Kampuchea Restaurant

★★★★☆
  • 80 Rivington St # 78

    New York, NY 10002

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  • 212-529-3901

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The food here is just not that amazing and verges on pricey for what it is -- for truly fabulous Vietnamese (this is not really cambodian food - they would serve Amok if so) in a cute hip place nearby, check out AN CHOI at 85 Orchard. I went there the other night and was blown away by the bahn-mi and pho.

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★★☆☆☆

The food here is just not that amazing and verges on pricey for what it is -- for truly fabulous Vietnamese (this is not really cambodian food - they would serve Amok if so) in a cute hip place nearby, check out AN CHOI at 85 Orchard. I went there the other night and was blown away by the bahn-mi and pho.

Pros: Ambiance, location

Cons: Food, price

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I am Asian and I have eaten a lot of Asian food in my life. Kampuchea's food is good and acceptable but it is at least 50% more than what one should pay. The higher prices is not because it has a better atmosphere, better quality, nor better service. My noodle soup (PHO) was served at luke warm temperature and small portion. For those of us who have been eating noodle soup all our lives, noodle soup should be served HOT. I am not the type that judges a restaurant by its portion, but when the portion is rediculously small compared to the price charged then there is is a problem.

The Sandwiches: Traditional Vietnamese sandwiches are known for the quality of the bagette, which should be warm and crunchy, almost like fresh out of the oven. At Kempuchea the bread is toasted before it is served to give that warm and crunchy characteristic, like they do at Quizno. Nothing wrong with that if you are not particular about quality. To me, it is just a short cut way of serving bread that has been sitting on the shelf for a while. At $12 to $20 a pop, I expect my bread to be baked at the time of order. Say I am picky? Well, go to a place called Baoguette at St. Marks Place (aka E 8th street) or a small Vietnamese Sandwich place on Mott Street, they charge their sandwiches from $5 to $8 (1/2 of what Kampuchea charges) and the bagette are always no more than 10 to 15 minutes old. Why? Because they know the heart of a Vietnamese Sandwich is in the bread; and their PHO is always served with hot broth.

Oh, talk about the PHO... anyone who ever had PHO before, can tell you that it always comes with a wedge of lime and it is always served on the side so you can squeeze the juice into the soup. No, not at Kampuchea. the Lime is server already dunk into the soup and I have to fish it out of the soup in order to squeeze the juice into soup. Say I am nit picking... I say not so, because when a restaurant charges $16 for a bowl of Pho which I can get else where for $8, I expect major differentiation and attention to the detail. Otherwise, what is the value in the 100% markup?

The atmosphere is poor in this restaurant. I was there on the Sat night. They were play Jamaican and rap music, and it was VERY loud. Why does restaurants believe that music has to break your ear drum? Good music in a restaurant help the set the mood and not overpower the guests' conversation. Again, at everything being charged at least $50% more than else where I expect differentiation; and I did not notice any. BTW, you don't even get your own table because at Kampuchea, it is communtal dining. Nothing wrong with that, especially, if you want to pay more and get less.

About the only good thing about Kampuchea is the Pork Belly. Very exquisite and it is a MUST try. Don't order anything else. You'll be very disappointed unless you never had Vietnamese/Cambodian food elsewhere before.

0
★☆☆☆☆

I am Asian and I have eaten a lot of Asian food in my life. Kampuchea's food is good and acceptable but it is at least 50% more than what one should pay. The higher prices is not because it has a better atmosphere, better quality, nor better service. My noodle soup (PHO) was served at luke warm temperature and small portion. For those of us who have been eating noodle soup all our lives, noodle soup should be served HOT. I am not the type that judges a restaurant by its portion, but when the portion is rediculously small compared to the price charged then there is is a problem.

The Sandwiches: Traditional Vietnamese sandwiches are known for the quality of the bagette, which should be warm and crunchy, almost like fresh out of the oven. At Kempuchea the bread is toasted before it is served to give that warm and crunchy characteristic, like they do at Quizno. Nothing wrong with that if you are not particular about quality. To me, it is just a short cut way of serving bread that has been sitting on the shelf for a while. At $12 to $20 a pop, I expect my bread to be baked at the time of order. Say I am picky? Well, go to a place called Baoguette at St. Marks Place (aka E 8th street) or a small Vietnamese Sandwich place on Mott Street, they charge their sandwiches from $5 to $8 (1/2 of what Kampuchea charges) and the bagette are always no more than 10 to 15 minutes old. Why? Because they know the heart of a Vietnamese Sandwich is in the bread; and their PHO is always served with hot broth.

Oh, talk about the PHO... anyone who ever had PHO before, can tell you that it always comes with a wedge of lime and it is always served on the side so you can squeeze the juice into the soup. No, not at Kampuchea. the Lime is server already dunk into the soup and I have to fish it out of the soup in order to squeeze the juice into soup. Say I am nit picking... I say not so, because when a restaurant charges $16 for a bowl of Pho which I can get else where for $8, I expect major differentiation and attention to the detail. Otherwise, what is the value in the 100% markup?

The atmosphere is poor in this restaurant. I was there on the Sat night. They were play Jamaican and rap music, and it was VERY loud. Why does restaurants believe that music has to break your ear drum? Good music in a restaurant help the set the mood and not overpower the guests' conversation. Again, at everything being charged at least $50% more than else where I expect differentiation; and I did not notice any. BTW, you don't even get your own table because at Kampuchea, it is communtal dining. Nothing wrong with that, especially, if you want to pay more and get less.

About the only good thing about Kampuchea is the Pork Belly. Very exquisite and it is a MUST try. Don't order anything else. You'll be very disappointed unless you never had Vietnamese/Cambodian food elsewhere before.

Pros: Order the Pork Belly

Cons: Over price

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I grew up in NY, and I eat out 5 days a week.. I've probably been to half the restaurants and eatery's that this city has from Pelham Bay to Hudson Bay to Rockaway Bay... the jacket-onlys to the "english not necessary"s.. and this place, is honestly the biggest let down I can recently remember.__________________

I don't understand how people could enjoy this stuff.. But I get the same idea everytime my bus is stuck at a red light infront of a crowded McDonalds..__________________
Salty slop.. ____________________________________

I have not felt this ripped off in a loooong time...__________________

I left saying that I would have rather lost $60 then spent it on what I just ate... And I honestly would have.. I even had to go eat again just to feel satisfied.
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It's one thing to spend money for excellent food in small portions.. Where incredible service and prime ingredients are prepared and presented..__________________

... But to spend $18 on a half full bowl of salt and $1.15 worth of ingredients, put together haphazardly and served with unappreciative snide pomp in an address that used to be a dope den.. is just ridiculous.
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Another thing.. Calling this food "Cambodian" is like calling boars-head ham and swiss "french cuisine"..
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I've been to Cambodia/Kampuchea.. more than once.. and there's nothing like the slop I was served on order there.. Unrecognizable.
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I never complain about a restaurant, never.. But I had to come on here to air this one out like the stench that's coming from my behind tonight from the food they served me..
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Any self-respecting foodie: STAY AWAY!__________________
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Any one with no palate (like the "editor" who wrote that ridiculous almost comedic synopsis of the place here), just do yourself a favour in these hard times, and keep that $30+/head in your pocket and go to your McDonalds.. you'll feel better at the end of the day.
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You want soups, go to Viet Huong.. You want Banh style sandwiches go to Nickys or Banh Mi.. I can go on and on about better places to spend your time and money, to eat the food they supposed to be serving, but that's what that search box up there is for.. And in the neighborhood, honestly, your stomach will feel better after San Loco up the block! haha really! And so will your wallet!____________________________________

Kam-PUKE-a..__________________

HUGE thumbs down.
I hate getting screwed and not enjoying it

0
★☆☆☆☆

I grew up in NY, and I eat out 5 days a week.. I've probably been to half the restaurants and eatery's that this city has from Pelham Bay to Hudson Bay to Rockaway Bay... the jacket-onlys to the "english not necessary"s.. and this place, is honestly the biggest let down I can recently remember.__________________

I don't understand how people could enjoy this stuff.. But I get the same idea everytime my bus is stuck at a red light infront of a crowded McDonalds..__________________
Salty slop.. ____________________________________

I have not felt this ripped off in a loooong time...__________________

I left saying that I would have rather lost $60 then spent it on what I just ate... And I honestly would have.. I even had to go eat again just to feel satisfied.
____________________________________
It's one thing to spend money for excellent food in small portions.. Where incredible service and prime ingredients are prepared and presented..__________________

... But to spend $18 on a half full bowl of salt and $1.15 worth of ingredients, put together haphazardly and served with unappreciative snide pomp in an address that used to be a dope den.. is just ridiculous.
______________________________________________________
Another thing.. Calling this food "Cambodian" is like calling boars-head ham and swiss "french cuisine"..
__________________
I've been to Cambodia/Kampuchea.. more than once.. and there's nothing like the slop I was served on order there.. Unrecognizable.
____________________________________
I never complain about a restaurant, never.. But I had to come on here to air this one out like the stench that's coming from my behind tonight from the food they served me..
____________________________________
Any self-respecting foodie: STAY AWAY!__________________
__________________
Any one with no palate (like the "editor" who wrote that ridiculous almost comedic synopsis of the place here), just do yourself a favour in these hard times, and keep that $30+/head in your pocket and go to your McDonalds.. you'll feel better at the end of the day.
______________________________________________________
You want soups, go to Viet Huong.. You want Banh style sandwiches go to Nickys or Banh Mi.. I can go on and on about better places to spend your time and money, to eat the food they supposed to be serving, but that's what that search box up there is for.. And in the neighborhood, honestly, your stomach will feel better after San Loco up the block! haha really! And so will your wallet!____________________________________

Kam-PUKE-a..__________________

HUGE thumbs down.
I hate getting screwed and not enjoying it

Pros: Interior/ Decor

Cons: The food #1, The inexcusable prices #2, The service #3..

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I love Kampuchea, it is one of my favorite spots in NYC. The food is a cross between Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines and the chefs are great in turning out savory dishes with exotic flavors. My favorites are their noodle soups, i would make recommendations but they change their menus every once awhile. I am a very picky eater especially with Asian food and i must say, this place is a must go.

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★★★★★

I love Kampuchea, it is one of my favorite spots in NYC. The food is a cross between Vietnamese and Chinese cuisines and the chefs are great in turning out savory dishes with exotic flavors. My favorites are their noodle soups, i would make recommendations but they change their menus every once awhile. I am a very picky eater especially with Asian food and i must say, this place is a must go.

Pros: great food, great prices. New menus

Cons: can't make reservations

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I stopped by this Cambodian noodle bar a few weeks back and found myself pleasantly surprised by both the trendy vibe and good quality food. The restaurant is located on the corner of Rivington and Allen in Manhattans Lower East Side. When approaching Kampuchea one immediately notices the large rooster mural and huge windows which flood the restaurant with natural light. Typical to noodle bar fashion the Kampuchea lacks small single tables opting for long tables with bar stools where everyone sits side by side - so if your looking for an intimate setting for a date this might not be the place for you. I found the wait staff friendly and very attentive without being annoying. My only qualm with the service is the amount of time it took to get a seat which seemed to be due to complete disorganization by the host and with whatever seating system was in use. As an appetizer I had the crispy pork belly - pan fried with honey and a hint of apple cider vinegar. Although I was quite unimpressed with the meager portions considering the price tag of 12 dollars the pork belly was cooked and seasoned perfectly and quite delicious. As a main course you can have your choice of sandwiches, crepes, soups, noodles, and stews. I chose the coconut tiger shrimp sandwich which came garnished with carrots, cucumber, and cilantro, and spicy mayo served on a toasted baguette. The sandwich was simple but perfectly balanced and it was well worth the 13 dollars. Through and through there is not much to complain about in Kampuchea. It can seem a bit pricey but for this quality of food you won't find anything cheaper in the lower East Side. The environment is interesting and visually stimulating and the food displays the heart and soul that I find lacking in so much contemporary Asian cuisine. And I always appreciate an open kitchen!

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★★★★☆

I stopped by this Cambodian noodle bar a few weeks back and found myself pleasantly surprised by both the trendy vibe and good quality food. The restaurant is located on the corner of Rivington and Allen in Manhattans Lower East Side. When approaching Kampuchea one immediately notices the large rooster mural and huge windows which flood the restaurant with natural light. Typical to noodle bar fashion the Kampuchea lacks small single tables opting for long tables with bar stools where everyone sits side by side - so if your looking for an intimate setting for a date this might not be the place for you. I found the wait staff friendly and very attentive without being annoying. My only qualm with the service is the amount of time it took to get a seat which seemed to be due to complete disorganization by the host and with whatever seating system was in use. As an appetizer I had the crispy pork belly - pan fried with honey and a hint of apple cider vinegar. Although I was quite unimpressed with the meager portions considering the price tag of 12 dollars the pork belly was cooked and seasoned perfectly and quite delicious. As a main course you can have your choice of sandwiches, crepes, soups, noodles, and stews. I chose the coconut tiger shrimp sandwich which came garnished with carrots, cucumber, and cilantro, and spicy mayo served on a toasted baguette. The sandwich was simple but perfectly balanced and it was well worth the 13 dollars. Through and through there is not much to complain about in Kampuchea. It can seem a bit pricey but for this quality of food you won't find anything cheaper in the lower East Side. The environment is interesting and visually stimulating and the food displays the heart and soul that I find lacking in so much contemporary Asian cuisine. And I always appreciate an open kitchen!

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Service was absolutely horrible. Had dinner there last weekend with some friends and asked for a dessert menu at the end. They did not have dessert, so we asked to see the drink menu again. Next thing we know, the host was in our face telling us to vacate our table and go to the bar if all that we were going to do was have drinks. He had a long line of people waiting but refused to serve us drinks at the table. It was pretty shocking. No restaurant in New York had ever told us to get the hell out of our table unless we had food in our mouths. Usually, if a restaurant wants to turn a table quickly, waiters would hover or repeatedly ask if they could get you something else. But not at Kampuchea.

With that said, I suppose we should count ourselves lucky. Just read a review by another Kampuchea customer who was kicked out and cursed out by the chef outside the restaurant just because his/her party, upon sitting down, did not want to move to a less ideal table as requested by the manager. At least no psychopath followed us out of the restaurant.

Meanwhile, the food here is overpriced and overrated. It's not all together bad but definitely nothing to write home about. The decor is mediocre and the ambience nothing special. If you're willing to venture further downtown just a bit to Chinatown, you'll find a world of much cheaper Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Asian food in general that is far superios than Kampuchea's. But if you care about ambience, decor and great service too, just pick any restaurant on the Lower East Side and skip this one.

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★☆☆☆☆

Service was absolutely horrible. Had dinner there last weekend with some friends and asked for a dessert menu at the end. They did not have dessert, so we asked to see the drink menu again. Next thing we know, the host was in our face telling us to vacate our table and go to the bar if all that we were going to do was have drinks. He had a long line of people waiting but refused to serve us drinks at the table. It was pretty shocking. No restaurant in New York had ever told us to get the hell out of our table unless we had food in our mouths. Usually, if a restaurant wants to turn a table quickly, waiters would hover or repeatedly ask if they could get you something else. But not at Kampuchea.

With that said, I suppose we should count ourselves lucky. Just read a review by another Kampuchea customer who was kicked out and cursed out by the chef outside the restaurant just because his/her party, upon sitting down, did not want to move to a less ideal table as requested by the manager. At least no psychopath followed us out of the restaurant.

Meanwhile, the food here is overpriced and overrated. It's not all together bad but definitely nothing to write home about. The decor is mediocre and the ambience nothing special. If you're willing to venture further downtown just a bit to Chinatown, you'll find a world of much cheaper Chinese, Vietnamese, Malaysian and Asian food in general that is far superios than Kampuchea's. But if you care about ambience, decor and great service too, just pick any restaurant on the Lower East Side and skip this one.

Pros: location

Cons: terrible service; overpriced

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The quality of food for the price is unsurpass. the chef and this restaurant is definately hitting their marks. We went in with some doubts since South east asian food 'should' be in inexpensive. From first glance, you would assume they are charging so much. But once you order and see and taste. Thats when you say to yourself, stop and enjoy. reccomended items (atleast what we loved and have gone back for):
Tamarind baby back ribs
Crispy pork belly
grilled mackerel
grilled corn
Sandwich tasting, had oxtail, bacon, shrimp, catfish are the ones I crave the most
oxtail stew
chicken noodle soup

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★★★★★

The quality of food for the price is unsurpass. the chef and this restaurant is definately hitting their marks. We went in with some doubts since South east asian food 'should' be in inexpensive. From first glance, you would assume they are charging so much. But once you order and see and taste. Thats when you say to yourself, stop and enjoy. reccomended items (atleast what we loved and have gone back for):
Tamarind baby back ribs
Crispy pork belly
grilled mackerel
grilled corn
Sandwich tasting, had oxtail, bacon, shrimp, catfish are the ones I crave the most
oxtail stew
chicken noodle soup

Pros: all dishes listed

Cons: had to wait almost an hour a few times/ chairs are uncomfortable for a long period

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This restaurant should be on top of your list to try. They have these great sandwiches 'numpang' (sp) . One of the best we've ever had. We had the tasting sandwiches, with Homemade bacon!!!! freakin spicy though, I bit into a whole chili. lots of choices. Their small plates are amazing!! Awesome baby back ribs and grilled mackerel. such a cool place. I loved their drink list. It does get very busy so try to go a little early.

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★★★★★

This restaurant should be on top of your list to try. They have these great sandwiches 'numpang' (sp) . One of the best we've ever had. We had the tasting sandwiches, with Homemade bacon!!!! freakin spicy though, I bit into a whole chili. lots of choices. Their small plates are amazing!! Awesome baby back ribs and grilled mackerel. such a cool place. I loved their drink list. It does get very busy so try to go a little early.

Pros: tasty food, very friendly staff, and great music selection

Cons: all the way in the lower east side!!! come up town please

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Kampuchea is a great place to relax with friends and share the many spectacular dishes on the menu. The service and ambiance are as good as the food. The soups are delicious and filling, and could certainly be split between two people. Along with a great wine list they also have several tasty cocktails to choose from, I recommend the Coconut Mojito, you will not be disappointed!!!

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★★★★★

Kampuchea is a great place to relax with friends and share the many spectacular dishes on the menu. The service and ambiance are as good as the food. The soups are delicious and filling, and could certainly be split between two people. Along with a great wine list they also have several tasty cocktails to choose from, I recommend the Coconut Mojito, you will not be disappointed!!!

Pros: good service, excellent food, great place for a group

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There is nothing like this small bustling Cambodian Noodle bar in lower Manhattan. Located on a quiet street corner, this place is one of a kind. I have never regretted a dinner at Kampuchea. I am constantly trying new dishes and they are ALL excellent. Their staple dish are the soups, large enough to be shared by two, are a great value. The sandwich tasting platter is an excellent way to try all the yummy offerings without full commitment to any one type -- also a good value for sharing. This restaurant attracts foodies and hipsters -- all looking for a fun spot to start or end their evening. Excellent place for a group. Get a whole bunch of items & share. The head chef DJs from the front of the room and the music is sure to put you in a good mood.

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★★★★★

There is nothing like this small bustling Cambodian Noodle bar in lower Manhattan. Located on a quiet street corner, this place is one of a kind. I have never regretted a dinner at Kampuchea. I am constantly trying new dishes and they are ALL excellent. Their staple dish are the soups, large enough to be shared by two, are a great value. The sandwich tasting platter is an excellent way to try all the yummy offerings without full commitment to any one type -- also a good value for sharing. This restaurant attracts foodies and hipsters -- all looking for a fun spot to start or end their evening. Excellent place for a group. Get a whole bunch of items & share. The head chef DJs from the front of the room and the music is sure to put you in a good mood.

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Kampuchea makes some of the greatest ribs I?ve ever tasted, incredible Tamarind Baby Backs?s. The place has a ?cool vibe? with a large wooden communal table in the middle of the restaurant. The menu is a tasting of Cambodian ?street food? and includes a variety of amazingly flavored soups, lettuce wrapped ?Cambodian crepes?, and sandwiches, as well as other ?small plates?. Kampuchea uses high quality organic ingredients and artisanal food preparations.

Highly recommended dishes: the spicy bwah moun soup, the grilled eggplant sandwich, the tiger shrimp crepe, the crispy pork belly, and of course the ribs?

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★★★★☆

Kampuchea makes some of the greatest ribs I?ve ever tasted, incredible Tamarind Baby Backs?s. The place has a ?cool vibe? with a large wooden communal table in the middle of the restaurant. The menu is a tasting of Cambodian ?street food? and includes a variety of amazingly flavored soups, lettuce wrapped ?Cambodian crepes?, and sandwiches, as well as other ?small plates?. Kampuchea uses high quality organic ingredients and artisanal food preparations.

Highly recommended dishes: the spicy bwah moun soup, the grilled eggplant sandwich, the tiger shrimp crepe, the crispy pork belly, and of course the ribs?

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As a total southeast asian foodie, I was excited to try out this place. Previously I'd lived in the SF bay area where cambodian restaurants are plentiful, and the savory crepes to die for. I was a bit dismayed to find the crepes on Kampuchea's menu listed for $15 when I used to tuck in delicious crepes in my old neighborhood for $5.50. Everything seemed overpriced ($15 for a sandwich?) for what appeared to be a common noodle bar. This is streetfood - and not the culinary inspiration that the Momofuku restaurants are, so they should be priced more accordingly. Try it once since clearly NY is in need of other cambodian places and this place corners the market; but I wouldn't recommend it as a good place for the value.

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★★★☆☆

As a total southeast asian foodie, I was excited to try out this place. Previously I'd lived in the SF bay area where cambodian restaurants are plentiful, and the savory crepes to die for. I was a bit dismayed to find the crepes on Kampuchea's menu listed for $15 when I used to tuck in delicious crepes in my old neighborhood for $5.50. Everything seemed overpriced ($15 for a sandwich?) for what appeared to be a common noodle bar. This is streetfood - and not the culinary inspiration that the Momofuku restaurants are, so they should be priced more accordingly. Try it once since clearly NY is in need of other cambodian places and this place corners the market; but I wouldn't recommend it as a good place for the value.

Pros: only place that serves good cambodian food in ny

Cons: three times more expensive than it should be

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Yes, we ordered and loved it all. Who cares what it was that I ate, I am almost positive that everything on the menu would have been just as delicious. The service was spot on, host was gracious, I am even the kind that enjoys sharing a table (lets eat together, it makes people merry!) The server was knowledgeable of the food, very attentive, and cute-that never hurts. We ordered two appetizers and two main plates (one for each) and loved every bite. Can NOT wait to go back and try more. The vibe is far from pretentious, the interior design is exposed, industrial edge, but not in an obnoxious/overdone way. Oh thank Buddha-or chef Ratha Chau in this instance-for this place. *hint* try the Coconut Tiger Shrimp!

Not shy, rate this sweet spot with not one but TWO, hard, glass cutting nipples. . . .

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★★★★★

Yes, we ordered and loved it all. Who cares what it was that I ate, I am almost positive that everything on the menu would have been just as delicious. The service was spot on, host was gracious, I am even the kind that enjoys sharing a table (lets eat together, it makes people merry!) The server was knowledgeable of the food, very attentive, and cute-that never hurts. We ordered two appetizers and two main plates (one for each) and loved every bite. Can NOT wait to go back and try more. The vibe is far from pretentious, the interior design is exposed, industrial edge, but not in an obnoxious/overdone way. Oh thank Buddha-or chef Ratha Chau in this instance-for this place. *hint* try the Coconut Tiger Shrimp!

Not shy, rate this sweet spot with not one but TWO, hard, glass cutting nipples. . . .

Pros: food, service, atmosphere

Cons: . . . ah c'mon. . .there are none! hah!

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I went here with a friend on a Friday night at around 9pm. We had to wait for about 15 minutes, which was great, considering every other restaurant in the area had a wait time of an hour to an hour and a half. There are communal tables and high stools, which gives it a cool but cozy ambience. I felt like I was at the Beer Garden. The music (reggae and hip hop) was a little too loud for my taste; I kept asking my friend to repeat himself. We ordered the three sandwich taster plate and the skirt steak appetizer. The sandwiches (oxtail, shrimp, and pork meatballs) were savory and absolutely delish. The skirt steak was unlike anything I've ever had before. It was sweet and the marinate was just mouth-watering. I also ordered the lychee martini, which was sweet but didn't seem to have much alcohol in it. Overall, a great experience. Good to come with friends, not with a date. Will come back next week!

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★★★★☆

I went here with a friend on a Friday night at around 9pm. We had to wait for about 15 minutes, which was great, considering every other restaurant in the area had a wait time of an hour to an hour and a half. There are communal tables and high stools, which gives it a cool but cozy ambience. I felt like I was at the Beer Garden. The music (reggae and hip hop) was a little too loud for my taste; I kept asking my friend to repeat himself. We ordered the three sandwich taster plate and the skirt steak appetizer. The sandwiches (oxtail, shrimp, and pork meatballs) were savory and absolutely delish. The skirt steak was unlike anything I've ever had before. It was sweet and the marinate was just mouth-watering. I also ordered the lychee martini, which was sweet but didn't seem to have much alcohol in it. Overall, a great experience. Good to come with friends, not with a date. Will come back next week!

Pros: Mouth-watering food, friendly community ambience

Cons: Music was too loud

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Since it opened a little over a year ago, Kampuchea has become one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It's called a "noodle bar," but in my experience the non-noodle items tend to be a little more rewarding (although the noodles are certainly very good). If you're in the mood for a sandwich, they're all excellent (my favorite is the house-cured bacon with spicy pickled Thai chilis). The savory crepes are very solid, but a little messy to eat. You might be best off piecing together a meal from the hot and cold Cambodian "small" plates. The pork ribs with cilantro-lime sauce are truly a standout. Also, try the meatballs, grilled prawns and the cured duck breast salad. If you're feeling adventurous, the seared monkfish liver tastes like the fois gras of the sea, and the sweetbreads in mushroom broth do not disappoint. The atmosphere is comparable to the Momofukus: a casual, slightly up-market noodle bar. It can get a little crowded during peak hours. I personally enjoy sitting at the bar by the open kitchen and chatting with the chefs.

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★★★★★

Since it opened a little over a year ago, Kampuchea has become one of my favorite restaurants in the city. It's called a "noodle bar," but in my experience the non-noodle items tend to be a little more rewarding (although the noodles are certainly very good). If you're in the mood for a sandwich, they're all excellent (my favorite is the house-cured bacon with spicy pickled Thai chilis). The savory crepes are very solid, but a little messy to eat. You might be best off piecing together a meal from the hot and cold Cambodian "small" plates. The pork ribs with cilantro-lime sauce are truly a standout. Also, try the meatballs, grilled prawns and the cured duck breast salad. If you're feeling adventurous, the seared monkfish liver tastes like the fois gras of the sea, and the sweetbreads in mushroom broth do not disappoint. The atmosphere is comparable to the Momofukus: a casual, slightly up-market noodle bar. It can get a little crowded during peak hours. I personally enjoy sitting at the bar by the open kitchen and chatting with the chefs.

Pros: Universally excellent food, diverse menu, casual and comfortable

Cons: Liquor is a little pricy, can get crowded and loud during peak hours

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Seared Monkfish Liver - average at best; Ground Duroc Pork & Chives Crepe - Insipid; Good sandwiches; Tofu Katiev - unpleasant; Oxtail Stew - Bland. Good Service. Nice Decor.

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★★☆☆☆

Seared Monkfish Liver - average at best; Ground Duroc Pork & Chives Crepe - Insipid; Good sandwiches; Tofu Katiev - unpleasant; Oxtail Stew - Bland. Good Service. Nice Decor.

Pros: Sandwiches; Ambience; Service

Cons: The Rest

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We went there yesterday and had the most horrible experience ever in my ten years in New York. We were a party of 5 and were seated at a table at the back of the restaurant. We placed our orders and some of us got our drinks. At that point the waitress comes and asks us to move to the cornermost table so that they could seat someone else on ours. The only way to get to that table was for two of us to get up so others could pass behind us.

Also the table they wanted us to move to was for four people and she said we could squeeze in and sit.

All this for the "expected" future customer with no real customer waiting to get a table.

We told her that we did not want to move to that table and if there were other customers, we would gladly get up to let them into that corner table.

So she went and called the assistant manager, who was a horrid person. He said that we could not dictate where we wanted to sit and that we had to follow his orders. At this point, however agitated we were getting, we tried our best to keep our cool. He goes somewhere and comes back and says that since we are not ready to move, the chef has said that he will not cook for us. This is the first time we had heard something so ridiculous.

The assistant manager then goes away and in some time the chef comes to our table. The chef Ratha Chau was extremely rude, had an attitude and told us that if we are not ready to move where he wants us to move we should leave the restaurant.

And thats what we do. As we leave, he comes out on the side street and starts fighting and cursing us. He tells us that we created a scene in his restaurant and not to come back. It took effort to not curse back and be the crude horrible person he was.

I will never go back to the restaurant and urge everyone to do the same.

In living in NYC for ten years and eating in countless restaurants here, this is the first time I have been treated so and have been asked to walk out of the restaurant.

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★☆☆☆☆

We went there yesterday and had the most horrible experience ever in my ten years in New York. We were a party of 5 and were seated at a table at the back of the restaurant. We placed our orders and some of us got our drinks. At that point the waitress comes and asks us to move to the cornermost table so that they could seat someone else on ours. The only way to get to that table was for two of us to get up so others could pass behind us.

Also the table they wanted us to move to was for four people and she said we could squeeze in and sit.

All this for the "expected" future customer with no real customer waiting to get a table.

We told her that we did not want to move to that table and if there were other customers, we would gladly get up to let them into that corner table.

So she went and called the assistant manager, who was a horrid person. He said that we could not dictate where we wanted to sit and that we had to follow his orders. At this point, however agitated we were getting, we tried our best to keep our cool. He goes somewhere and comes back and says that since we are not ready to move, the chef has said that he will not cook for us. This is the first time we had heard something so ridiculous.

The assistant manager then goes away and in some time the chef comes to our table. The chef Ratha Chau was extremely rude, had an attitude and told us that if we are not ready to move where he wants us to move we should leave the restaurant.

And thats what we do. As we leave, he comes out on the side street and starts fighting and cursing us. He tells us that we created a scene in his restaurant and not to come back. It took effort to not curse back and be the crude horrible person he was.

I will never go back to the restaurant and urge everyone to do the same.

In living in NYC for ten years and eating in countless restaurants here, this is the first time I have been treated so and have been asked to walk out of the restaurant.

Cons: We were asked to leave because we did not want to move to a corner table after we had been seated for 20 minutes. The chef said he will not serve us

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I've eaten here twice - the first time, I was blown away by the flavors, from the lychee fizz drink, roasted corn-on-the-cob appetizer, and crispy pork belly, to the sweetbreads, the Banh Mi sandwiches, and the oxtail stew. I'm not a big fan of overly spicy food because you can't taste the dish, but the first time I dined here, I thought the spicy-ness added to the dish rather than take away. I had a great first-impression. I was literally licking my fingers at the end of the meal. But tonight, I brought 2 more girlfriends to try this place, and I gotta say, I must've remembered my first encounter differently. We ordered a similar range of dishes as my first visit (it's a partially seasonal menu, and the first time I visited was summer). The dishes were still decent, but they didn't do it for me this time. The flavors weren't as impressive - the crispy pork belly tasted artery clogging, the oxtail stew seemed less hearty, and the sweetbreads were bland - however, the Hoisin Pork Meatball sandwich was a big winner. Although I still enjoyed the food, tonight's meal didn't grab me as much as it did the first time. What changed? I can't figure it out. But overall, Kampuchea is definitely worth at least one try. Other points to mention: they have small hooks under the table to hang your bag! Great for the summer, but not so great in the winter when you have giant winter coats, and the hooks are too low for long coats. The communal style seating makes it hard to have conversations without strangers eavesdropping. The bench seats don't have a back to lean on - so people with bad backs are straining.

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★★★★☆

I've eaten here twice - the first time, I was blown away by the flavors, from the lychee fizz drink, roasted corn-on-the-cob appetizer, and crispy pork belly, to the sweetbreads, the Banh Mi sandwiches, and the oxtail stew. I'm not a big fan of overly spicy food because you can't taste the dish, but the first time I dined here, I thought the spicy-ness added to the dish rather than take away. I had a great first-impression. I was literally licking my fingers at the end of the meal. But tonight, I brought 2 more girlfriends to try this place, and I gotta say, I must've remembered my first encounter differently. We ordered a similar range of dishes as my first visit (it's a partially seasonal menu, and the first time I visited was summer). The dishes were still decent, but they didn't do it for me this time. The flavors weren't as impressive - the crispy pork belly tasted artery clogging, the oxtail stew seemed less hearty, and the sweetbreads were bland - however, the Hoisin Pork Meatball sandwich was a big winner. Although I still enjoyed the food, tonight's meal didn't grab me as much as it did the first time. What changed? I can't figure it out. But overall, Kampuchea is definitely worth at least one try. Other points to mention: they have small hooks under the table to hang your bag! Great for the summer, but not so great in the winter when you have giant winter coats, and the hooks are too low for long coats. The communal style seating makes it hard to have conversations without strangers eavesdropping. The bench seats don't have a back to lean on - so people with bad backs are straining.

Pros: Tasty Dishes, Good Atmosphere, Friendly Staff, A try-it-at-least-once kind of place

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I went to Kampuchea on Friday with my boyfriend around 8. While the hostess told us we would be seated in 15-20 minutes, it was closer to 45 minutes before we were seated. Normally this would aggravate me, but we were able to find a spot close to the bar, out of people's way, and the music was very good! We ordered drinks and the hostess, who was quite attentive, brought us over a round of drinks on the house since the wait was longer. While we were waiting the restaurant got very crowded! I would suggest getting there a little before 8 in order to get a seat. We ordered the sandwich tasting - 3 small sandwiches for $17. The coconut tiger shrimp and sweet pulled oxtail sandwiches were VERY good. I wasn't a fan of the ginger rubbed catfish. The catfish tasted undercooked and too salty! We each ordered an entree, which were delightful and spicy. I am a big fan of spicy food, but if you're not, tell the waiter to make the food less spicy. The entrees were generous in size and in theory we could have ordered one entree with the 3 sandwiches and would have been fine. Kampuchea is on my lits of restaurants that I will keep returning too. While I've been to Momofuku and have really enjoyed their food, I much prefer the ambience and staff of Kampuchea.

2
★★★★☆

I went to Kampuchea on Friday with my boyfriend around 8. While the hostess told us we would be seated in 15-20 minutes, it was closer to 45 minutes before we were seated. Normally this would aggravate me, but we were able to find a spot close to the bar, out of people's way, and the music was very good! We ordered drinks and the hostess, who was quite attentive, brought us over a round of drinks on the house since the wait was longer. While we were waiting the restaurant got very crowded! I would suggest getting there a little before 8 in order to get a seat. We ordered the sandwich tasting - 3 small sandwiches for $17. The coconut tiger shrimp and sweet pulled oxtail sandwiches were VERY good. I wasn't a fan of the ginger rubbed catfish. The catfish tasted undercooked and too salty! We each ordered an entree, which were delightful and spicy. I am a big fan of spicy food, but if you're not, tell the waiter to make the food less spicy. The entrees were generous in size and in theory we could have ordered one entree with the 3 sandwiches and would have been fine. Kampuchea is on my lits of restaurants that I will keep returning too. While I've been to Momofuku and have really enjoyed their food, I much prefer the ambience and staff of Kampuchea.

Pros: The food, drinks, ambience, service

Cons: Only one bathroom!

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I walked by this place many times since I live in the neighborhood and finally had a chance to give it a try recently. The decor and atmosphere was very nice. We ordered a crepe as appetizer which was tasty but hard to handle. The two bowls of noodles were an explosion of flavor in every bite but did not have enough noodles. It is supposed to be a noodle soup, put some more noodles in it! Overall, the portions were small and the food and drinks too pricey for what it is. I just couldn't help thinking I could of had a similar meal for about half the price a few blocks south in Chinatown.

1
★★★☆☆

I walked by this place many times since I live in the neighborhood and finally had a chance to give it a try recently. The decor and atmosphere was very nice. We ordered a crepe as appetizer which was tasty but hard to handle. The two bowls of noodles were an explosion of flavor in every bite but did not have enough noodles. It is supposed to be a noodle soup, put some more noodles in it! Overall, the portions were small and the food and drinks too pricey for what it is. I just couldn't help thinking I could of had a similar meal for about half the price a few blocks south in Chinatown.

Pros: Tasty food

Cons: small portions, pricey

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I'm no expert on Asian cuisine, but I loved this place. My wife and I split a noodle dish and a sandwich. Both were excellent. They also had a surprisingly good choice of beer and my wife had some raspberry drink that she loved. Also a very cool/lively atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

I'm no expert on Asian cuisine, but I loved this place. My wife and I split a noodle dish and a sandwich. Both were excellent. They also had a surprisingly good choice of beer and my wife had some raspberry drink that she loved. Also a very cool/lively atmosphere.

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The food here is really good. I love you Chef!(Whoever you are). Chairs and seatings are uncomfortable, as with any chairs without a back. But the food makes up for it. Had their corn on the cob which I thought was a little dry, but still good. Their stew and their sandwiches are so delicious! But honestly, I think the menu is a bit pricey for what it is. I would drop $300 at a high-end french restaurant(no doubt), but I wouldn't eat here on a regular basis even though it is not even close to a high-end french restaurant. Just because I don't think it is worth it for what it is.

1
★★★☆☆

The food here is really good. I love you Chef!(Whoever you are). Chairs and seatings are uncomfortable, as with any chairs without a back. But the food makes up for it. Had their corn on the cob which I thought was a little dry, but still good. Their stew and their sandwiches are so delicious! But honestly, I think the menu is a bit pricey for what it is. I would drop $300 at a high-end french restaurant(no doubt), but I wouldn't eat here on a regular basis even though it is not even close to a high-end french restaurant. Just because I don't think it is worth it for what it is.

Pros: Food.

Cons: Chairs, price.

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Kampuchea is a great place to go for a low key dinner (you have to be comfortable sitting on stools) with high intensity flavors that are well put together. Plus, the service is friendly and the price is (on the whole) reasonable for the area. Definitely try an appetizer or two - we had the tofu salad the other night, and it was great. The pungency and spiciness were tempered by the freshness of the vegetables and clarity of the tofu. Even better was the thai eggplant sandwich - one of the best sandwiches I've ever had, meat or veggie. The eggplant was yielding and delicious, complemented by fresh carrots and cucumber with an amazingly seasoned mayo based sauce on a french-style small baguette that balanced a doughy inside with a satisfying crust. Let's just say my boyfriend and I were fighting over every last crumb.

2
★★★★★

Kampuchea is a great place to go for a low key dinner (you have to be comfortable sitting on stools) with high intensity flavors that are well put together. Plus, the service is friendly and the price is (on the whole) reasonable for the area. Definitely try an appetizer or two - we had the tofu salad the other night, and it was great. The pungency and spiciness were tempered by the freshness of the vegetables and clarity of the tofu. Even better was the thai eggplant sandwich - one of the best sandwiches I've ever had, meat or veggie. The eggplant was yielding and delicious, complemented by fresh carrots and cucumber with an amazingly seasoned mayo based sauce on a french-style small baguette that balanced a doughy inside with a satisfying crust. Let's just say my boyfriend and I were fighting over every last crumb.

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The only thing that is worth the visit to the place is their sandwiches. Their noodle taste like the worth Chinatown most uninteresting noodle, except chinatown noodle is much cheaper. Even their sandwich, though good, but not worth the price. You can get much cheaper and better Vietnamese sandwiches else where in NYC. Overly hyped. Only for non foodies who has never really had real truthly good Asian food.

0
★☆☆☆☆

The only thing that is worth the visit to the place is their sandwiches. Their noodle taste like the worth Chinatown most uninteresting noodle, except chinatown noodle is much cheaper. Even their sandwich, though good, but not worth the price. You can get much cheaper and better Vietnamese sandwiches else where in NYC. Overly hyped. Only for non foodies who has never really had real truthly good Asian food.

Pros: Nice decor

Cons: Slow waiter, Bad Food

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Very simple: the food is amazing. the service attentive not over bearing. the atmosphere.. superb. You can relax, eat and get lost in conversation.

2
★★★★★

Very simple: the food is amazing. the service attentive not over bearing. the atmosphere.. superb. You can relax, eat and get lost in conversation.

Pros: Complete restaurant

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I went here on a busy Saturday night at around 10pm. We didn't have to wait long because we opted for a seat at the bar. The place was crowded and loud, but the bar was the perfect seat because we were able to sit close enough to hear each other over the din. The atmosphere was very enjoyable - happy pre-bar 20- and 30-year-olds. I had the pork sandwhich. It was very flavorful with a really great contrast between the crusty bread, tender pork, and crunchy cucumbers. My only complaint was the the pork was quite fatty and in thick pieces, so it was hard to eat it in the sandwich. They even had Magic Hat beer, which I had to order since I went to college in VT. Since we were sitting at the bar, so close to the kitchen, the chef asked us how our food was. He was very friendly and it just added to my entire experience. I'd definitely come back here and recommend to my friends. To comment on a past reviewer's advice to go to Momofuku instead: I agree that Momofuku's food is slightly superior, but Kampuchea has a much better atmosphere.

2
★★★★★

I went here on a busy Saturday night at around 10pm. We didn't have to wait long because we opted for a seat at the bar. The place was crowded and loud, but the bar was the perfect seat because we were able to sit close enough to hear each other over the din. The atmosphere was very enjoyable - happy pre-bar 20- and 30-year-olds. I had the pork sandwhich. It was very flavorful with a really great contrast between the crusty bread, tender pork, and crunchy cucumbers. My only complaint was the the pork was quite fatty and in thick pieces, so it was hard to eat it in the sandwich. They even had Magic Hat beer, which I had to order since I went to college in VT. Since we were sitting at the bar, so close to the kitchen, the chef asked us how our food was. He was very friendly and it just added to my entire experience. I'd definitely come back here and recommend to my friends. To comment on a past reviewer's advice to go to Momofuku instead: I agree that Momofuku's food is slightly superior, but Kampuchea has a much better atmosphere.

Pros: Great atmosphere, friendly staff, good food

Cons: Could be a bit of a wait

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Very nice restaurant. I heard it was new after I went there. But when we walked by it was really busy so we went in to take a look. The room is very beautiful, so warm and inviting. We finally got seated half an hour later. Had the Filet soup and grilled corn, my friend also ordered the pnom? panh soup which was extremely flavorful. This is a real find, their broths are extra ordinary. fresh and delicious food.

2
★★★★★

Very nice restaurant. I heard it was new after I went there. But when we walked by it was really busy so we went in to take a look. The room is very beautiful, so warm and inviting. We finally got seated half an hour later. Had the Filet soup and grilled corn, my friend also ordered the pnom? panh soup which was extremely flavorful. This is a real find, their broths are extra ordinary. fresh and delicious food.

Pros: Delicious noodle soups, very good corn for this time of year

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The food here is just ok. We went when they fist opened and thought that it was just average. We decided to try them again since we live in the neighborhood and still the food was just ok. I ordered one of their specialty drinks and substituted Ketel One vodka instead of Cachaca and they added two dollars to the price of the drink. It was thirteen dollars. The pour on the wines was very small and not worth twelve dollars for the pinot noir and eight dollars for the rioja for such small glasses of wine. This is a restaurant in the LES, not a club. When I told the waiter I felt I was being taken for the drinks he brought it to the attention of the manager who did nothing. I will not go back to this place. It would be one thing if it was the quality of Fatty Crab or Momofuko but it doesn't even come close. Go to one of those places instead.

1
★★★☆☆

The food here is just ok. We went when they fist opened and thought that it was just average. We decided to try them again since we live in the neighborhood and still the food was just ok. I ordered one of their specialty drinks and substituted Ketel One vodka instead of Cachaca and they added two dollars to the price of the drink. It was thirteen dollars. The pour on the wines was very small and not worth twelve dollars for the pinot noir and eight dollars for the rioja for such small glasses of wine. This is a restaurant in the LES, not a club. When I told the waiter I felt I was being taken for the drinks he brought it to the attention of the manager who did nothing. I will not go back to this place. It would be one thing if it was the quality of Fatty Crab or Momofuko but it doesn't even come close. Go to one of those places instead.

Pros: a really good waiter but that's it

Cons: bad value

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wanted to try this place out, went there this weekend with some friends. First and foremost, the food is excellent. Starting off with the soups since they named themselves a noodle bar. the soups we had were the Phom penh katiev, the Filet mignon and the rice soup. We started off by sharing the mussels, the grilled coconut corn (absolutely devine) and grilled prawns that are actually big and juicy. all very very good. The broths to all these dishes were something I never really had before. Rich, clean and hardy. Seems like they really take their pride in making these dishes. we wish they had some desserts though. I can see why they receive such press and attention. the room and decor is so pleasing, very nice to get lost in conversations with your friends. the music gets a bit loud, but it is very fun there. I really reccomend this place, I want to go back and try some of their sandwiches, I have heard they are amazing also.

2
★★★★★

wanted to try this place out, went there this weekend with some friends. First and foremost, the food is excellent. Starting off with the soups since they named themselves a noodle bar. the soups we had were the Phom penh katiev, the Filet mignon and the rice soup. We started off by sharing the mussels, the grilled coconut corn (absolutely devine) and grilled prawns that are actually big and juicy. all very very good. The broths to all these dishes were something I never really had before. Rich, clean and hardy. Seems like they really take their pride in making these dishes. we wish they had some desserts though. I can see why they receive such press and attention. the room and decor is so pleasing, very nice to get lost in conversations with your friends. the music gets a bit loud, but it is very fun there. I really reccomend this place, I want to go back and try some of their sandwiches, I have heard they are amazing also.

Pros: the best broth in the city

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They have the best bah mi like sandwiches in town and they are HUGE!!!!!!! I was there with a group of 4, tried these sadwiches: skirt steak.... beautiful!! Pork meatballs-- out of this world. The eggplant.. surreal!! the berkshire pork.......Awesome! I want to go back to try the oxtail sandwich. And it was fun to be there, the music playlist is so groovy.

2
★★★★★

They have the best bah mi like sandwiches in town and they are HUGE!!!!!!! I was there with a group of 4, tried these sadwiches: skirt steak.... beautiful!! Pork meatballs-- out of this world. The eggplant.. surreal!! the berkshire pork.......Awesome! I want to go back to try the oxtail sandwich. And it was fun to be there, the music playlist is so groovy.

Pros: The best sadwiches, great drinklist, great beer

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I don't think I've ever had an oxtail sandwhich before, so I have nothing to go on. But this is one awesome sandwhich. Never had anything like it. I went there with 3 friends, the place is hip and fun and really relaxing. We all shared their specialty soups that I couldn't get enough of either. The corn with coconut mayo?? so... so good. We only had a small issue with the service not getting our drinks on time, but what do expect it is the L.E.S.

2
★★★★★

I don't think I've ever had an oxtail sandwhich before, so I have nothing to go on. But this is one awesome sandwhich. Never had anything like it. I went there with 3 friends, the place is hip and fun and really relaxing. We all shared their specialty soups that I couldn't get enough of either. The corn with coconut mayo?? so... so good. We only had a small issue with the service not getting our drinks on time, but what do expect it is the L.E.S.

Pros: Oxtail sandwhich, Coconut corn, atmoshpere and music

Cons: off service

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Kampuchea is a fun place with a relaxed atmosphere. The food is good, though the menu is slightly limited (especially for vegetarians). The pho is more authentic than most other South East Asian restaurants around. Best idea is to share food with a group and just try a couple of different things.

2
★★★★☆

Kampuchea is a fun place with a relaxed atmosphere. The food is good, though the menu is slightly limited (especially for vegetarians). The pho is more authentic than most other South East Asian restaurants around. Best idea is to share food with a group and just try a couple of different things.

Pros: Atmosphere, cuisine (Cambodian food is so hard to find)

Cons: limited menu

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I have been hearing so much buzz about this restaurant that I had to set it up to fail...but I was so blown away. The corn...the eggplant sandwich...the filet mignon...the lychee fizz...I can go on. It was so yummy and so quaint - I can't wait to go back. Yes, there is a wait but the wait is for sure worth it. The vibe and energy makes it great for groups or just a fun upbeat dinner. Great design for a small space - little hints that make it all pull together. I LOVE IT! It's a must.

2
★★★★★

I have been hearing so much buzz about this restaurant that I had to set it up to fail...but I was so blown away. The corn...the eggplant sandwich...the filet mignon...the lychee fizz...I can go on. It was so yummy and so quaint - I can't wait to go back. Yes, there is a wait but the wait is for sure worth it. The vibe and energy makes it great for groups or just a fun upbeat dinner. Great design for a small space - little hints that make it all pull together. I LOVE IT! It's a must.

Pros: Food + Price

Cons: Service can be stepped up a bit

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I have been trying to go here since they opened. I live around the corner and brought my friends 6 times there. We finally got in the third time. Although it was a little frustrating the first two times, it is definately worth the wait. The food is really really good. I can safely say that we've tried pretty much everything on the menu. Their beef broths are amazing. Very hardy and clean. You can't get this anywhere. I have tried pretty much every noodle place in the city and their broths are so refreshingly healthy. I think my favorite out of the soups have to be the prawns 'katiew' ? The prawns are gigantic and fresh. And the filet soup is out of this world. Filet mignon in a soup??? who would have thought that you can serve filet mignon in a soup and make it so damn good. Things we've gotten that is to not miss. The grilled corn with coconut, the grilled skirt steak sandwhich and savory crepes. They are a little more expensive, but what would you rather have, real ingredients or chinatown 'msg'? I am so glad they are in my neighborhood.

2
★★★★★

I have been trying to go here since they opened. I live around the corner and brought my friends 6 times there. We finally got in the third time. Although it was a little frustrating the first two times, it is definately worth the wait. The food is really really good. I can safely say that we've tried pretty much everything on the menu. Their beef broths are amazing. Very hardy and clean. You can't get this anywhere. I have tried pretty much every noodle place in the city and their broths are so refreshingly healthy. I think my favorite out of the soups have to be the prawns 'katiew' ? The prawns are gigantic and fresh. And the filet soup is out of this world. Filet mignon in a soup??? who would have thought that you can serve filet mignon in a soup and make it so damn good. Things we've gotten that is to not miss. The grilled corn with coconut, the grilled skirt steak sandwhich and savory crepes. They are a little more expensive, but what would you rather have, real ingredients or chinatown 'msg'? I am so glad they are in my neighborhood.

Pros: damn good food

Cons: waiting, but you can drink

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I celebrated my birthday there this past week. (Although the wait was a bit long) WE LOVED IT. The filet soup is out of this world. The broths are amazing!! I can't wait to go back.... matter of fact.. I am craving it now... ta ta..

2
★★★★★

I celebrated my birthday there this past week. (Although the wait was a bit long) WE LOVED IT. The filet soup is out of this world. The broths are amazing!! I can't wait to go back.... matter of fact.. I am craving it now... ta ta..

Pros: Soups, crepes, grilled corn

Cons: they don't take reservations, dam!!

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noodle soup WAY too salty and hardly any noodles ...glass of wine was skimpy,crepes soggy, had much better vietnamese food for less than 1/2 the price at doyers vietnamese and other chinatown spots.
Music was too loud, uncomfortable communal seating. Tired of places charging more $ trying to be hipster but w/o the good food and ambience.

0
★☆☆☆☆

noodle soup WAY too salty and hardly any noodles ...glass of wine was skimpy,crepes soggy, had much better vietnamese food for less than 1/2 the price at doyers vietnamese and other chinatown spots.
Music was too loud, uncomfortable communal seating. Tired of places charging more $ trying to be hipster but w/o the good food and ambience.

Pros: uh-uh!

Cons: tons, I tells'ya!

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Kampuchea Noodle Bar made a great first impression on our most recent trip to New York. We stumbled upon it on 12/1/2006 (their second night opened) and were so pleased we came back to eat there again on Monday. The place, though small, is warm and inviting. The staff was friendly, enthusiastic and, although they weren't able to answer all my questions about the menu yet, they went the extra mile to go and find out. Although we found the seasoning uneven in the soup and stew selections we ordered, we had no arguement with the quality of the ingredients nor the quantity. The salads, sandwiches and crepes were amazing and the grilled corn just might become their signature dish. It seems unfair to expect a place that has just opened to have worked out every glitch yet but Kampuchea seems well on its way to working out the kinks and becoming a welcome fixture to the LES eating scene.

2
★★★★★

Kampuchea Noodle Bar made a great first impression on our most recent trip to New York. We stumbled upon it on 12/1/2006 (their second night opened) and were so pleased we came back to eat there again on Monday. The place, though small, is warm and inviting. The staff was friendly, enthusiastic and, although they weren't able to answer all my questions about the menu yet, they went the extra mile to go and find out. Although we found the seasoning uneven in the soup and stew selections we ordered, we had no arguement with the quality of the ingredients nor the quantity. The salads, sandwiches and crepes were amazing and the grilled corn just might become their signature dish. It seems unfair to expect a place that has just opened to have worked out every glitch yet but Kampuchea seems well on its way to working out the kinks and becoming a welcome fixture to the LES eating scene.

Pros: staff, ambiance and menu choices

Cons: some dishes unevenly seasoned

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Just had my third visit to this restaurant. it is always nice to see such improvements to an establisment that seems to care about everything they do. First the dining room and the open kitchen is so inviting and pleasing on the eye. I can sit there forever. I also heard that the chef owner built everything himself. I have been there with different friends, and I have to say that the food has become outstanding. I agree with the previous writer that you need to give places a chance to work through their problems. Anyone complaining about any restaurant just doesn't know what they are talking about. The corn, the crepes and their broths are the best thing I've tasted around the world. I have never tasted a 'pho' like broth like this. hands down.

2
★★★★★

Just had my third visit to this restaurant. it is always nice to see such improvements to an establisment that seems to care about everything they do. First the dining room and the open kitchen is so inviting and pleasing on the eye. I can sit there forever. I also heard that the chef owner built everything himself. I have been there with different friends, and I have to say that the food has become outstanding. I agree with the previous writer that you need to give places a chance to work through their problems. Anyone complaining about any restaurant just doesn't know what they are talking about. The corn, the crepes and their broths are the best thing I've tasted around the world. I have never tasted a 'pho' like broth like this. hands down.

Pros: food, decor, staff... worth all the hype

Cons: very few

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if only good intentions were enough. the staff here is super-sweet and well-intentioned, but to say that the food is lackluster is generous. i agree with the other reviewer that the veggie stew was honestly pretty bad- i mean, my fiance will seriously eat just about anything, particularly if it costs $14, but still only managed to get a few bites down (unprecedented in the 4 years i've known him). As for me, i don't mind paying extra for a fancy bowl of pho (filet mignon was nice and tender), but it definitely was not worth $16!!!! This is from someone whe NEVER complains about the cost of food or portion size. i mean seriously, i'll settle for the $4 chinatown version any day. In all fairness, the staff really is gracious and took the veggie stew off the check even though we didn't complain or ask them not to charge us (they just noticed we hadn't eaten it). As for my order of pho, I ate every last tiny morsel, plus the bowl and chopsticks because i was still hungry, therefore, i cannot fault them for charging me the full $16.

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★★★☆☆

if only good intentions were enough. the staff here is super-sweet and well-intentioned, but to say that the food is lackluster is generous. i agree with the other reviewer that the veggie stew was honestly pretty bad- i mean, my fiance will seriously eat just about anything, particularly if it costs $14, but still only managed to get a few bites down (unprecedented in the 4 years i've known him). As for me, i don't mind paying extra for a fancy bowl of pho (filet mignon was nice and tender), but it definitely was not worth $16!!!! This is from someone whe NEVER complains about the cost of food or portion size. i mean seriously, i'll settle for the $4 chinatown version any day. In all fairness, the staff really is gracious and took the veggie stew off the check even though we didn't complain or ask them not to charge us (they just noticed we hadn't eaten it). As for my order of pho, I ate every last tiny morsel, plus the bowl and chopsticks because i was still hungry, therefore, i cannot fault them for charging me the full $16.

Pros: nice atmosphere (though cramped), well-intentioned staff

Cons: mediocre food, overpriced

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This restaraunt must make a choice to change its food quality to price ratio. Either dramatically improve the tastiness and ingredients quality or lower prices. While the apps were good (grilled corn was memorable, shrimp crepes delicious), and the atmosphere was nice, the main courses were unacceptable and mispriced to boot. My wife had the sole veggie noodle offering, which was a stew that for all intents and purposes was gruel, akin to the stuff served at Rikers Island I would imagine. Moreover, they served her grilled bread on the side rather than noodles! And this veggie gruel dish was $16 - for vegetables? And I had the chicken noodle soup which tasted like Asian food you'd get in the Midwest with muted flavors, in part because the base derived its flavor from chicken stock rather than pork (like Momo) which is quite frankly the more important white meat. And there were so many bean sprouts, I felt like I was in a health food store. There are just way too many other compelling options in NYC more deserving of the stomache space

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★★★☆☆

This restaraunt must make a choice to change its food quality to price ratio. Either dramatically improve the tastiness and ingredients quality or lower prices. While the apps were good (grilled corn was memorable, shrimp crepes delicious), and the atmosphere was nice, the main courses were unacceptable and mispriced to boot. My wife had the sole veggie noodle offering, which was a stew that for all intents and purposes was gruel, akin to the stuff served at Rikers Island I would imagine. Moreover, they served her grilled bread on the side rather than noodles! And this veggie gruel dish was $16 - for vegetables? And I had the chicken noodle soup which tasted like Asian food you'd get in the Midwest with muted flavors, in part because the base derived its flavor from chicken stock rather than pork (like Momo) which is quite frankly the more important white meat. And there were so many bean sprouts, I felt like I was in a health food store. There are just way too many other compelling options in NYC more deserving of the stomache space

 

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