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Plattsburgh’s Take on Asian Cuisine

  Craving some far Eastern cuisine? Don’t waste time traveling across the world to Asia. Step into Plattsburgh’s colorful Himalayan restaurant or the ornate Koto. What about the homey Sawatdee? Each restaurant offers something unique for Plattsburgh’s residents and visitors. Dark-wood décor and dim lighting welcome visitors into Koto Japanese Steakhouse, followed by the sounds of knives slapping the grill and chicken sizzling at the hibachi tables. Traditional meals such as sukiyaki, a stew that consists of beef, vegetables and rice, delight guests at Koto. “The sushi is amazing,” says Sara Mattson, a Koto regular. “I tend to come here…

Authentic taste in every dish. (DoNorth/Kevin McAvey)

 

Craving some far Eastern cuisine? Don’t waste time traveling across the world to Asia. Step into Plattsburgh’s colorful Himalayan restaurant or the ornate Koto. What about the homey Sawatdee? Each restaurant offers something unique for Plattsburgh’s residents and visitors.

Dark-wood décor and dim lighting welcome visitors into Koto Japanese Steakhouse, followed by the sounds of knives slapping the grill and chicken sizzling at the hibachi tables. Traditional meals such as sukiyaki, a stew that consists of beef, vegetables and rice, delight guests at Koto. “The sushi is amazing,” says Sara Mattson, a Koto regular. “I tend to come here more than I should because I know the food is going to be so good.”

Sawatdee Thai Restaurant rests in the heart of downtown Plattsburgh. Large tinted windows allow passers-by to catch only a slight glimpse inside. Customers can order a Thai favorite: chicken pad Thai, a dish consisting of noodles, eggs, peanuts, chicken and a vegetable medley. Sawatdee also opened a second location in uptown Plattsburgh along Route 3 for those heading toward the Northway.

Along Margaret Street, people strolling by can find great Tibetan food at Himalaya. Vibrant hues surround them as they sit down. Hanging above are rows of banners in bright and festive colors, and dangling throughout the restaurant are long papier-mâché lamps. Try langsha momo, beef and onions encased in dough. Not into meat? Plenty of options for vegetarians (and even vegans) as well — like the tsel (vegetable) momo.

Plattsburgh’s Asian restaurants have been able to bring décor and traditional meals together so customers can feel they are experiencing something new. Each restaurant’s ambiance and flavor bring a small piece of Asian culture to the North Country.

Issue 4: Winter/Spring 2014

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