One of the many things we love about New York is that it’s constantly switching up its food offerings. Whatever season it is, we can always expect a slew of new restaurants to open, serving up exotic fare and New Age cocktails in expertly designed interiors. This fall, we had our eyes on The Library bar at The Public Theater and Southeast Asian joint Pig and Khao. We scoped out both this week (and even listed a few soon-to-open places below that are on our radar):
The Library at The Public
This old-style cocktail lounge is nested on the mezzanine level of The Public Theater, replete with long wooden tables, cozy sofas, and shelved books (the bar is named after the building’s former use as a library). Chef Michael Oliver and Andrew Carmellini (Locanda Verde) join forces on a “Curtain Call Menu”—served after midnight—with bar snacks and shareable apps like kale salad and fennel-glazed ribs. The Library seems more focused on drinks than food though—its impressive cocktail list includes uniquely named drinks made from all kinds of ingredients (we had the Jersey Lightning Sling with Laird’s Applejack, lemon, house orgeat, angostura and club soda). The bar is billed to be a meeting place for theatergoers pre- and post-show, but we have a feeling it will become a scene for the downtown set as well.
The Library at The Public is located in the mezzanine of The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street at Astor Place.
Pig and Khao
Top Chef contestant Leah Cohen and the guys behind Fatty Crab and Fatty ‘Cue bring Thai and Filipino fusion to the heart of the Lower East Side with Pig and Khao. The menu includes small plates like the Green Mango Salad (charred chicken, lemongrass, mint, coriander, cashew, dried shrimp) and larger ones like the Crispy Pata (pork leg, pickled green mango, dipping sauces)—all designed to be shared. Pig and Khao’s interior features photos from Cohen’s travels in Asia, bamboo designs, and a prominently displayed hand-carved Filipino bicycle. Industrial elements like exposed brick and copper ceilings give the interior a rustic, downtown feel. And if the inside isn’t tempting you to run downtown, there’s an outdoor garden in the back that serves seasonal beer from a bottomless tap for $15 a cup. Move fast—Pig and Khao doesn’t accept reservations.
Pig and Khao is located at 68 Clinton Street between Stanton Street and Rivington Street.
We also have our eyes on The Butterfly, Michael White’s (Marea, Al Fiori, Osteria Morini) new cocktail bar/supper club combo offering traditional American classics (think: burgers, steak, chicken) and weekday supper specials like prime rib and fish fry (225 West Broadway at Franklin Street). Toro Blanco, Josh McDonald (Lure Fishbar) and Josh Prickard’s new West Village Mexican joint, plans to offer a seafood menu of ceviche and tacos, a guacamole bar (yes, you heard us right), and lots of tequila (10 Downing Street at Sixth Avenue). And everyone seems to be waiting with baited breath for the imminent reopening of The Beatrice Inn, Graydon Carter’s new venture and the former stomping grounds of Kate Moss and The Olsens. Judging by the star-studded crowd that attended the private opening the other night (Georgina Chapman, L.A. Reid, and Irina Shayk), this incarnation promises to be no less of a scene (285 W. 12th Street near West 4th Street).