Pig & Khao

Pig and Khao NYC

Photo by Pig & Khao

Address: 368 Clinton St. (Stanton & Rivington St.)

Link: http://pigandkhao.com/

Review: A relative new comer to the LES, we were itching to try out Pig and Khao with all of the great reviews it’s been getting. On our walk over from the 6 train we had high hopes for this meal and we weren’t let down.  Once we all arrived and sat at our table with a view of the open kitchen we were informed that there was a tasting menu available for the whole table. Both pairs of our double date went for that option without hesitation. An amuse bouche of tasty/salty sauce and a quail egg, and some beers for the guys and cocktails for the ladies (which could’ve been a bit boozier) was a good start.  The rest of the meal was a mix of salty and spicy that delighted the senses. Fried oysters, more quail egg, and some parts of the pig we wouldn’t have normally touched with some one else’s fork turned out to be absolutely fantastic.  While everything was delicious, the two highlights of the night were the sizzling sisig – an upscale version of corned beef hash, and the lamb ribs – tender bits of lamp perfectly spiced and fall-off-the-bone-delicious.  All in, the food and service were top notch, though the decor and bar left a little something to be desired. It is certainly on the list for off the beaten path spicy eats.  While Pig & Khao seems like a strange mix of different elements – almost take-out like decor, a self-service keg in the back garden, yet top notch food that you’d expect from an upscale restaurant, it all somehow works.

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Nobu Next Door

Photo by Nobu Next Door

Address: 105 Hudson St. (Franklin St. & Moore St.)

Link: http://www.rohmnyc.com/

Review: We ventured over to Nobu next door for Restaurant Week and were pretty disappointed.  The dishes were tiny and the service was rushed.  The food was good and really tasty, but not a good value.  The boyfriend has been to the real Nobu and was blown away, but Next Door was extremely dissatisfying in comparison.  The dishes were truly just samples of what they had to offer, not a real dinner.  Nobu Next Door is most likely better non-Restaurant Week, but this experience doesn’t make us want to return.  It seemed like they were really just churning people through.  All in all we were not impressed.

Stand4

Photo by Charles H.

Address: 24 W. 12th St. (5th Ave. & University Pl.)

Link:  http://www.standburger.com/

Review: In the mood for some burgers and milkshakes? If you don’t want to wait on the crazy lines at Shake Shack and want some more variety when it comes to your burger toppings then head to Stand4 in Greenwich Village.  You can create your own burger or choose from one of the 14 pre-made options.  The milkshakes are fantastic, and the best part is, they have boozy options too!  You can also catch the game on their big screen tv and they have some good craft beers on tap if you’re not in the mood for a boozy milkshake (but why would’t you be?) Stand4 is definitely a fun date spot if you’re not calorie counting.