Piggyback is an “Asian inspired” restaurant from the people behind Pig and Khao, and it’s one of the best dining options within walking distance of Penn Station. They serve things like lumpia, lamb rendang, and a big bowl of medai crudo with grapfruit and crispy bits of pork, and - whatever you go with - you should start your meal with a pair of curry puffs. They’re flaky, crispy, and packed with well-seasoned beef. Grab some dinner here before or after a show at the Garden, or stop by for a drink and a snack with a friend. The space has mural-covered walls and a big bar up front, and the soundtrack includes everything from hip hop to disco.
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The Golden Hour
The Golden Hour is the summertime pop-up in the courtyard of the High Line Hotel. It has oysters, tiki drinks, and a vast number of plants.
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Sala is a Thai restaurant on the UWS from the same people behind Up Thai, and if you live nearby, this should be one of your go-to spots.
Khao Nom is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst, and it’s a great place to sit down, eat some quick khao moo dang, and grab a few desserts to-go.
Khao Kang is a counter-service spot in Elmhurst where you can get some of the best Thai food in NYC.
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