Opened: November 2006
Chef-Owner: Ratha Chau
Web Address: www.KampucheaNYC.com
Address: 78 Rivington Street (Corner of Allen Street)
New York, NY 10002
Phone: (212) 529-3901
Price: (Inexpensive-to-Moderate) $10-$18
Hours: Mon – Tue 5:30 pm – 12:00 am
Wed – Fri 5:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm – 1:00 am
Sun 12:00 pm – 12:00 am
Reservations: Not Accepted
12 Wines By The Glass ($8-$11). Bottles From $35. Cocktails: $11
I Know This Great CAMBODIAN RESTAURANT
Chef-Owner Ratha Chau of KAMPUCHEA RESTAURANT
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Despite its reputation as a world-class restaurant city, New York’s, like London’s real contribution to gastronomy is its variety of affordable small, charming ethnic restaurants. Over the years the trend has continued, although they are not so inexpensive as the old days and some have evolved into hot destination restaurants.
Kampuchea Restaurant is a tribute to Cambodian street food, redefined by Chef-Owner, Ratha Chau. Kampuchea provides a communal dining experience and schoolroom accents (like a notebook-inspired wine and cocktail list), evoking a playful atmosphere. But the food totally serious and there wasn’t one clinker in an elaborate dinner, starting with a sassy Pickle Plate, marvelous Baguettes, brimming with Sweet-Pulled-Oxtail, terrific House Cured Bacon and unique home made Headcheese. While the Ribs are fabulous, the Catfish Crepe is to die for and substantial bowls of Noodle/Soup/Stews, like one boasting Okra, Brisket, Oxtail and Papaya are soul satisfying.
In addition to exceptional service by lovely young women, there is a fine selection of wine, beer and knockout cocktails such as one based on Cachaça, Brown Sugar, Lime and Thai Chili Sauce that is guaranteed to send you home with a warm glow. The beautiful wooden tables were designed by the chef at Kampuchea Restaurant, (78 Rivington Street at Allen), which rates a not to be missed A Major on the Walman Report.
Succulent P.E.I. Mussels