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The gist: The Tyger is a Southeast Asian-inspired spot and the sophomore restaurant from owners Eddy Buckingham and Jeff Lam of Chinese Tuxedo and the cocktail bar, Peachy’s. Here, Buckingham and Lam once again replicate the distinct downtown stylish experience their projects are known for with a striking 3,000-square-foot dining room lined with yellow banquettes. This sceney spot’s menu helmed by executive chef Paul Donnelly includes influences from his time spent cooking in Southeast Asia early in his career, in addition to stints in Sydney, Australia.
The food: Categorized into sections like raw items, small plates, vegetables, rice & noodles, and seafood & meats, menu highlights include a take on the traditional Vietnamese dish, Banh Xeo, as a crispy turmeric and coconut crepe; Charred Octopus with Thai herbs; Phnom Penh fried chicken with lime and white pepper dressing; a take on Nasi Goreng as crispy squid ink fried rice; Australian Tiger Prawns with turmeric; and Crispy Whole Red Snapper with pineapple hot & sour sauce. For groups of eight or more, a feast menu for $85 per person is also available. Signature cocktails include The Tyger Strype Slushie, a frozen tequila drink with a memorable orange and black aesthetic.