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Your Server At This Microscopic Thai Spot Is Probably The Same Person Cooking

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Come early for a table or expect a wait at this microscopic Thai restaurant, where the person serving your food is often the same person cooking it. Lui’s Thai is best known for their hyper-flavorful, melt-in-your-mouth crispy duck, which is also available as a vegetarian option made with tempeh. If you’re into Pad Thai, they do a super authentic version, and their drunken noodles with salmon is also memorable. While you wait, grab a bottle of wine or a 6 pack of craft beer around the corner before your meal—Lui’s is BYOB with no corking fee.

After, head to Bar Goto—a cute, dimly-lit bar that makes great Japanese comfort food—but since you already ate, come for the delightfully simple, Japanese-inspired cocktails. Try the cucumber-melon soda, an alcoholic take on the Japanese fave, made with gin, calpico, and midori. For something less sweet, the Kyoto old-fashioned with rice vodka, gin, matcha, and sencha might hit the spot. With good snacks, high-quality drinks, and friendly service, Bar Goto might become your new favorite cocktail joint.

Lui’s Thai

128 East 4th Street, Manhattan

Bar Goto

245 Eldridge Street, Manhattan

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