Mon-Fri, 11:30am-11pm; Sat-Sun, 11:30am-midnight
6 at Astor Pl.
Pariya Chayasakulviwat met chef Pornthep Jarumpornsakul while both were working at Park Slope's Rice Thai Kitchen, and since then, the two have gone on to open EM Thai Kitchen in Carroll Gardens. They’re also partners in the tiny Kensington takeout joint AM Thai Chili Basil Kitchen, where Jarumpornsakul’s wife, Num, has earned a devoted following with her own cooking. Their first Manhattan venture is the comparatively glitzy Bodhi Tree in the East Village. The menu covers territory both familiar (satays, tom kha) and less so, listing such intriguing dishes as sauteed garlic and Asian chives wrapped in a steamed-rice-noodle skin, fettuccine with Thai-dill-cabbage sauce, and grilled honey pork with white beans and tofu in Thai-five-spice-cinnamon brown sauce.