Betel - Closed

51 Grove St.
New York, NY 10014


  • Sun-Thu 5pm-11pm, Fri-Sat 5:30pm-12am
  • $$$$
  • Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Wheelchair accessible
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • No Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
This Thai-Vietnamese spot gets its name from the aromatic leaf chewed all over South and Southeast Asia. It's supposedly a mild stimulant, and so is the restaurant, with its irritating unch-unch clubbing music. It's great to present Southeast Asian food in a fine-dining setting, but the dishes should be at least as tasty as those at our beloved cheap spots. And because Betel's food is good, but not that good, it seems a bit overpriced. On the other hand, we loved the vegetarian mussaman curry--the rich, peanutty sauce bobbing with plantain, green globe eggplant, pineapple, apple, and morning glory. Betel leaf wraps are zesty little bites. But skip the pedestrian dumplings.

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