My wife and I were in NYC on a gastro tour, and I had found out about this little gem in NYMag. I read about the extensive line ups. The hanging out at bars waiting for the phone call. The sidewalk flowing with waiting patrons. It's not anything like that. We arrived around 7:00 or so, left our name with the hostess, and gave her our phone number. She said it would be an hour or so, but by the time we were able to drown ourselves with one drink (barely a drowning, I'd say), my phone rang, and we headed over.
All I can tell you is you need to go. You need to go, and I need to go back. I will dream of this place. The atmosphere is great -- it's like being in someone's backyard, friendly waitstaff, and it's totally unpretentious. The food is amazing. Like no food I've had in recent memory. The BBQ hen (Kai Yaang) was delicious. Finger licking good. The thin noodle Kung Op Wun Sen was sublimely good. The Kaeng Hung Leh, a northern Thai curry of pork shoulder and pork belly was heart stoppingly good. Sticky rice to go with all.
Fueled with the bourbon from the bar just to the south, it was terrifically fantastic. I'm going to dream about this place.
Oh, and just to give you some perspective, on how good this place is, other NYC boites I've been eating at included some pretty serious restaurants, and I'd go back to this place in a heartbeat.
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