Chopsticks are versatile tool, allowing diners to snare grains of rice, pick noodles out of soup, and practice their wishbone-breaking skills for next Thanksgiving. Chow down with chopsticks with today’s Groupon: for $26, you get a Thai meal for two at Hawkers (up to a $62 total value). The meal includes:
- Two snacks (up to an $8 value each)
- Two entrees (up to a $15 value each)
- Two glasses of wine (up to an $8 value each)
Hawkers’ chef Meng whips up a menu of authentic Thai cuisine to please guests’ palates as they dine around the restaurant’s festive center bar. Duos can awaken taste buds more effectively than by gnawing on an alarm clock with snacks such as duck buns, which encapsulate cucumbers, scallions, and hoisin sauce in a tender bunny capsule, or the endlessly amusing skewered satay of chicken or beef, ideal for tableside sword fighting once protein morsels have been snapped up. For culinary main events, servers haul steaming platefuls of pad thai, drunken noodles, or curry to diners who can accent the dish with their choice of chicken, beef, tofu, shrimp, or vegetables. The restaurant’s rectangular dining room, envious of the attention afforded tasty foodstuffs, attempts to glamour guests with its vibrant red walls and various pieces of art.
The red walls at Hawkers seem to ignite when set against the rich wooden bar, creating a colorful atmosphere that hosts good times and authentic Southeast Asian cuisine. Malaysian by birth, Chef Meng whips up authentic dishes such as coconut curry laksa soup and Thai-style barbecue Gai Yang chicken in an indonesian sweet soy dip sauce. Servers sling drinks such as beer and wine from behind a centrally located bar, keeping alive the electric atmosphere of socializing and chatter. As if the shadows of reveling guests, painted silhouettes of dancing, music-enjoying people cover the walls, adding a sense of space, like a placing a mirror where the windshield normally goes to make a car seem twice as roomy.
225 E 14th St.
Manhattan, New York 10003