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Kampuchea Restaurant

78 Rivington St., New York, NY, 10002
at Allen St.
212-529-3901

Avg. Rating

9
Food: 9
Service: 8
Décor: 8
"Highly Recommended"

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Great restaurant, Poor review

By mrlithe on 1/27/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I went to Kampuchea last night and really enjoyed it. I do have to point out some errors in the review though. First of all, it is not a noodle bar. There was one, maybe two noodle dishes on the menu. Secondly, I'm not sure it's a Cambodian street food place. The food was excellent, but it was very refined cooking. Several small plates as well as main entrees, none of which struck me as street food. Also, the prices were not what I would consider cheap. Small plates are around $10 with entree's around $17. To leave full, I think the average person would typically get a small plate or two and an entree.

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122 out of 240 people found this review helpful.

Esquire top 20 list

By Jasontheivv on 10/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I took my wife and a couple of friends here on the account of the esquires new top 20 restaurant in the country for 2008. The list is by far one of the better and more intrigueing one. On top of our list was Kampuchea, since we've always wanted to go. Dishes we had since it was a group, we decided to share everything. crispy pork belly with scallions and lemongrass jus =inventful, addictive. we ordered more. Baby back ribs with tamarind glazed and a cilantro dip with pickles on the side= out the ball park, I am dreaming about it now as I'm writing. Grilled mackerel... wow. grilled corn with mayo and coconut flakes.. cant get enough. catfish crepe, sandwich tasting, oxtail stew and chicken noodle. Excellent, excellent.

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142 out of 260 people found this review helpful.

Glad to see cambodian food moving ahead

By zeroto255 on 8/23/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

The cooking here doesn't seem to be that similiar to siem reap or phnom peng. But thats the best part. The dishes that we had were definately not typical of cambodian restaurants in Cambodia nor here in the states. Our group of four shared many dishes Ie: tamarind ribs (just one of the best we've ever had) sauteed blue crabs, oxtail stew and sandwich tasting. just to name a few. Impressive, haute cambodian cooking. worth the visit.

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117 out of 241 people found this review helpful.

LES Favorite

By suzb on 8/22/2008

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Kampuchea has become one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. And if you aren’t lucky enough to live around the corner, it’s worth a trip there. The food is consistently so delicious and the vibe is great. Whether I’m with a big group or eating solo at the bar- I probably eat there once a week. I suggest sharing since everything is good- the oxtail stew, ribs, and pork belly are all amazing, but my favorite is the grilled mackerel. Oh, also the grilled corn- smothered in chili mayo and coconut is soo good. I would go try some before its gone with the summer- I’m pretty sure they take it off in the colder months.

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114 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

Delightful addition to the LES

By linrtt on 8/15/2008

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Delightful addition to the LES that's worth the trek from my usual west side stomping grounds. We went there without reservations policy, but turnover is relatively fast given the bar communal type seating. The watermelon juice is delicious and refreshing, especially as a balance to the spicy cuisine. Food wise, ribs are very tender and well flavored. Careful on the salads unless you can handle flaming hot peppers. And finally, you really can't go wrong with their tiger prawns, decked out with a coconut sauce. Only complaint I have was the heat factor -- not well AC'ed and peppers add a bit to your body temp... better down those watermelon juices...

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94 out of 222 people found this review helpful.

tasty, fun, affordable Cambodian

By cstrom on 4/13/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • Yes, I would go back!

we went to Kampuchea with friends who had traveled to Cambodia and we all loved it. the picnic bench & stools seating adds to the cool casual vibe here. the short ribs were amazing, the cambodian soups so tasty, and the cambodian beers were good, but not quite as affordable as the rest of the menu

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112 out of 225 people found this review helpful.

Great place

By food_is_amazing on 3/9/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

I have been to Kampuchea a couple of times, and both times were great. You may not find most of the menu items in Siem Reap or Phnom Penh, but who cares?--the food tastes good, and there was hardly a wait, even on a Saturday night.

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