforting yet slightly different enough to be just a little exciting. In the East Village, there are three Asian-infused eateries that always satisfies my cravings. I call it my Asian fusion trifecta.

Brunch @ BaoHaus (238 E 14th St, New York, NY)

Baohaus is known for its twist on Taiwanese steamed bums. It’s owned by Eddie Huang, book author and TV show creator of “Fresh Off the Boat”. It’s a hole in the wall draped with branded street-wear that blasts old school hip hop. The Baohaus menu is also easy on the wallet with their $4 Chairman Bao, made with braised Berkshire pork belly with Haus relish, crushed peanuts, Taiwanese red sugar and a sprinkle of cilantro. I usually get two baos, a side of taro fries and I’m good to go.


When I’m solo, I almost always pay a visit to the famous Strand Bookstore in Union Square after brunch. With over 2.5 million books, this place is a book lover’s dream. The discounted books on the carts that line the outside of the storefront are a steal. Some go for as low as a buck!

Another way to spend the afternoon is a stroll around Union Square’s Farmer Market. It’s opened year round on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays with different vendors each day. All products are locally sourced, grown and/or hand made.

And when it’s too cold to saunter outside, there’s plenty of shopping to do in Union Square. An AMC and Regal Cinema is also nearby.

Dinner @ Momofuku Noodle Bar (171 1st Avenue, New York, NY)

Didn’t satisfy your bao craving at Bauhaus? No worries. Momofuku Noodle Bar is more than just noodles. The Momofuku Pork Bun is an all time favorite. It’s what made Momofuku what it is today. While their pork bun is the most popular appetizer, noodles are the recommended entree.

Dessert @ Spot Dessert Bar (13 St Marks Pl, New York, NY)

For dessert, Spot Dessert Bar is always a sure thing. Their Matcha Lava cake is one of the best desserts in NYC.  Thai iced tea served in a light bulb and Milky Puff are also popular options. Go ahead. Treat yourself. You probably did a lot of walking today.

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