Tribeca’s hottest new restaurant feels very much of the neighborhood – it has the brick walls, wooden floors, and spare chicness of many eateries below Canal Street – yet you know things are different when you sit down and the waiter presents not bread, but a straw basket of sticky rice with several sauces. Welcome to Khe-Yo, a Laotian-themed restaurant from chef-restaurateur (and Iron Chef) Marc Forgione, who teamed with longtime collaborator Phet Schwader, a Laos native, for his latest project.


Because of the emphasis on using seasonal vegetables, the menu will change throughout the year. The team will introduce a takeout counter dubbed Khe-Yosk shortly, where on-the-go Tribeca diners will find menu items like banh mi (Vietnamese-style sandwiches served on baguette bread) to go. For now, we’d recommend getting to Khe-Yo for dinner before word travels beyond the city’s Asian-food obsessed, and a table here becomes a hotter commodity than Khe-Yo’s house chili sauce.


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