Malai will open in early December in the space formerly known as Tom Tom Noodle House. The focus is “the moderately priced, casual restaurant will offer classical Thai and Vietnamese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.” Details below.
West Village is proud to confirm the lease for Malai – Thai Vietnamese Kitchen, which will occupy the former Tom Tom Noodle House restaurant space.
Scheduled to open in early December, the moderately priced, casual restaurant will offer classical Thai and Vietnamese cuisine with an emphasis on fresh, local ingredients.
Malai owners, Braden and Yasmin Wages, graduates of Cornell University’s School of Hospitality Management, have trained with Hillstone Restaurant Group, owner of Houston’s Restaurants.
Previously serving as general manager of R+D Kitchen and assistant general manager of Park Restaurant, respectively, the two up-and-comers believe their combined experience will contribute to the success of their new venture. “We are very excited to open our first restaurant in West Village,” said Yasmin. “There is a lot of positive energy here, and an appetite for a cultural culinary experience.”
Featuring design elements such as bamboo tabletops, wood floors and locally designed light fixtures, Malai will offer diners guests an inspired dining experience. The restaurant will also feature an open kitchen, dramatic open-air patio, and an active bar scene offering specialty cocktails.
The menu, developed by Braden and Yasmin, will offer gastronomically creative renditions of traditional Thai and Vietnamese dishes. Signature dishes will feature fresh summer rolls, Kobe beef tartar, Vietnamese beef noodle soup (Pho Bo), and the always classic Pad Thai.