LES Bites: Restaurant Amnesty Week, Wylie Dufresne Q&A, Pig & Khao No. 2

LES Bites: Birthdays for Taquitoria and Pig & Khao, Meatball Shop Sitcom, Draft Cocktails

Chef Marc Forgione's chili lobster taquito. Photo via Taquitoria's Facebook page.

Chef Marc Forgione’s chili lobster taquito, now appearing at Taquitoria on Ludlow Street. Photo via Facebook.

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Pig & Khao Celebrates One Year Anniversary Sunday

There’s some drama swirling around Pig & Khao, Leah Cohen’s Clinton Street restaurant. But that’s not stopping her from throwing a big party on Sunday to celebrate one year on the Lower East Side.

Report: Pig & Khao’s Leah Cohen Files Lawsuit Against Co-Owners

It looks like big trouble for Pig & Khao, the year-old Southeast Asian restaurant at 68 Clinton St.

Clinton Street’s Restaurants Rising

Pig & Khao, 68 Clinton Street. Photo by Zandy Mangold.

Editor’s note: The following story first appeared in the March 2013 issue of The Lo-Down’s print magazine.  Since the magazine came out, there’s been more Clinton Street restaurant news. As we reported yesterday, Alias, the creative comfort food spot at 76 Clinton, might be closing after a decade on the LES to make room for a new seafood-centric restaurant from the team behind Wild Edibles.

When 71 Clinton Fresh Food opened with wunderkind chef Wylie Dufresne in 1999, it was widely credited with launching the Lower East Side’s fine dining scene. By the time Dufresne opened his own shop, the wildly successful wd~50, across the street four years later, the blocks of Clinton Street between Delancey and Houston seemed destined to become a hotbed of exciting new cuisine.

While Dufresne racked up award after award, though, the flow of restaurants around his destination dining spot surged and ebbed, never quite reaching critical mass. While Clinton Street Baking Company has drawn rave reviews and long, loyal brunch lines since arriving in 2001, and neighborhood joint Alias has demonstrated staying power, celebrating its 10-year anniversary last year, others that seemed destined for long-term success have come and then gone, most notably Falai and Frankie’s, which both closed in 2012. Countless others have opened to loud fanfare but then burned out quickly, such as Ed’s Lobster Bar.

LES Bites: Mission Chinese, Pig & Khao, Thanksgiving Pies, Perfect Picnic Sandwiches


Union Market opened at the corner of East Houston and Avenue A yesterday.

As the weekend appears on the horizon, here’s a roundup of Lower East Side food and restaurant news.

  • Mission Chinese wins a Restaurant of the Year award. (Eater) Meanwhile, what’s up with chef Danny Bowien’s hair, anyway? (Refinery 29)
  • Clinton Street newcomer Pig & Khao lands on a “Five New NYC Restaurants to Try Now” list. (Fodor’s)
  • It’s time to order your Thanksgiving pies. Panade Puffs & Pastries on Eldridge Street has traditional pumpkin, pecan and apple, as well as banana cream, coconut cream and coconut key lime. If pie isn’t your thing, proprietor Yvette Ho is also offering bread pudding. Prices start at $22 and orders must be in by Monday for Wednesday pickup. Call 646-319-5816 or email info@panade.com.
  • Perfect Picnic, formerly of Clinton Street, opens today in its new spot, a subterranean space at 123 Ludlow St. They still have picnic supplies, but the new focus is on mini-baguette sandwiches. Smoked duck with arugula and sour cherry compote, anyone?  (Thrillist)