Recently Opened Restaurants
by Julie Besonen, 05/22/2013
Photo: Oleg March
7 Spring St., 646-370-6650, NoLIta, Manhattan
Ex–Per Se people making Thai food? That's an instant attention-getter. Owners Matt Danzer and Ann Redding (who has also cooked at Daniel and Jewel Bako) are a married couple who seem to see eye-to-eye in this dark, beguiling spot off the Bowery that's crammed with chowhounds, Asian thrift-shop art, Thai movie posters and artifacts collected from Redding's Thai family (Boon was an actual uncle). A rotisserie roasts chicken to juicy perfection, and it's served with spicy dipping sauces and green mango salad. Pork, baby octopus, prawns and blowfish tails get the charcoal grill treatment. Two can share an incredibly flavorful bowl of Northern Thai–style golden curry with egg noodles, chicken leg, pickled mustard greens and coconut milk, and cool the heat with wine on tap or a slushy beer dispensed from a rotating barrel behind the bar.