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Dining Tidbits

Magic oven, fusion, new, and budget beat

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BUDGET BEAT
Chant
As Chant readied to open last fall, first alerts from people who had peered through the windows reported that the place looked, you know, designed. On a street where do-it-yourself décor is the rule, not the exception, this surprised many Hyde Parkers. And indeed, the spiffy contemporary Asian spot is cute as a button, from the light fixture that resembles a giant bamboo steamer to the advice from Buddha (re anger and its consequences) painted on the back wall. Chant has the same owners as Noodles Etc., on 57th Street, but not the same menu. Just-fried won ton chips and roasted red pepper salsa are nice with a beer or cocktail to start. Follow with a pretty plateful of asparagus rolls with crunchy flash-baked panko crumbs on their outer edges. Velvety pumpkin coconut soup is one of many effective vegan offerings; we also liked the salad of crisp slices of Asian pear with watercress, especially that touch of anise in the dressing. We hardly needed more, but we couldn’t resist the curried Singapore noodles and finished, happily, with a pot of green tea. 1509 E. 53rd St.; 773-324-1999. –Joanne Trestrail 

Photography: Tyllie Barbosa Food Styling: Christina Zerkis

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