Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 10/01/2014
Photo: Noah Fecks
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536 E. 5th St., 646-833-7811, East Village, Manhattan
Is it the hunger for Chinese-inflected American food in the East Village, ecstatic Yelp reviews or the fact that the classically trained chef is an Eleven Madison Park vet that's causing lines out the door at Tuome? Thomas Chen is Chinese American, and people are gaga over his innovative oxtail spring rolls with bone marrow, flash-fried deviled eggs and creamy corn with kaffir lime, curry and crème fraîche. But getting the most over-the-top reviews is the Pig Out (for two), a platter of big, crispy cubes of soft-centered pork served with a bowl of spicy peanut noodles. The 45-seat space is wood detailed and rustic, illuminated by 19th-century light fixtures reclaimed from a Philadelphia milk factory. It's only open for dinner, and reservations are not taken unless you have a party of five or more, so plan accordingly.