Winters in New York City can be brutal…and this year has proven itself to be up there in the ranks of brutal winters. To escape the harsh season taking a trip to the southern hemisphere is always the most appropriate getaway- unfortunately that kind of getaway is not something I have time for. What I do have time for though is an exquisite dinner. One that is hearty, delicious and unique all at the same time, and I can definitely say I found that at Betel.
Betel takes its name from the edible leaves on betel plants that grow throughout Southeast Asia-particularly Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India. I tried the betel leaf filled with Vietnamese braised wagyu beef- recommend! Also tried the Vietnamese pancake with prawns and it was beautiful to look at and even better to eat. The menu is so varied you can’t really go wrong with the quality of ingredients used-freshness is evident in everything from greens to seafood. My final rave on Betel is in their cocktails. I indulged myself in a Tokyo Cup and would do so again gladly.
So if you’re feeling adventurous and in need of something warm and out of the norm- venture down to the West Village to treat your taste buds- and don’t be scared to eat the betel leaf- you will live with unknown regret if you do!
Betel. 51 Grove Street. http://www.betelnyc.com/