Khe-Yo is a critically-acclaimed Laotian restaurant in the heart of Tribeca. Its aesthetics charm from an old, rustic street sign out front to a dining room distinguished by modern, wood and steel chairs, exposed brick and eastern-inspired murals. Interior design isn’t the only place where aesthetics shine at Khe-Yo, they’re also known for serving some of the most visually artful dishes in town.
Khe-Yo is one of many renowned restaurants in Tribeca. Located on Duane Street between West Broadway and Hudson, it’s located less than 500ft from our hotel’s lobby way. An extremely convenient and worthwhile dining option for guests, it’s also within walking distance of local attractions like the Freedom tower and a vibrant scene at the South Street Seaport.
What to Try
When sitting down for dinner at Khe-Yo, the wait staff drops off a short menu split up by small and large plates. Beginning on the smaller side, there are a couple things all first-timers need to try. The Creekstone Farms sesame beef jerky will change your perspective of the cured-meat dish normally reserved for gas stations, elevating the concept with smoked chili sauce and pickled radish. Khe-Yo also does one of the best papaya salads in Manhattan, serving it with Green Market cabbage and pumpkin seeds.
Moving to the larger dishes at Khe-Yo, you can honestly walk away satisfied from ordering any of the six main options. If forced to choose, we’d have to first suggest the wok-seared lobster and noodles served in a spicy pad-see-ew sauce with yu choy and Thai basil. Another knock-out choice is the banana-wrapped red snapper with crispy baby artichokes.
Closing out your meal Khe-Yo, there are plenty of sakes and cocktails to consider. For something sweet and refreshing, try the Green Market plum and ginseng concoction simply known as “Lao Lao.”