After she left Centro Vinoteca, Top Chef’s Leah Cohen (whose mother is Filipino) spent more than a year touring Southeast Asia. Since returning to town, she’s mostly been doing private dinners (you’ll recall she had a night at What Happens When). Now Gabriel Scott-Dicker tells us that Cohen is teaming with his company, PPX Hospitality, and this fall, they’ll open a still-unnamed restaurant serving “upscale Southeast Asian street food” in the former Sal Anthony’s space at 17th Street and Irving Place. Wait — Southeast Asian? Hey, it worked for another Top Chef alum, Harold Dieterle. As it happens, you can preview some of the items that will likely be on the menu (mostly Thai dishes with Malaysian and Filipino touches, we’re told) when Cohen stints at LTO next week.
From May 23 through 27, she’ll serve a five-course, $85 menu. Reservations are available via OpenTable, and seatings are from 6 till 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and till 11 p.m. on Friday. If you haven’t yet made it to LTO, here’s a video produced by Angelo Fabara and shot by ListenIn Pictures, documenting R.J. Cooper’s pop-up there. The guy did say he liked mushroom jazz.