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Food Envy: Fish Cheeks' Crab Curry

We’ve been eating a lot of food at Time Out Market New York, and now we’re dishing on some of our favorite plates

By Emma Orlow

Welcome to Food Envy, where we’ll highlight different dishes from Time Out Market New York that we think you’re going to love—partly because we do. This week, the crab curry at Fish Cheeks steals our hearts (and stomachs).

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Fish Cheeksthe Bond Street Thai restaurant with primary color chairs and lamps that look like woven fish scales—is by far one of New York’s better seafood restaurants. Joining the Time Out Market’s New York location opening, they’ve pared down their menu, but whittled it down to a handful of excellent dishes like its version of dressed oysters and fried chicken wings with chili, lime and mint. But Fish Cheeks’ crab curry is what I keep coming back to. 

I deeply believe it is the biggest sleeper hit of the market, and I do not say that lightly. As a plated dish, it is honestly not that aesthetically pleasing, but it is a must-try. 

Served in a shallow and wide-rimmed bowl, unctuous and expertly-cooked crab gets placed in a well-spiced bath of coconut milk curry, the color of a deep tan. The result is a spicy-yet-silky dish that is close to perfect. It's so rich that I’d like to dip into it at the spa or lather it over myself like sunscreen.


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