Chinatown is known as the place where you can buy almost anything under the stars as well as get your belly full of authentic Chinese delicacies. Another, lesser-known ethnic enclave is the tiny Koreatown (West 32nd Street between 5th & 6th Ave), but you really do not have to walk too far from the Salisbury Hotel in order to get some great Asian food. Most of the places below also deliver so if you don't feel like going out, just order in!
47 West 56th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave)
At Benihana you get to experience the teppanyaki table, around which guests gather and enjoy a meal expertly prepared and cooked to perfection on a steel grill, right before your eyes — by a chef who is as much entertainer as culinary master. The chef will have all utensils and ingredients lined on the borders of the grill and will cook several dishes in front of diners with stunning flair and speed. You may also enjoy sushi and appetizers in their downstairs lounge. Great place for lunch, dinner or happy hour!
Chom Chom (Korean)
40 West 56th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave)
Chom Chom is a casual fine dining restaurant, offering authentic Korean cuisine in a unique and modern atmosphere. Inspired by the traditional culinary techniques of Korean cuisine, they craft all of their dishes using only the freshest ingredients, including homemade tofu and dumplings.
Try their signature crispy Korean style pancakes or Bibimbap. Chom Chom's specialty is the one-of-a-kind kapas menu, similar to the wildly popular tapas style dining experience featuring small share plates.
28 West 56th Street (Between 5th & 6th Ave)
Sushiya is a simple sushi restaurant for those who want to enjoy fresh food in a nice, modern atmosphere without breaking the bank. Try also their tempura and teriyaki dishes. Serving lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday and just dinner on Sundays.
Joe's Shanghai (Chinese)
24 West 56th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave)
Joe's Shanghai is famous for their magnificent soup dumplings and if you've never had soup dumplings before, this is the place to have your first experience. Their dumplings have tender skin and the juicy pork filling is highlighted with a touch of sweetness from little bit of crab meat mixed in. Dumplings are freshly made to order, so don't forget to order yours immediately upon arrival at your table. Otherwise it might be a long wait. Other noteworthy dishes are Shredded Turnip Shortcake and Twin Prawns in Chili.
Tang Pavillion (Chinese)
65 W 55th St. (between 5th & 6th Ave)
Traditional Shanghai cooking has made this sophisticated Midtown Chinese a top choice near Carnegie Hall. Classy decor, polished service, impressively large menu and reasonable prices are what keeps bringing people back.
Lili's 57 (Asian Fusion & Sushi)
200 West 57th (on 7th Ave)
Lili's offers tasty Chinese, Japanese and Thai dishes in a simple setting. They also have a sushi bar so this really is your one-stop-shop for a variety of Asian cuisines. Service is quick and everything is reasonably priced. Specialty here is their rather large gluten-free menu.
Other great places in the area:
Thai: Topaz Thai 127 W 56th St. (between 6th & 7th Ave)
Vietnamese: Le Colonial 149 E 57th St. (between Lexington & 3rd Ave)
Japanese: Nobu57 40 West 57th Street (between 5th & 6th Ave)