Chef Ming Tsai's nimble maneuvers in the kitchen have caught the nation's eye via a public TV cooking program, Simply Ming, and his five cookbooks. Plan ahead to savor jazzed-up plates of Western-meets-Asian cuisine, including his signature buttery sake-miso marinated sablefish. On evenings and Saturday the no reservations set can drop into the lounge for the chef's Ming's Bings (think slider meets potsticker) and Asian tapas. Weekday lunches include super-fresh
salads, hearty sandwiches, and kid-friendly dishes. Some say the prices do not match the food, which can range from spot-on to less than carefully prepared.