Dine on Thai Delicacies in a Backyard Garden Before Boozing at a “Flower Shop” on the Lower East Side
Wayla specializes in delicious Thai country cooking and zesty street foods straight from the streets of Bangkok. This peaceful getaway is slightly hidden, with an easy-to-miss door that leads into a basement backyard paradise of plum-sauce wings, coconut curries, juicy pork sausages, and a Thai fried rice that’ll blow all other variations away. On top of their extraordinary grip on Thai favorites, their mixologists are seriously dedicated, with a list of concoctions that includes The Land of Smiles (gran centenario plata, thai chili, tamarind, cucumber, lemon sea salt) and the totally refreshing Sway Wayla (brooklyn gin, butterfly pea blossom, cucumber, lemon, shiso).
The vibes at The Flower Shop are authentically, unapologetically '70s, with a colorful vintage theme that runs through the decor and complements the laid-back ambiance. You’ll find your nightcap in the basement, where there will likely be a crowd in bell bottoms and groovy tees playing a round of pong and gathering around the bright pink fireplace. Toss down a couple of the classics, like a margarita with muddled jalapeños or a vodka martini mixed with cold brew, and that delicious Thai dinner will go down easy.
Basement at 100 Forsyth Street, Manhattan
The Flower Shop
107 Eldridge Street, Manhattan