After she left Centro Vinoteca, Top Chefs Leah Cohen (whose mother is Filipino) spent more than a year touring Southeast Asia. Since returning to town, shes mostly been doing private dinners (youll 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, theyll open a still-unnamed restaurant serving upscale Southeast Asian street food in the former Sal Anthonys 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, were told) when Cohen stints at LTO next week.
From May 23 through 27, shell 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 havent yet made it to LTO, heres a video produced by Angelo Fabara and shot by ListenIn Pictures, documenting R.J. Coopers pop-up there. The guy did say he liked mushroom jazz.