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
Cash Only
12 Wines By The Glass ($8-$11). Bottles From $35. Cocktails: $11


Chef-Owner Ratha Chau of KAMPUCHEA RESTAURANTRatha Chau Whites

Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater.

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.

. PEI Mussels

Succulent P.E.I. Mussels

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SIDE DISH:Opinionated About Dining Survey

Opinionated About Dining Announces Rating Reward Program

Opinionated About Dining Survey (www.opinionatedabout.com), an online dining survey launched earlier this year, has announced a new rewards program beginning in November through which survey participants can earn discount coupons and gift certificates to high-end specialty food and beverage retailers.

Survey participants will accrue reviewing points based on the number of restaurants they are able to rate and critique. The points will be redeemable for gift certificates and discounts to Bryan’s Fine Foods, Casa Oliver, Chamber Street Wines, Chefshop.com, Farm2Farm Market, Grateful Palate, Hudson Valley Foie Gras, Jeni’s Ice Cream, Kitchen Arts & Letters, Murray’s Cheese, Russ & Daughters and Terroir Select Coffees.

Opinionated About Dining was initiated as a food discussion forum in March 2003 by music and entertainment industry veteran Steve Plotnicki, an avid restaurant-goer and international traveler, for whom dining out a serious hobby – serious enough to focus on turning it into a new business venture. In addition to overseeing the Opinionated About Dining Survey, Plotnicki writes a restaurant blog widely read by fine dining aficionados under the same name, www.oad.typad.com.

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