|Eatís Khao Man Gai|
Cuisine: Hainan , Chinese , Thai
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The simplicity of chicken and rice proves simply powerful at Eat’s Khao Man Gai in the East Village. The street food originated in China’s Hainan Province before gaining popularity in Thailand. This is the only restaurant in New York City dedicated solely to Khao Man Gai, tender slices of boneless chicken piled atop a bed of herbed rice. It’s quite good. Three sauces served table-side take the dish in any direction you wish, from a fiery red chili sauce to a funky green sauce, and a third packed with ginger. Presented with each meal is a small cup of clear broth that you might be tempted to ignore. Don’t. Instead, swirl your spoon around and it will reveal translucent bits of winter melon hidden beneath a few cilantro leaves. It offers pure satisfaction. The chicken comes in three sizes; quarter, half and whole. This is not a place for large groups. The restaurant only seats about eight guests with additional seating at a small counter. Prices are friendly, as is the staff.
Neighborhood: East Village
Payment: Accepts Credit Cards