Part of the minichain (or Ho Chi Minh-i chain) that includes Ahn, Cyclo and Nam, O Mai pulls in a stylish Chelsea crowd with its snappy spin on Southeast Asian cuisine. The spicy beef salad combines tender meat with lemongrass, peanuts and vegetables; mint-accented monkfish, served on a sesame rice cracker, has a mild, earthy flavor. Entrées can be disappointing; the chili-lime sauce on the panfried snapper lacked kick, and a side of lemongrass tofu was a bit scorched. Still, cool design and warm service keep this a date-worthy destination.
|Venue name:||O Mai||Contact:|
158 Ninth Ave
|Cross street:||between 19th and 20th Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 5:30–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 5:30–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: C, E to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $14. AmEx, MC, V|