Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 11/18/2015
Chomp Chomp. Photo: Thomas Dang
7 Cornelia St., 212-929-2888, West Village, Manhattan
Enlivening sweet little Cornelia Street is a rollicking, Southeast Asian eatery called Chomp Chomp. Executive chef-owner Simpson Wong, a Malaysian native, named it for a market of food stalls in Singapore. He can advertise his cooking as simple street food all he likes, but his and head chef Thai Nguyen's dishes are labor intensive and employ a wide number of spices and ingredients. Roti stuffed with minced beef and egg is divided into four browned, compact wedges, to be dunked in lip-numbing vegetable curry. Head-on prawns crusted in cereal and curry leaves and an oyster omelet with garlic chives are also stimulating. Deeply flavored stir-fries, rice and noodle concoctions round out the menu. Reservations are not accepted, so arrive before 7pm if you're not fond of lines. Lunch and brunch are coming soon.