Cafe Cambodge, the only Cambodian restaurant in the city, recently opened in the East Village, in the old space occupied by Arcane. Executive chef Eric Meas has been cooking since the tender age of 4, accompanying his mother as she cooked street food. Meas, a refugee from the Khmer Rouge, has cooked in fine dining kitchens including Daniel.
Now, his aspiration is to introduce Cambodian cuisine to New Yorkers. There is a touch of French in the soigné presentation. If you’re not sure where to start, Meas recommends the fragrant dish of pumpkin stuffed tilapia, encased in a banana leaf. The menu also includes braised pork belly served with honey anise sticky rice and a grilled nine-spice hanger steak salad.
111 Avenue C (between Seventh and Eighth streets)