The first contender: Phuc Yea!, a Vietnamese sit-down from former Blue Piano maestros Aniece Meinhold and Cesar Zapata. He cooks, she takes care of everything else. Rounding out the team is newbie Daniel Treiman, a recent transplant from New York with experience cooking at Momofuku and Eleven Madison Park (so yes, he's foodie-approved). The recipes are inspired by her Vietnamese mother's cooking. The space is a downtown falafel counter transformed into a cozy, dimly-lit Asian spot with Ikea curtains and butcher block paper on the tables. The place will stay open through December 8, which means you have only the next three months to check it out.
|The decor: Ikea chic.|
|Fish n' chips = fried sardines and lotus chips.|
|Crispy Pig Ear Salad with watermelon and daikon.|
|Duck Confit with picked bock choy, mushrooms, daikon and more of those addictive lotus chips.|