Chow Down at Chomp Chomp

Chow Down at Chomp Chomp

The West Village is a pretty tranquil neighborhood, and tree-lined Cornelia Street, a stretch peppered with a veritable melting pot of restaurants, is probably one of its most interesting thoroughfares. I made a visit to the area this past week to enjoy dinner at Chomp Chomp, a new kid on the downtown Manhattan block.  

Once I entered the Singaporean restaurant, it quickly became evident that the neighborhood’s cozy vibe extends to the space—an intimate room with whitewashed brick walls, intricately designed wood accents and simple wooden tables and chairs. In the back, patrons can view the staff whip up creative fare in the open kitchen.

This is the latest restaurant from Simpson Wong, the man behind downtown hot spot Café Asean,and with it he strives to bring Singaporean hawker, or street food, to New Yorkers and big-city visitors. While at the restaurant, my dinner companions and I got a chance to sample several dishes from the tropical island nation, including Nyonya Chap Chye, a flavorful stir fry with mushrooms, tofu, veggies and glass noodles; Lamb Rendang, a hearty dish of slow-cooked lamb shank with spices, herb croquet and pickles; and Murtabak—roti filled with minced beef, served with a side of vegetarian curry dip. I washed the dishes down with a few Singapore Flings—the restaurant’s take on the famed Singapore Sling, which celebrates the 100-year mark in 2015.  

Although I can’t eat seafood, those with a penchant for prawns, shrimp and more delicacies from the sea can opt for the likes of Char Kway Teow, wok-fried rice noodles with clams and shrimp; Oh Luak, an oyster omelet with garlic chives, chili and vinegar sauce; Fired Hokkien Mee, stir-fried noodles with seafood and Yu Choy in shrimp stock; and more.

Burgers and fries will always be there. For a taste of something different, head to Chomp Chomp. I highly recommend it.

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