Rice and Spice

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Lower East Side
The menu at the former Big Eat is Chinese-restaurant long, with most items less than $10 and big enough to share. Steamed mussels arrive fresh and plump in a light broth of lemongrass and galangal. Frog legs are crisp and meaty like the best fried chicken, and they’re topped in true Thai manner with a medley of finely chopped raw vegetables. A sweet-spicy sauce adds zing to the grilled sirloin steak. Wine is also a bargain—New Zealand’s Babich sauvignon blanc is just $4 a glass. The big, brightly lit dining room has a little panache: One wall is painted tangerine; the opposite wall has a lime-green panel decorated with Thai writing and four embedded TVs playing the same Thai movie.
Venue name: Rice and Spice
Address: 97 Bowery
New York
Cross street: between Grand and Hester Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: B, D to Grand St; J, M, Z to Bowery
Price: Average main course: $9. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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