20 NYC Restaurants With Dreamy Secret Garden Patios
New Yorkers flock to Wayla for its menu of homestyle Thai food by chef Tom Naumsuwan, but the secret garden out back is a reason to visit all on its own. Decorated with bamboo furniture and colorful textiles on rugs and pillows, the verdant backyard transports guests away from the Lower East Side for a few hours while enjoying dinner or weekend brunch.
The 14 Best Thai Restaurants in NYC
Wayla is all about homestyle Thai food in an atmospheric setting. Here, the restaurant’s basement-level seating is moody in a romantic way, with private booths on the sidewalk for some seclusion and an outdoor backyard garden perfect for spring dinners and summer brunches. With the kitchen helmed by Bangkok native, executive chef Tom Naumsuwan, dishes can range from the very traditional (moo sarong is considered to be an ancient recipe passed down through generations), to the adaptive (pad kra pow with brussel sprouts aren’t common in Thailand, yet this version is worthy of your attention). Pair it with signature cocktails infused with Thai flavors like pandan and tamarind.