157 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013
Southeast Asian cuisine is one of the latest food trends in New York City, booming in every neighborhood and borough. With the spicy flavor profiles, refreshing herbs and nutty textures, it’s undeniable that this food is crave-worthy. And Tribeca’s Khe-Yo is everything you could want and more to get your Southeast Asian fix.
Khe-Yo is one of Marc Forgione’s latest restaurants, teaming up with chef partner and Laos native Soulaphet “Phet” Schwader, and it is what you would expect from the Iron Chef’s empire. As you walk in, you’re welcomed with dim lighting and a quaint ambiance. The large elephant mural on the back wall and bamboo tables and chairs transport you directly to Laos. The food is equally exotic and ethnic, with dishes like Goong-Phet (chili prawns), Laap-Dip-Nguah (steak tartare) and Nam-Khao (crunchy coconut rice). Head on, U-10 prawns cooked perfectly, swimming in a spicy tomato broth comprises the mouthwatering chili prawn dish. And if it couldn’t get any better, four slices of toasted bread are served along with the dish to sop up the extra sauce. Make sure to wash your food down with one of Khe-Yo signature cocktails. Lao-lao, whiskey infused with a variety of fruit, is a crowd pleaser and one of Phet’s specialty drinks. Khe-Yo’s service, atmosphere and especially the food will make you come back for more time and time again.