Pass by the broth-craving hordes waiting outside culty East Village ramen joint Setagaya, and discover the charms of its sleek, swank roommate, a Malaysian eatery. Wooden walls sprout coiled loops of rope in a dim interior where diners use tiny flashlights to negotiate the menu: We savored chicken wings wrapped in screw-pine leaves and then fried, and Samui prawns laced with Thai chilies. Our Malaysian dining companion waxed nostalgic over soupy coconut pudding with tapioca and tiny chunks of sweet potato.
|Venue name:||Oriental Spoon|
141 First Ave
|Cross street:||between St. Marks Pl and E 9th St|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Wed, Sun 5pm–1am; Thu–Sat 5pm–2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Third Ave; 6 to Astor Pl|
|Price:||Average main course: $12. AmEx, Disc, MC, V|