The Upper West Side has just won an important addition to its dining lineup. This latest venture by chef Salil Meta focuses primarily on Southeast Asia and offers street food-inspired food. (Indian, Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean and Thai dishes are included in the menu.) Mehta, an Indian who owns Laut and Laut Singapura downtown, has long been fascinated by the taste of the region. I say I came. He calls cooking in wah the Malaysian village term “kampong”, which means humble and homely. Much of the food is served in a family style. Starters include chicken satay, Thai tom kha kai with coconut broth, barbecue ribs, and delicious donuts with chicken and shrimp on breaded crust. There are various curries and noodle dishes such as Singapore’s hawker style noodles and curry laksa, and rice such as Singapore’s Indonesian nasi goreng and Hainan chicken rice. Tropical fruits drive many of the old-fashioned banana leaf-like drinks by restaurant beverage director Colin Stevens. It’s a compact space with a 45-seat booth and a 10-seat bar, all decorated with vintage lattices and colorful décor. The enclosed pedestrian area with 65 spots is lined with glittering lights and a small Malaysian moon kite called “Wow”, the inspiration for the name.
434 Amsterdam Avenue, 917-261-5926, waunyc.com.
Pino Luongo has moved Soho’s restaurant, Coco Pazzo, to the former Giorgione of Hudson Square. This is the space where he took over one of the Coco Paserias. Luongo said he needed a larger restaurant with a private dining area provided by the new location. The menu combines cocopazzo dishes with popular cocopa zeria items. Coco Pazzeria in Midtown East continues to operate.
307 Spring Street (Greenwich Street), 646-850-1003, cocopazzonyc.com.
Francis Staub, the founder of the French cookware company Staub, was the first partner of Le Coq Rico on East 20th Street in Manhattan and chef Antoine Westermann. (Mr. Westerman owns Le Coq Sportif in Paris.) The chef withdrew his direct connection with a restaurant in New York two years ago. He is still a partner, but the show is run by Mr. Staub. After the pandemic pause, Staub turned it into this French rotisserie restaurant. There, chicken, beef, pork and vegetables are polished with vertical and horizontal brims. The restaurant consists of two rooms, each with a bar and a confluence in the rear dining room. In addition to rotisserie items featuring Sasso chicken, there are also appetizers such as foie gras terrine, duck crackling salad, and deviled egg. The sampler menu is $ 22 for lunch and $ 42 for dinner.
30 East 20th Street, 212-267-7426, larotisserienyc.com.
The tarot card, which symbolizes delight and feast, comes to life at this new Soho restaurant. Dinner options include a Festa board for tables of up to 6 people. The board shares items such as salmon, homemade bratwurst, vegetarian meatloaf made from vegetables, rotisserie chicken, as well as salads, grains and vegetables. Michael Polesny is the owner of the restaurant and is open from breakfast to dinner. Santo Vicenzino, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, is a chef and co-owner. Rachel Lauginiger, a consulting chef at Marlow and Daughters, collaborated with Polesny and Vicenzino on the menu. Liquor sales license is pending. The restaurant has nothing to do with the pizzeria of the same name in East Village.
150 Sullivan Street (West Huston Street), 646-649-4221, threeofcupssoho.com.