Khe-Yo

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78 Solid

Laotian cusine comes to TriBeCa.

157 Duane St., New York, NY, 10013

212-587-1089

http://www.kheyo.com/

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The lowdown

I don’t know how many truly trendy restaurants there are in the tiny Southeast Asian country of Laos these days, but Marc Forgione, Nick Bradley, and their chef partner, Soulayphet Schwader, have done their best to create the facsimile of one right here in the big city. The brick walls of this bustling Tribeca establishment are hung here and there with pots of ivy, and the lacquered, carefully distressed tables look like they’ve been lifted from one of the night markets around Bangkok or Louangphrabang. There are exotic, tongue-twisting dishes on the menu with names like ping pa (grilled black bass) and gaeng phet moo (pork-jowl curry), and if you belly up to the bar with the crowds of corporate revelers who frequent the restaurant in the ­evenings, you can addle yourself with hibiscus mimosas and glasses of mezcal touched with litchi juice and sprigs of mint.

Adam Platt

What you need to know

Recommended DishesLaap peht duck salad; crunchy coconut rice; sauteed-mushroom special; rice pudding.

DrinksFull Bar

Noise LevelCivilized