Rivers and Hills Hospitality Group, the team behind New York’s successful restaurants Wayla (which is also present at Time Out Market in New York in Brooklyn) and Kimika (a die best new openings of 2020) will open its final destination in Manhattan tonight, Tuesday, May 3.
Wayla’s talented executive chef, Tom Naumsuwan, is also at the helm here at wan wan, inspired by the old restaurants of Phuket. Naumsuwan, born in Bangkok, will prepare regional Thai dishes that are less commercially available in New York. The opening menu includes taw hu tod, which combines crispy soft tofu with peanut sauce, moo hong, which flavors marinated and braised ribs with ginger and garlic, hor mok crab cakes and a long list of noodle dishes. A liquor license is pending.
Wan Wan’s sleek and somewhat homey space has exposed brick walls, sepia checkerboard floors, lots of natural light through floor-to-ceiling windows, and colorful textiles like deep millennial pink that cover the banquettes and plush cushions and a green curtain behind a row of seats.
Wan Wan is located at 209 Mulberry Street. It is open Sunday to Monday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
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