The Feed first look: Silk Rd Tavern

A Buddakan alum dishes out eclectic Asian plates in Chelsea

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  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Veal breast man tao at Silk Rd Tavern

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Bigeye tuna tartar at Silk Rd Tavern

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Pekin-style chicken wings at Silk Rd Tavern

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Coconut curry mussels at Silk Rd Tavern

  • Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

    Silk Rd Tavern

Photograph: Caroline Voagen Nelson

Veal breast man tao at Silk Rd Tavern

Chinese-American restaurateur Andrew Lee pays homage to his multicultural childhood and recent travels through Asia with Silk Rd Tavern, a 70-seat Chelsea eatery, named after the famed spice-trade route. He teamed up with Philippines-born chef Leo Forneas—who cut his teeth at nouveau Asian kitchens including Jean-Georges Vongerichten's 66, Buddakan and Philly's Sampan—for the East-meets-West canteen. Forneas dishes out refined Asian classics (shrimp toast made with a miso-butter-slathered baguette, and a seafood salad of shrimp, chinese celery and chili paste); Far East riffs on American comfort food (mac and cheese that swaps the pasta for Korean rice cakes); and mash-up creations (Singapore-inspired chili crab potpie with pickled cucumber). Handblown glass chandeliers, a granite-topped bar and bleached walnut wood paneling decorate the space, which will open on May 31. 46 W 22nd St between Fifth and Sixth Aves (212-989-7889)

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