Saturday, April 18, 2009

☞ DRINK: Talay

The fiery golden gods await you at Talay. Actually they are Asian Foo Dogs with golden orbs for eyes and coral flame-like appendi. These two guard this in demand, Thai-Latin restaurant with an upstairs lounge club. A bit on the ostentatious side but well-appointed in intent, the restaurant provides the bang for the buck when it comes to impressing Manhattanville's naysayers on what the possibilities might be for the area. The restaurant gets some authenticity from co-chef King Phojanakong of the Ludlow Street Pan-Asian restaurant, Kuma Inn. As far as the club lounge goes, it's a strict formal dress code especially for the guys. No work boots, sneakers, tee-shirts or ripped jeans, so show up polished. This two-tiered restaurant is part of the northern Viaduct Valley, which Columbia does not own, and is one of the pioneer establishments along the row. 701 West 135th Street and 12th Avenue. Take the 1 train to 125th Street or 137th Street, depending on which direction you are coming from.

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