Culture Is Meant To Be Shared.
The Monkey King was created out of a desire to pay homage to family traditions & food memories of growing up as children of immigrants in NYC. As a contemporary Asian American restaurant, The Monkey King celebrates & brings flavors from all parts of Asia to life, giving a nod to the past while looking into the future through a New York City lens. As part of the "third culture," our goal is to evoke a sense of nostalgia for our guests, of having eaten something familiar but, at the same time - different.
The Monkey King represents generations of families forced to conform to a rigid & arbitrary system in America. Through this project & our journey in understanding how society views us, we have finally started to resonate with the generations before us & the indirect responsibility we feel we now hold. It is not our intention to be the voice for our generation but to contribute to and amplify our generation's voice.