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Khe-Yo Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.Khe-Yo.com
  • Email: info@gmail.com
  • Phone: (212) 587-1089
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 5:30PM - 10:30PM
    Thursday - Saturday: 5:30PM - 11PM
    Sunday: 5:30PM - 9:30PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Southeast Asian
  • Executive Chef: Soulayphet Schwader
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: The (Khe-Yo) dining room is available to be reserved for private events. Please contact us for more information.
  • Private Party Contact: Rue Rusike (212) 578-1089

Getting there

  • Cross Street: West Broadway
  • Public Transit: A & C trains to Chambers St., or 1, 2 & 3 trains to Chambers St.
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Khe-Yo
At (Khe-Yo), Executive Chef Soulayphet Schwader has partnered with Marc Forgione to bring Laotian-inspired Southeast Asian cuisine to TriBeCa in a warm, comfortable setting. Showcasing the best ingredients through Laotian techniques and flavors, the menu is designed for sharing and encourages guests to explore and taste a wide variety of dishes. Each wine on our concise, all-French list is available by the glass in addition to sake, beer and signature Southeast Asian-inspired specialty cocktails.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "I just love this place. I first visited in September and my most recent visit was on 4/12/14. Somehow, I enjoyed it even more this time around. We had: nam khao, the laap dip, laap pa, thum mak houng, sien-haeng, sai ua moo, and the notorious pig face. I could go on for days but I'll just say that everything was great. My favorites were the laap dip and the pig face. Least favorite was probably the nam khao, only because it was a tad too sweet. The condiments and sauces that accompanied the dishes really elevated everything. If you're adventurous, ask for the pa-dak (fermented fish sauce). Also, the magnum bottle of Rose we ordered was great for washing down all the spicy food. Plus, it was $65 for 1.5L lol."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "The food in Khe-yo is very unique and delicious. We tried the steak tartar with bone marrow, quail, and the Branzino, and the beef jerky. Everything was fantastic. Service was very good as well."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Coconut rice balls were delicious. Hot sauce that comes with the steamed rice was very spicy - and that's a good thing! Grilled branzino was cooked perfectly. Be prepared to eat with your hands as several dishes come with lettuce or rice paper wraps. Crowd was late 20s/early 30s on a Friday night. Going back again soon!"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "The food at Khe-yo is different to say the least. Noting the limited menu online, I was hoping there would be a bunch of specials upon my arrival. Unfortunately, all the specials were pork based (consistent with most of the menu), which me or my family do not eat. However, even with our limited options everyone enjoyed the uniqueness and taste of each thing we ordered. I reccomend the beef jerky and squash salad."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "My friends and I enjoyed some of the most delicious fish and pork dishes. Unfortunately, we could not have a conversation because of the noise level. It didn't help that the restaurant kept increasing the volume of the music. It ruined our dining experience."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Delicious southeast asian food on a wintery winter night? Sold! Everything was GREAT from start to finish and I love coming back because of the rotating menu."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Very friendly staff.Good food but too many things were similar to other things. The banana blossom salad was tops. No kidding, really good."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food is really excellent! Everything was delicious - drinks, appetizers, entrees and specials. We had the special with fiddlehead ferns, a special treat in the spring. Can't recommend highly enough."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "Great place, order everything, sit in the front window if you can. We were delighted."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Walking into the restaurant, and immediately you can smell the fragrance of all the herbs in the air, and the food is absolutely delightful. Each dish, especially the appetizers is simply divine. Even the non-coconut loving wife was sold! The three of us were in food heaven, licking every finger, leaving us speechless."
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "We went there on a Tuesday night. Could not hear my husband the entire night. Mostly young people there and they were all yelling. The tables were packed together very closely. I wonder if that meets the fire department code. Will not return."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "busboy(?) kind of plopped food down w/o an explanation - normally not an issue but just about every dish we ordered required a bit of instruction. a few minutes later, the waiter wandered past to check if we knew how to handle certain items; helpful, but would've been nice to have this concurrent. you get wet napkins at the start of your meal; would have been nice to get them by the end as well. otherwise, pretty flavorful - the sauces in particular are really additive. the spice in the papaya salad builds up, and the warmth of the sticky rice balls kind of surprisingly amplify that heat. altogether a fun if not totally coherent experience."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "Great unique food - Laotian -- lots of flavor, great place to go to try to branch out from typical Asian (Thai or Chinese) food in NYC"
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Delicious food, fantastic service and a great atmosphere - thank you!"
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Went here on a wendesday night as a group of 4. We ordered the pig head special, ribs, noodle soup and fish. Don't be scared off by the name, the pig is a must try. Food, drinks and service were all excellent. Great spot if you are a bit adventurous and want to try something new."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "They get it all right at the place. Particularly the food which is always from the freshest ingredients and exploding with flavor."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Simply lovely food. This is the 3rd time I've been back. I couldn't rate it any higher. Our waitress was fantastic, the food was quick, hot, fresh. The cocktails divine! The sticky rice mmmm so good. Just go, you'd be a real fuss pot not to love this place."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "I loved the mean and the ambiance. Great sake and cocktail menu. The gem of the list is the family recipe cocktail. Foodie dream. Chef Phet is brilliant. Service is superb. Must haves: Beef Jerky (fantastic!! Went soo fast we had to ordered 2!!!) Bang bang sauce Bone marrow (while they still have it) Coconut Rice Ribs I thoroughly enjoyed the adventure Chef Phet took us on. Looking forward to my next culinary trip."
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "A group of four went to this restaurant on a Sunday evening. At first it wasn't so crowded but it got crowded fast. We shared everything and the food was fantastic and flavorful. First time for all of us having laotian food and it was great. Our server was so blah unfortunately. No smile and he appeared so disinterested he shouldn't be a waiter. A bit overpriced for certain dishes, i.e. the pho was $23 but it was delicious. The chicken was overpriced - one baby chicken on a skewer was $20+. Btw the waiter suggested we order the baby chicken even though we ordered the quail. Could have done without the chicken and should have ordered something different. The chef came out and served some dishes which was really great."
    Dined on 2/16/2014
  • "Khe-Yo is truly a gem. Have lived in New York for 23 years and can honestly say this is one of the better restaurants in the city. Flavors unlike anything else. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Fab food, great service. Will be there again. We shared a lot of the mains so we got to try more."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "My guest & I had a scrumptious meal at Khe-Yo. I had read about the chef and the cuisine and was happy that I got a reservation. We had the rice croquettes to begin and then ordered the poussin and the ribs. The ribs were superb and we made mincemeat of them with the coconut rice. We were unable to have dessert as we had gone to Laduree before coming for dinner. Both of us have already told our friends about this restaurant and I cannot wait for the next visit."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "I love southeast Asian food, especially anything with fish sauce. Highlights were the coconut rice wrapped in lettuce leaves, the hot sauce accompanying the complementary rice, and the chili prawns (really succulent, and also with a delectable sauce). We felt a little rushed, though. Our appetizers came out immediately, and the entrees came out before we had finished either the appetizers (which we were sharing, so there was not enough room for all of it at the same time)."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The food is fantastic, each item was more delicious than the next. Only complaint is the wait staff & busboys are too present & aggressive, especially toward the end of the meal. They clearly couldn't wait for us to get out, kept trying to clear plates before we were done with them & even going so far as to essentially grab our signed cc receipts out of our hands before our pens were even down!"
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "If you like spicy, this place holds it's own against almost anywhere. People are cool and the dining experience is fun, hot and delicious."
    Dined on 1/29/2014
  • "Never had Laotian food before but the blend of flavors, spices, and ideas was truly incredible. Looking forward to coming back in the future!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Had dinner for a birthday with 4 - from the first entry all pretty perfect. Some of the food had an interesting kick (spicey, without lingering effects) to it. Everybody loved the evening."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "My group of 16 literally ordered everything off of the menu, somethings we even ordered twice. Although everything was delicious -there were some definite favorites: the steak tartare & roasted bone marrow, the crunchy coconut rice & spicy Sausage, grilled ginger quail and the whole grilled bass with tamarind peanut sauce. Our server was attentive, helpful and incredibly friendly. It is one of the few restaurants in recent memory that has lived up to they hype. Looking forward to going back on a weekend when they have their pig face salad - really wanted to try this dish and since they don't have it during the week, I now have an excellent reason to return very soon (although the crunchy rice is definitelyt reason enough!)."
    Dined on 1/13/2014
  • "The aroma is intoxicating upon entering Khe-Yo. The somewhat casual scene so different with beautiful wood tables on different levels piled with food that one rarely sees in NYC. The entire vibe here is very cool! Great tastes and yes some serious heat in the dishes prevail. You can also nearly avoid the spice with the outstanding ribs on the menu but why do that if you are coming here. This is time to experiment with new flavors and tastes. The Prawns are amazing, complex and flavorful Just wished there was one (okay two) more! Knowledgeable service was outstanding. Menu selection is small and focused on authenticity. Definitely worth a visit to this non-descript location on Duane in TriBeCa."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "I vacationed in Laos and loved it. So coming to this restaurant was a real treat. The food is authentic and very refined. The wait staff is knowledgeable and friendly. Dishes are shared. The sticky rice with dipping sauce was divine - simple and perfect. We sat at the bar to wait for our party to arrive and the bartender was also super knowledgable and attentive. Will come her again as I work nearby, but it is worth traveling to."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We were delighted that khe-yo produced such vibrant, intense flavors, that varied very much from dish to dish. The Kabocha salad and Poussin were both on the chili-acid-tangy side of delicious; the grilled black bass brought a totally different citrusy freshness, and a vanilla coconut orange dessert was also good (though they offer only one dessert option at a time). It's tribeca casual (jeans are fine but still totally appropriate for a date or party)."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "Everything about this place was great. From the service to the food it was perfect. We had out waiter order for us and everything that we ate was delicous, flavorful and original. Would go back in a second."
    Dined on 10/8/2013
  • "Have been searching for an upscale Southeast Asian restaurant for a long time. We used to be a fan of Mai House, but unfortunately they closed and disappeared. Now finally, I have found a restaurant that can take the place of Mai House. Great tasting food, the chilly paste that was served with the beef jerky resembled an Indonesian taste which I grew up with but hadn't tasted ever since I left the country. I can comment on the flavor of each dish, but I'm sure the chef is aware of it himself. I have dined in Fatty Crab, but the flavors resembled a pan asian taste and not authentic. So thank you for providing such an authentic upscale Laos cuisine. Hopefully I will be able to find an upscale Indonesian restaurant in the future."
    Dined on 1/3/2014
  • "First time visit and had a great experience. Food, Service and overall experience was great."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Our guide was very helpful in terms of showing us how to eat the dishes and recommending items on the menu. Food was delicious and fun! Only complaint is that for the type of food, a good Riesling by the glass that pairs with it wasn't available. I'd recommend a Riesling that has a balance between sweet and sour with good acidity. The current Riesling offering is too flat. Noise level could also be slightly toned down as people across the table couldn't hear each other. Thank you very much!!"
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Our group of six was in need of a nice place to dine on Christmas Eve, and I was surprised to discover the Khe-Yo was going to be open. As our 7:30 reservation time drew close, I was informed that our group had now grown to 8. I phoned Khe-Yo immediately to alert them of our expanded party, and they happily accommodated the last-minute extra people. When we arrived, the host could not have been any friendlier, led us to our table and immediately took our drink order…which arrived post-haste! The waiter was extremely knowledgable and explained the dishes perfectly. His recommendations were spot on! The food was delivered family style, so we were all able to share the tasty delights. The entire experience was pure perfection!!!"
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "If you like spicy the food can be pretty good but not the service"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "It's been awhile since I've tasted a new range of flavors and Khe-Yo's dishes deliver the most surprising ones. Crunchy rice, thin coins of sausage, and star anise slices combine in crisp lettuce wraps for a yummy bite; chili prawn and a thick slice of toast are filling and satisfying. One of our friends is allergic to shellfish, so she was warned about the spare ribs -- many of the dishes have oyster sauce in them -- so we ordered the quail--and our party of 5 all got a sample of it, along with the tiny brussel sprouts in the hearty dish. Service was friendly, attentive, and informative--our waiter knew all the spices, and even went so far as to ask the chef about one of the more exotic herbs and where to find it (answer: in Chinatown!)"
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "Our second evening at Khe-Yo confirmed the experience of the first experience. Nice, spicy food, with a lot of variety of tastes ranging from sour to sweet and from slightly task to fiery, served in a very casual place with lots of noise and a young audience. A casual place to have rather unusual dishes served by nice people. A great experience, we will certainly go again."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Great spot. Brought my brother and his wife who were visiting from out of town, so we'd have something more unique than NYC italian or a steakhouse. The food was seriously good. Very unique flavors. The jumbo prawns were outrageous. Couple dishes were a little over the top, like the bone marrow, but still solid."
    Dined on 11/15/2013