Wau, From the Laut Chef, opens on the Upper West Side


The Upper West Side has just received a significant addition to its dining options. This latest project from Chef Salil Mehta is primarily aimed at Southeast Asia and features dishes that are often inspired by street food. (Food from India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand can be found on the menu.) Mr. Mehta, who is Indian and also owns Laut and Laut Singapura downtown, says he was drawn to the flavors of the region for a long time. He calls the kitchen in Wau “kampung”, the Malaysian term for village, which means modest and homely. Much of the food is served family style. Starters include chicken satays, Thai tom kha clams in coconut broth, grill ribs, and hearty donuts with chicken and prawns in a panko crust. There are various curries and noodle dishes such as Singaporean hawker-style noodles and curry laksa, as well as rice preparations such as Indonesian nasi goreng and Hainanese chicken rice from Singapore. Tropical fruits power many of the drinks, like the old-fashioned banana leaf from Colin Stevens, the restaurant’s drinks director. It’s a compact space with 45 seats and a bar for 10, all with vintage latticework and colorful upholstery. An enclosed sidewalk area with 65 spots is lined with twinkling lights and tiny Malaysian lunar kites called “Wau”, the inspiration for the name.

434 Amsterdam Avenue, 917-261-5926, waunyc.com.

Pino Luongo has relocated his SoHo restaurant Coco Pazzo to the former Giorgione on Hudson Square, a room that he has taken over for one of his Coco Pazzerias. Mr. Luongo said he wanted a bigger restaurant with a private dining area, which the new location offers. The menu will combine Coco Pazzo dishes with some popular Coco Pazzeria products. The Coco Pazzeria in Midtown East remains in business.

307 Spring Street (Greenwich Street), 646-850-1003, cocopazzonyc.com.

Francis Staub, who founded the French cookware company Staub, was one of the original partners of Le Coq Rico on East 20th Street in Manhattan with the chef Antoine Westermann. (Mr. Westermann owns Le Coq Rico in Paris.) The chef retired from direct involvement with the New York restaurant two years ago, and while he’s still a partner, it’s Mr. Staub who runs the show. After a pandemic break, Mr Staub turned it into this French rotisserie restaurant, where poultry, beef, pork and vegetables are polished on vertical and horizontal skewers. The restaurant consists of two rooms, each with a bar, which meet in a rear dining room. In addition to the rotisserie items, the star of which is the Sasso chicken, served with various sauces, there are starters such as foie gras terrine, duck crackling salad and Oeufs mimosa. A sampler menu is $ 22 for lunch and $ 42 for dinner.

30 East 20th Street, 212-267-7426, larotisserienyc.com.

The tarot card, symbolizing celebrations and festivities, comes to life in this new SoHo restaurant, where dinner options include festa boards for tables for up to six. The boards are loaded with items such as salmon, homemade sausage, vegetarian meatloaf made from vegetables and roast chicken, as well as salads, grains and vegetables to share. Michael Polesny is the owner of the restaurant, which is open from breakfast to dinner, and Santo Vicenzino, a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, is the chef and co-owner. Rachel Lauginiger, the consultant cook at Marlow and Daughters, worked with Mr. Polesny and Mr. Vicenzino on the menu. A liquor license is pending; The restaurant has nothing to do with the pizzeria of the same name in the East Village.

150 Sullivan Street (West Houston Street), 646-649-4221, Threeofcupssoho.com.


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