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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Kurve

87 Second Ave. (E. Fifth St.) Send to Phone
212-260-8018
The electric Kool-Aid acid Thai test in the East Village.
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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Kurve Restaurant Review

: Brace yourself: Kurve is a Pan-Asian restaurant from the future. Nowhere is that more evident than the trippy, fever dream of an interior. Designed by Karim Rashid, it’s part "2001: A Space Odyssey" and part Spice Girls. The cuisine similarly draws from East and West to create an amalgam of unique fare. Take the selections of dim sum: on the traditional side there’s shark’s fin or shrimp and taro root; on the modern, Western-influenced side we have “surf and turf” with Kobe beef and lobster, and the applewood bacon-wrapped tiger shrimp. The menu, heavy with selections of small plates, keeps this theme throughout. Velvety foie gras is seared and smeared with chili paste, crisp rock shrimp tempura arrives with a wasabi-honey mustard dipping sauce, and there’s even a Thai nacho. What’s a Thai nacho? Why, it’s a shrimp chip with minced coconut crème chicken and shrimp. Just like the décor, it’s unlike anything else you’d find in New York. Pichet Ong supplies the desserts, but compared to the Thai nachos and futuristic setting, they seem rather staid.

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