I love that Asian food is finally becoming de-ghettoized here: slipping out of “ethnic” neighborhoods, and losing the expectation that it should always be cheap. That mainstreaming started in Australia a decade ago: In Sydney and Melbourne, Longrain, Red Lantern, and Billy Kwong show you what it looks like to graft Asian cuisines onto a food culture with Euro roots.
That kind of Asian crossover is now definitely a thing in New York City. After a summer all about Mission Chinese Food, Pok Pok Ny, and Phat Thai, Pig and Khao (from the team behind Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue, with Chef Leah Cohen) looks like a worthy follow-up for fall. Take a look at today’s Serious Eats first-look slideshow of dishes at Pig and Khao on the Lower East Side. “[Cohen’s] points of departure,” Serious Eats notes, are Thailand and the Philippines, though not always via “orthodox interpretations.” Fine with me, as long as the spirit of orthodoxy has survived. Alice Gao’s lovely photos suggest that it has.
Pig and Khao photo by Alice Gao / Serious Eats