A few weeks back, we introduced you to Top Chef alum Leah Cohen’s just-about-to-open Pig and Khao, where she's serving the Thai/Filipino she grew up with, but totally sexed up, i.e. coloring it badd in a good way. Now that the doors are thrown open, in the spirit of gnarly chicks literally cracking skulls, here are 5 great reasons to get yourself over there:
1. The Name Was Born from Beer: Late one night at her pad, Cohen and her brother managed to stop arguing over who the favorite child is, broke out a round, and came up with the resto’s clever name (khao means “rice” in Thai -- its bovine homonym isn’t even on the menu).
2. There’s In-House Butchery: To prepare Sizzling Sisig (pork head, liver, chili + whole egg), the staff convenes on Sunday nights for a “Pig Party,” where they precisely prepare the week's head & brains, which probably go well with a nice Chianti.
3. Because You Can Dip it Low: The Crispy Pata (pork leg + pickled green mango) comes with a plethora of dipping sauces, including an ancient Thai/Filipino family recipe that comes by way of a truly exotic locale (Scarsdale!).
4. Grilled Curry Lamb Ribs: This meat falls off the bone onto a heavenly arrangement of yogurt, pickled beets, and whole-wheat chapatti. It’s a cha-party in your mouth.
5. Jazzy Vintage T-Shirts: The eatery’s open kitchen mixed with the staff's funky vintage tees makes for vibes so welcoming that you'll actually want to "kiss the chef," and not because her apron commands you to (Cohen is extremely anti-apron).
Oh, and another thing -- she’s a huge fan of a certain NY shortstop. In fact, in her words: “He can have anything he wants.” Clearly, Cohen is a badd girl.