Uptown, prepare to get a dose of authentic Thai street food: Fast-casual CrushCraft Thai Street Eats will hit the Quadrangle in mid-January courtesy of chef Paul Singhapong and owner/general manager Jack Nuchkasem, a former executive for hospitality heavy-hitters like Omni and Starwood.
CrushCraft's menu will be divided into three sections: "Humble Homey" will encompass "traditional Thai cuisine found prevalent in open markets such as Soi Khaosan, Saphan Khwai, and Chatuchak found in Bangkok", the "Swanky Citizen" category will include Thai menu staples like papaya salad and phat thai, and a "For Chefs" section will feature a monthly rotating selection of chef-driven dishes like sweet pork belly curry.
A bar will offer sake, soju and Southeast Asian beers, as well as locally brewed drafts. The interior was designed by local design and architecture firm Jones Baker and is intended to evoke "a vibrant open-air market" like the ones found in Thailand.
Singhapong recently hosted a few Thai dinners at Malai Kitchen in the West Village, but his resume goes back much further than that: He was the opening executive chef at Cru Wine Bar, executive sous at one-time Crescent Court hot spot Beau Nash, and also spent time at The Mansion on Turtle Creek, The French Room and the Melrose Hotel.
· CrushCraft Thai Street Eats [Official]
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