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.


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



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



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.


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.



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



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.)



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.)



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



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.



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!


Categories: NYC & Travel, Rants and Raves

Tags: , , , , , , , ,

4 replies

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

  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!

Have something to say?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: