If there’s one thing you need to know about Malai, it’s that it will likely surprise you. Tucked into the West Village shopping area in Uptown, it looks a bit unassuming. The patio is sweet, inside it’s often bustling with shoppers stopping in for a midday respite or a post-shopping trip bite before heading home. But don’t underestimate the powerful flavors lurking inside the kitchen at Malai!
I was invited to taste the multi-course “Thai Me Up” Chef’s Tasting Menu last month, which they are switching up, playing with and recreating each month this summer, and believe me, at the price point, it is one of the most worthwhile prix fixe dining experiences you can have in town. Especially if you love trying something new, and particularly if you love Vietnamese and Thai flavors as much as I do.
Pictured to the left is July’s menu, and as there are only a few days left of July, in case you haven’t been paying attention, you’d better get on the phone and make a reservation.