$44 for a Michelin-Starred, Three-Course Tasting Menu of Thai and Malaysian Fare for Two at Laut (Up to $92 Value)

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In a Nutshell

  • Michelin starred & Zagat rated
  • New York Times acclaimed
  • Thai & Malaysian cuisine
  • Three-course menu

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Jan 24, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per table, 2 per tables of 4 or more. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Thai cuisine depends upon the balance of five flavor groups, just as boy bands require five distinct personalities. Taste all five flavors with today's Groupon: for $44, you get a three-course tasting menu for two at Laut (up to a $92 value).

Laut has garnered a Michelin star and praise in the New York Times for its dressed up interpretations of authentic Thai and Malaysian street fare. Order from a special three-course menu for Groupon customers, which combines some of Laut's favorite entrees with exclusive dishes. The three courses for two include:

  • Two appetizers (up to an $18 value)
  • Two chicken, beef, shrimp and squid, or veggie entrees (up to a $60 value)
  • Two desserts (up to a $14 value)


Meals begin with a choice of six appetizers, including grilled skewers of chicken satay and a piquant papaya salad tossed with sweet basil, mint, cilantro, and spicy peanut vinaigrette. Nuanced flavors and spices mingle in an array of main courses such as the Groupon-exclusive asam lemak udang, a colorful presentation of lemongrass, garlic, and sour-spicy coconut milk with shrimp and vegetables. In the clay pot noodle, another select Groupon offering, snow peas and napa carrots tightrope walk across thin egg noodles suspended over a pot of egg sauce gravy. Bellies can achieve peace of mind with a final dessert course of sweets such as mango sticky rice and green tea-flavored flan.

Laut's exposed brick walls and pressed-tin ceiling frame an elegant interior, where small painted flowers wind around eclectic lanterns and soft track lighting casts a dusky glow upon the dining room. Long banquettes face sleek stone-topped tables flanked by flowers and plants, which convert diners' exhaled carbon monoxide into fresh, curry-scented oxygen.

Laut

“Some New York restaurants hide behind unmarked entrances and velvet ropes. Laut hides behind its menu: a pan-Asian thicket of sushi, Thai soups and Chinese noodles,” said Julia Moskin of the New York Times. While the menu might be robust enough to provide shelter during hide-and-seek, the restaurant doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity, as the Asian fusion cuisine has garnered a Michelin star.

The food owes its authentic flavor to the owners, Malaysian natives Kathy Wong and Michael Bong, whose generations-old Malaysian recipes sing a culinary siren song to both city natives and tourists. The couple's kitchen staff only works with fresh ingredients, which go into the restaurant's signature sauces and flavor-infusions, including sweet chili sauce, tamarind dressing, and coconut rice. The eatery also houses a sushi bar, where the chefs do more rolling than an inner tube dropped from the top of Mount Everest. Its ample options and welcoming dining room make Laut “well worth a visit,” says Moskin. Laut is the parent restaurant to Pasar Malam in Williamsburg, Brooklyn also featured on Groupon.

Customer Reviews

Not for those who like quiet restaurants. Great food but the noise level deters from the pleasure. Maybe best to go at lunch time.
Catherine S. · June 25, 2015
Go with friends and order a couple of things to go "family-style" so you can many things! It's all great!
Jan J. · February 17, 2014
Will definitely visit again
Jim B. · August 22, 2012

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