NYC’s Best New Restaurants and Bars of 2013 (So Far)

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Uncle Boons

Neighborhood: Nolita
Address and phone: 7 Spring St (646-370-6650)
Website: uncleboons.com

You know you should be paying attention to a place when James Beard Award-winning critic Tejal Rao and everyone's favorite blue-haired chef, Danny Bowien, start trading favorite dishes on Twitter. Uncle Boons, from two Per Se alums, occupies a perfect middle ground between the OCD photorealism of Andy Ricker's Pok Pok and the balls-to-the-wall creative license of Bowien's Mission Chinese. The restaurant serves up the standard dishes of the new Thai renaissance (laab, banana blossom salad, sour Isaan sausage) with smart tweaks, as well as previously unknown street snacks like betel-leaf wraps with dried shrimp and coconut, and funky salted crab dip. A kitschy room replete with '70s kung-fu posters and Thai pop on the soundtrack ensure you know they're not taking any of this too seriously, and the deliriously refreshing beer slushies ensure that you don't either. — Regan Hofmann

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