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Asian-inspired New York cuisine at East 8

The small plates dinner menu is a reflection of New York's various Asian ethnicities.
Asia One - February 13, 2013
By: Debbie Yong
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Asian-inspired New York cuisine at East 8

East 8

Add: 10 Coleman Street #01-21/22
Tel: 6338 8289
Open: 12pm-midnight (Mon-Fri), 6pm-midnight (Sat)

Most people think of American cuisine as just burgers and pizza, but there's far more Asian influence to it than that - a point that graphic designers Emil Halim, 27, and Steven Tjhang, 26, want to impress on local diners.

For the Indonesian duo's best dining memories during their six years studying and working in New York had in fact come from the little Asian eateries scattered around the city, says Mr Halim.

They hold particularly dear the cluster of Japanese izakayas around 8th Street in East Village - hence the name of the three-month-old eatery.

"We came back to Singapore and felt like something was missing. Singapore has so many chain eateries, and not enough of one-off dining gems that you have to explore and find on your own - that's what New York dining is all about," he adds. So when a vacant unit came up next to Grand Park Hotel in City Hall, the duo inked the contract gladly, even though it didn't quite fall within the perimeter of hip neighbourhoods like Tiong Bahru or Keong Saik Road.

The space is tiny, but they've somehow managed to re-appoint it into an ultra-contemporary loft-inspired space within a space. Raw wood tables, exposed brick walls and dark metal accents indoors give one the feeling of dining under a bridge. Outside, grass patches and wood deckings are a throwback to the High Line Park in New York's meat-packing district. An elevated private dining nook has only see-through glass doors as a separator - intentionally done to recreate the voyeuristic feel of living in congested New York, grins Mr Halim.

The small plates dinner menu is a reflection of New York's various Asian ethnicities. The kimchi duck salad ($12) pays homage to Manhattan's Koreatown, an ethnic enclave between 31st and 33rd Streets. A range of yakitori skewers ($8 to $14), on the other hand, were inspired by the Japanese hole-in-the-wall eateries around Astor Place, while the Chilean seabass marinated in miso and wine ($23) takes a leaf from the cookbooks of modern Asian restaurants in New York like Buddakan and Tao.

If sharing plates are not quite your thing, try the recently launched lunch menu, which features individual portion meals, like the pork cheek burger ($13) or the sweet paprika baby rack ribs ($16.90).

"Fusion shouldn't be confusion as long as you know how to put things together well," quips Mr Halim.


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