198 Orchard St, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.722327 -73.987776
Neighborhoods: Downtown, Lower East Side
Citysearch Editorial Review – Following the success of his sandwich shop, BaoHaus, Eddie Huang wanted his second restaurant to showcase his interpretation of Taiwanese classics in a larger, sit-down space with a full bar. Although the community board required that he change the original name (CrackHaus) to something more demure, everything else about Xiao Ye is largely as he envisioned. Plates come in three sizes: small (noodles, fries), medium (fried chicken, pork belly) and big (country fried steak with gravy, half chicken with rice). The decor resembles a night market in Taiwan, with black tables, mostly black walls and colorful cubes that double as seats. Plus, the name’s not all that prim: Huang has claimed that xiao ye, or street food, really translates as “booty-call food.”
Best LES late night eats – I grabbed a table for 4 around 9PM at one of their soft opening nights and had a blast. The food was tasty, the drinks creative, and the service friendly. Although it seemed a bit chaotic and overcrowded at times I can't wait to go back once the full menu debuts...
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