Hawkers: Southeast Asian Food in New York City

BradleyFood, New York City6 Comments

Hawkers, located between 2nd and 3rd Avenues on 14th Street in Manhattan, is a restaurant that serves Southeast Asian food.  I’ve passed by this place almost every day for over a year, but I’ve never gone in because I assumed it was just a bar, and judging from the layout, serving alcohol is its primary function.

Hawker's Bar

The restaurant seating is laid out as one long bar that covers the center of the space from front to back.  It’s simple, but functional.  The layout maximizes space, but sacrifices comfort.  The seats aren’t exactly something you’d want to spend a lot of time sitting on, so don’t plan on spending a lot of time enjoying your meal.

Small porcelain jar of warm sake and two metal shot cups

The food itself is excellent.

Satay and peanut sauce

The satay tasted authentic.  The peanut dip was a little off from what I remember, though it could just be a difference between recipes.  The only satay I have to compare this to was satay my wife and I ate in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  I’d go back to Hawkers just for this, if nothing else.  It’s simple, but satisfyingly tasty.

Green curry

The green curry was really, really spicy and completely awesome!

Popiah

The popiah was ok, but not something I’d order again.

Grilled eggplant lunchbox

My wife cleaned her plate, so I guess the grilled eggplant “lunchbox” must have been delicious!

The bill for what you see in the photos (including a gratuity they helpfully add to your bill for you) added up to about 74 dollars.  That’s a little on the high side for me for a two person meal, though it was quite a bit of food. In fact, it was too much food for two people.  The only reason we went with this option was because of a Groupon deal.  When we go back, we’re going to stick to the lunch menu, or whatever they have for smaller portions.

The last two things I’d like to mention about this place is that its empty in the photos because we went early on a Monday afternoon, and the service was really great.  The girl that served us is from Thailand and we chatted with her about our trip to Phuket, Thailand in 2008 I think it was.

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