‘Tis the season to eat, drink and be merry! We all know that family and friends love to get together during the holidays to celebrate. And in our great city, there is never a shortage of places to go. Here is a list of the 20 best Asian restaurants to visit this season.

1 Buddakan This well-    known and well-loved Chelsea restaurant has more fans and followers than almost any Asian restaurant in New York. It has an enchanted feel with stunning lights that keep your whole night illuminated. Buddakan is the ideal spot for a large group celebrating the holidays. Many guests enjoy heading over to this Chinese inspired spot after walking through the city and seeing its gorgeous holiday lights. And with menu items likes Charred Filet of Beef and Dungeness Crab Rice, you will feel like celebrating all night long!

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-6699

2 Zutto Japanese American Pub– The casual and laid back feel of Zutto will make this spot great for a group of friends. The inviting and cozy décor makes TriBeCa’s Zutto the perfect restaurant to come in out of the cold and grab some tasty dishes! The Seafood Ramen with Pork Belly is “amazing and rich in flavor.” What better way to celebrate the season than with good food and good friends?

77 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 233-3287

3 Talde– Spending time with family is what the holidays are all about. But after so many home-cooked meals, it’s important to get out and enjoy someone else’s cooking. Luckily, there are a variety of family style Asian restaurants in New York. Talde, located in Park Slope, has become a Brooklyn favorite. It’s swanky with a home-style feel. You and your family’s mouths will water over the Crispy Oyster and Bacon Pad Thai and the Pretzel Dumplings. So good!

369 7th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 916-0031

4 Takashi– Korean BBQ is by far the best atmosphere for getting a party together. The interactive cooking makes this a group effort that only enhances the dining experience. And West Village’s Takashi has a charming, cozy and trendy vibe that will make the night an exciting one! The Niku-Uni Chuck Flap comes highly recommended. Takashi will be the ideal spot for your rowdy group of friends this season.

456 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014
(212) 414-2929

5 Dieci– It seems odd to have an Italian/Japanese fusion restaurant, but Dieci does it just right. The intimate atmosphere is simple and quaint and just right for a romantic date in the East Village. The Uni Scrambled Egg and the Early Grey Crème Brulee are to die for. You and your date are sure to have a great time at Dieci!

228 E 10th St, New York, NY 10003
(212) 387-9545

6 Nyonya– If you love Malaysian food and you want a family style experience for those out of town guests this holiday season, head to Little Italy! Nyonya boasts that their restaurant carries the most authentic Malaysian cuisine that you’ll find in all of New York City. The flavors are so succulent at Nyonya, that you will feel like you have taken a trip to Malaysia! Make sure to try the Roti Telur, the Nyonya Satay and the Curry Mee with Young Tau Foo, one of their signature dishes and very spicy. With a variety of food options and large portions you and your loved ones will definitely want to try Nyonya.

199 Grand St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 334-3669
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7 Hop Lee– Simple and unassuming, Hop Lee will be great for grabbing a bite after a long day of holiday shopping. It is large enough to accommodate groups, so if you and your family are looking for some yummy authentic Chinese food in Chinatown, be sure to stop by Hop Lee. The owners will make you feel like family and the menu is wonderful! Regulars rave about the Beef Chow Fun in gravy. We know you will leave satisfied!

16 Mott St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 962-6475

8 LuAnn’s Wild Ginger All-Asian Vegan- Another great family style restaurant in Little Italy’ is LuAnne’s Wild Ginger. The food is not only scrumptious, it is also all Vegan!  Dishes like Bi Bim Bap and The Curry Stew are outstanding. The vegetables are crisp and fresh and the wine is delicious. LuAnne’s is also a perfect spot to feel warm and cozy on the cool New York evening. We promise you’ll feel more like a member of the family than a guest.

380 Broome St., New York, NY 10013
(212) 966-1883
 LuAnn’s Wild Ginger

9 Ichimura at Brushstroke– Sometimes the hustle and bustle of the holiday season can be overwhelming. Luckily, there are some intimate and safe havens out there in our great city. One of the best sushi bars that is sure to keep you cozy is Ichimura At Brushstroke. Chef David Bouley has done a standout job on this menu. Items like Ichimura’s Omakases and Sashimi are just delightful! Head to TriBeCa for a memorable evening this time of year.

30 Hudson St, New York, NY 10013
(212) 791-3771

10 Milon– This popular Indian/Bangladesh restaurant in the East Village is a sight for sore eyes. It is so colorful and festive that you and your family will feel like they are in the middle of the biggest party in NYC. Perfect for big events, like birthdays and New Year’s Eve, Milon also has some awesome food! The Remshi Kabob is a tasty and popular item. Milon is also BYOB and the menu is quite affordable! All of that makes for a celebratory evening!

93 1st Ave #2, New York, NY 10003
(212) 228-4896

11 Pok Pok NY– Family style Thai food is always a good idea. And Pok Pok NY is definitely a great option. Although it may be small, this Brooklyn restaurant’s taste is quite big! Dishes like Sticky Rice make Pok Pok NY a well-loved spot! And for those clear and crisp sunny New York days, Pok Pok has a cute outside patio. All in all, it is a great choice for quality Thai food!

117 Columbia St, Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 923-9322

12 Momofuku Noodle Bar– One of the best places in our city to take a large group, Momfoku Noodle Bar is the ideal spot for a holiday party. It has a simplistic sophistication that makes this noodle house a must see destination. Chef David Chang is well-known for adding a touch of gourmet with his culinary expertise. Your guests will adore the Duck Belly and their signature Momofuku and Kimchi Ramen with Shitake Mushroom Buns. De-lish!

171 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-7773

13 Apple Restaurant & Bom Bar– Are you and your co-workers ready to party this holiday season? If so, you must have your get together at Greenwich Village’s Apple Restaurant & Bom Bar. Not only is the décor funky and radiant, the Karaoke will add an element to make your night one to remember. The food at Apple Restaurant & Bom Bar is also amazing. The Spicy Cucumber Salad is crisp and fresh and the yummy Lychee Martini will get the party started!

17 Waverly Pl, New York, NY 10003
(212) 473-8888
Apple Restaurant & Bom Bar

14 Bozu– The name Bozu even sounds like a party name! And this Japanese Tapas restaurant is just that. A total party! The lighting is unique and funky and the exposed red brick makes you feel comfortable and relaxed. The Spicy Tuna Roll, Pork Betty and the Tuna TarTar are the local Williamsburg-ite’s favorites. There is also the popular Party Bomb, which is sure to keep your evening lively!

296 Grand St, 
Brooklyn, NY 11211
(718) 384-7770

15 Nobu– The cooler climate makes anyone want to curl up on an intimate date. And what better place than the popular Nobu? Just walking through the door at Nobu, you get the sense that your night is going to be relaxing and unique. Chef Nobu Matsuhisa has created such a perfect menu, that there is no way you won’t become a fan yourself. Rock Shrimp Tempura, Sashimi Salad and Black Cod with Miso are so good that they cannot be missed. Grab the one you love and warm up inside Nobu this holiday season.

40 W 57th St,
New York, NY 10019 
(212) 757-3000

16 Momo Sushi Shack – Tis the season to party! And if you are in the mood to be festive, Momo Sushi Shack is the place for you! This Williamsburg eatery is rustic with a charming feel, but the atmosphere is always pumping! Make sure to try the Tofu Salad or the Pork Betty. Both are delicious options for a night on the town!

43 Bogart St, Brooklyn, NY 11206
(718) 418-6666

17 Morimoto– The elegant and chic Chelsea eatery is by far one of the most famous on our list. But when you think about the holiday season, sometimes you just want to be around the best of the best. And at Morimoto, you will have just that! Guests love Iron Chef Morimoto’s Tuna Pizza and Kobe Steak. Your out of town visitors will most likely be asking to see the famed restaurant, so you may as well make a reservation right now!

88 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
(212) 989-8883

18 Macao Trading Company– This Portuguese/Chinese Fusion restaurant is not only different from most New York City restaurants; it is also family style, which makes it ideal for this busy time of year. The atmosphere is eclectic with a modern feel and certainly known for being ultra-trendy. The African Chicken is a “must try” and the Mushroom and Truffle Croquettes are so tasty, that your mouth will water at the site of them! Once you and your family walk into Macao Trading Company, you will want to stay all night!

311 Church St #1, New York, NY 10013
(212) 431-8750

19 Benihana– Who doesn’t love Benihana? The midtown location has a view to die for and the group ambiance will make this a fun destination for either a holiday party or a New Year’s night with good friends. The delectable hibachi also makes for a great evening!  Chicken, Shrimp, Steak, Scallops or Veggies; they are all grilled to perfection by your very own Hibachi chef. And that white sauce! Out of this world!

47 W 56th St
New York, NY 10019

20 Tao– The name is synonymous with excellence and your out of town guest will surely be asking you to take them to Tao. So why not? It’s definitely a must see! And with locations both uptown and downtown there is no reason not to stop in for a drink or some outstanding food! The menu is so awesome with tasty entrée’s like Hong Kong XO Shrimp with Long Beans and Jasmine Rice and the Typhoon Lobster with Fingerling Potatoes and Spicy Stir Fry. Your night at Tao will be an unforgettable one for sure!

42 E 58th St, New York, NY 10022
(212) 888-2288