Girl talk at Khe-Yo’s

There’s nothing I love more than catching up with a girlfriend that I haven’t seen in a while over a tasty meal and some cocktails. So I was psyched when, last week, Vivy agreed to try out a brand spankin’ new Laotian-inspired Southeast Asian restaurant in Tribeca.

If you love the flavors of Southeast Asia and are looking for an intimate and warm dining experience then look no further than Khe-Yo (Duane St, between Hudson St. and W. Broadway).

They had me at the bar.

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The exposed brick walls repeat throughout the entire restaurant and lend a cozy and romantic air to the loft-life space.

 

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They have a small but brilliant selection of wines, sakes and beers.

 

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Including this lovely frosty number, which is now my new favorite Lager.

 

After salivating over every item on the menu, Viv and I ordered a bunch of small plates to share and got down to the serious business of girl talk.

 

Some highlights:

(In reference to Viv having recently given a former beau a second chance.)

Viv:   “So yeah, we had a long talk where he basically said that he wanted to show me how serious he was about making this work and he’s been  behaving like a brand new person ever since.”

Me:  “Really? That’s great! Did he explain why he was such a tool the first time around?”

Viv:  “Noooot really. He’s just done a complete one eighty. He’s proactive, makes plans, does what he says he’s going to do. You know, he’s acting like a real boyfriend.”

Me:  “Huh. So you have no idea why the change of heart?”

Viv:  “Nope.”

Me:  “Hm. Okay. Good. Who care’s why, right? As long as you’re feeling good about this.”

Viv:  “Yup. I am. ….He even picked me up from the airport last week.”

Me:  “I’m sorry, what was that?”

Viv: “Yeah. He just offered, out of the blue.”

Me:  “You mean he, like, got a car service to come pick you up and bring you to his place because he wanted to see you right away or something, right?”

Viv:  “No, dude. He picked me up. At Newark. He DROVE to Newark, parked and came to get me inside. You know, to help with the luggage.”

Me: (putting down my drink, reaching across the table and gently placing my hand on top of hers) “Viv, honey, I think he may be dying.”

 

(In reference to the recent Cronut craze.)

Me:  “You know about this right? These people who get up at like four a.m. to stand in line for these things? I mean, are you fucking kidding me? They stand in line for like five hours. What the fuck is that? What a bunch of assholes.”

Viv:  “Totally.”

 

(In reference to reconnecting with a former mutual friend of ours.)

Me:  “You think we should get in touch with C? I’m dying to know what she’s up to.”

Viv:  “No. Uh-uh. That is one big Pandora’s box. You don’t want to open that up again. You have no idea what kind of crazy shit will come flying out.”

Me:  “Good point.”

 

Dinner itself was delicious. Beautiful blend of spices and flavors, and lots and lots of sticky rice to mop it all up.

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You eat this with your hands. Make little rice balls and dip it in the eggplant and spice mixtures. It tastes better that way. Trust me.

 

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Sesame Beef Jerky with Smoked Chili Sauce and Fresh Radish. (Oh yo, oh yo…. this was SO good.)

 

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Rock Cornish Chicken Salad with Romain Hearts and Toasted Rice. (I didn’t love this. It was a bit soppy and didn’t have a ton of flavor.)

 

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Home Style Pork Belly and Shrimp Krispy Rolls with Bib Lettuce, Parilla and Sweet Carrot. (Get this. Now. Go to Khe-Yo right now and order this.)

 

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Lemongrass Berkshire Spareribs with Smashed Long Beans and Heirloom Tomato. (Sticky, sweet, tangy and oh so finger lickin good.)

 

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In trying to order desert we somehow managed to order these Peach Lao Lao’s instead. (Long story.)  After tasting them and making “ew, this is kind of strong, not sure I like it” faces like two three-year-olds we proceeded to down them.

 

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To make up for the misunderstanding, the hostess graciously brought over a little pot of this heavenly rice pudding for each of us. (The only desert the restaurant offers.)

 

Khe-Yo is sure to become a neighborhood favorite. I would absolutely go there again. It’s the kind of place where you can have a great dinner out with a bunch of friends or a romantic dinner with just you and your honey. Check them out and make a resi here.

Happy eating!

xo



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4 replies

  1. Wow, as you had your girl talk, we had a guy talk which means much worse pics. Love the beer.

    http://eatingwithziggy.com/2013/09/14/khe-yo-your-laotian-fix/

  2. Reblogged this on trendbytes and commented:
    Living vicariously through other bloggers…will be in NYC next May, and this restaurant looks like a great option!

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