Pig & Khao: You Gotta Try Those Lamb Ribs!

Pig & Khao on Clinton Street.

Clinton Street’s newest restaurant, Pig & Khao, has been getting lots of positive buzz lately. Just today the Village Voice published an entertaining q & a with the restaurant’s general manager, Mike Miloscia, who advises that good service comes to those who make an effort “not to be a dick.” He goes on to espouse the value of earning respect in a new neighborhood and making an effort to be nice to the locals.

Speaking of locals, neighborhood foodie Mitch Weinstein paid a visit to Pig and Khao recently. Here’s what he had to say about the the Southeast Asian newbie:

Top-Chef Alum Headed For Clinton Street

Leah Cohen.

“Top Chef” alum Leah Cohen is coming to the Lower East Side. According to a liquor license application filed with Community Board 3, she and Rick Camac (of the Fatty Crab empire) plan to take over Italian restaurant Falai’s space at 68 Clinton.

As you may recall, Iacopo Falai shuttered his 8-year old restaurant, saying that Clinton Street was not as hospitable to fine dining as it might have been a few years ago.

Last year, Cohen told Zagat she planned to name her new spot “Pig and Khao. It’ll be a Southeast Asian spot. Cohen tested out the menu last year at LTO, the pop-up on East Broadway, after a stint in the kitchens of several restaurants in Asia.

Cohen and Camac are going for a beer and wine license only. It should be noted the restaurant will be located in an area in which the community board tries to limit new licenses. But since Falai had a license, the precedent is already set.

CB3’s liquor licensing panel meets Monday, April 16th, at 6:30 p.m., at the JASA/Green building, 200 East 5th Street.


Falai Closes; “Changed Neighborhood” Cited

Image via Eater.

For a few months now, there’s been speculation about what’s happening at Falai, the high-end Italian restaurant at 68 Clinton Street. This morning Grub Street noticed an ominous message on Falai’s web site, indicating that the business was “temporarily closed due to technical difficulties.”

Now there’s more information from Florence Fabricant of the New York Times. A short time ago, Iacopo Falai told her the 7-year old restaurant has closed for good. “I want to concentrate on the cafe on Lafayette and be in the kitchen more, I want to cook,” Mr. Falai told Flo-Fab. “The Lower East Side neighborhood has changed, I think it might be less fashionable, I don’t see as many customers coming from the Upper East Side,” he added.

The Times was told Falai Panetteria at 79 Clinton Street will remain open. Online real estate listings, however, suggest changes may be in store at this location, as well. The 600 square foot space is being offered for lease ($6300/month plus key money).  There have been suggestions that Falai Panetteria would move into a larger space in the same building (the former home of the Lucky variety store that closed last year).