Faan Asian Fusion
404 6th Avenue (near 8th St. in the West Village)
Manhattan, NY 10011
tel: +1.212.777.6999 or 7426
http://www.faanonline.com (website did not respond when visited)
Subway: West 4th St. (ABCDEFV)
free delivery (one imagines this means in the West Village, or somewhere nearby)
(Another restaurant by this name is at 209 Smith St. in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn, but I don't know if it's related.)
Faan Asian Fusion reminds me of some fusion places bookly has taken me to in Bangkok. The same modern, angular decor, equally trendy. (There's one place near the Central Bank in particular which I'm thinking of whose name I have just completely failed to remember. bookly, might you help me on this?) Faan has a DJ upstairs spinning. Although when we came in he'd just left a Beatles album on the turntable, he soon took over with some relatively unobtrusive yet pleasant techno.
Unlike the places in Bangkok, however, Faan has a sushi bar, and a pretty good sushi chef, by the taste of the fish. I ordered the sashimi deluxe ($19.95) but the order was garbled--I suspect because Jay had ordered the sushi deluxe ($16.95) just before me--and I actually got that instead. This was 10 pieces of nigiri (two of maguro, two half-pieces of tamago, a couple each of tai and sake, the latter with thin lemon slices, a piece of ika garnished with black caviar, and a piece of hamachi), plus a tekka roll. The pieces were fresh and generous, and I was surprisingly full afterward, which I regretted because I wanted to try some of the other items on the menu, which features Thai and Vietnamese dishes as well as sushi.
Jay called the waiter over and got the Pad See Yu ($6.95), which again was a generous portion, particularly considering the price. I'd wanted to order the Kung Po Spaghetti ($8), as I'm very fond of Asian spaghetti dishes. I'll have to try that at some point.
Overall, the "fusion" here doesn't appear to be reflected in the dishes themselves, but instead in what dishes appear on the menu. It's an eclectic but quirky mix, including things like Bo Xao Xa (beef with lemongrass and chili sauce) and Kratieum Prik (garlic shrimp), as well as the sushi menu) and I suspect it reflects more what the chef wants to make than any underlying theme. Nonetheless, Faan does appear to provide pretty good value for money given its location, with most entrees in the $7.95 to $9.50 range. $5 lunch specials are also available.