5. Social Eatz
Address: 232 East 53rd St.
If you don't know the difference between Asian-American and American-Asian cuisines, think about it this way: if somebody serves you hamburger, you know it's not Chinese food, even if it's cooked in a bucket of soy sauce. The same cannot be said about dishes such as General Tso's Chicken (Asian-American), which many wrongly think is a Chinese dish despite this Wikipedia gem: “descendants of General Tso...say that they have never heard of such a dish.”
If you're still confused, try the Korean-influenced Bulgogi burger at Social Eatz (American-Asian). According to the menu, the burger's name means “fire meat” in Korean, but it has the look of classic American comfort food...only with an Asian kick of soy sauce, cucumber kimchee, kewpee, and Japanese mayo.
If that isn't a good enough reason to dine at Social Eatz, try this one: the chef, Angelo Sosa, was a Top Chef runner-up.