Scan this QR Code to follow PureWow on Snapchat!
PureWow
Toy Restaurant
Spicy Beef and Scallion Dumplings

While the Meatpacking District hasn?t exactly been on our short list of dining destinations in recent years, we?re happy to report that a new pan-Asian eatery, Toy, lured us back for a surprising midweek treat.

As to be expected when adjacent to Hotel Gansevoort, the restaurant?s interior, outfitted in black lacquer and geometric mirrors, reads sleek and edgy, but it?s the origami-inspired food presentation that really steals the show.

A re-imagined dim sum menu made quite the first impression on us with lobster dumplings topped with crispy rice noodles ($15), spicy beef and scallion dumplings ($14) and flaky, cream-filled sesame puffs ($11). Next up, the small plate we tried was anything but: The spicy tuna toro ($17) is actually a fantastically large sushi roll. Then, if you haven?t filled up on all the starters, we suggest trying either the caramelized black cod ($26) or crispy Peking duck ($68), which serves two people comfortably, to round out the evening.

Full disclosure: The space does take a turn to a nightlife scene at about 10 p.m., so your best bet is to score a reservation on the earlier side. But we promise the food is worth the trip across the cobblestones.

18 Ninth Ave. (at 13th St.); 212-203-5422 or toyrestaurant.com

From Around The Web