The Feed first look: Aux Epices

Husband-wife team Marc Kaczmarek and Mei Chau (Franklin Station Cafe) dole out homestyle Malaysian fare in Little Italy.

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  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Seafood laksa at Aux Epices

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Spinach chicken at Aux Epices

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Udang panggang at Aux Epices

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Pear tart at Aux Epices

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    The Michael Jackson at Aux Epices

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    Aux Epices

  • Photograph: Krista Schlueter

    Aux Epices

Photograph: Krista Schlueter

Seafood laksa at Aux Epices

Talk about a melting pot—French-Chinese husband-wife team Marc Kaczmarek and Mei Chau are dishing out traditional Malaysian to Little Italy. Chau (born to Chinese parents in Port Dickson, Malaysia) and her Parisian hubby reincarnate the East-meets-West vibe of their beloved Tribeca bistro, Franklin Station Cafe (shuttered in '08), at this bright, narrow restaurant. The teensy open kitchen supplies big portions of Malay homestyle fare, from laksa (spicy Peranakan noodle soup) to lemak (coconut milk rice, the country's national dish). Settle into the cream leather banquette for a spice-laden menu of curries (squid, mussels), turmeric-scented salmon and crispy duck rolls flavored with star anise—fittingly, the restaurant's name means "with spices" in French. The 550-square-foot spot is humbly decorated with old-fashioned tin ceilings, exposed brick and black-and-white tiled floors, with a rotating selection of Kaczmarek's own colorful photography of Manhattan street art. In springtime, the accordion front door opens onto Baxter, ideal for soaking in rays while enjoying the eatery's free Wi-Fi and sipping Malaysian brews (Tiger, Anchor). 121 Baxter St between Canal and Hester Sts (212-274-8585)


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