Leah Cohen is known to New Yorkers as the former executive chef at Centro Vinoteca, and to the rest of the nation as a runner-up on Season 5 of Top Chef. She spent the last year cooking, eating, and trekking around Southeast Asia (and keeping a travel blog) and now returns to New York to open a Gramercy restaurant that showcases "the bold flavors of Asian street food."
But in the meantime, she's previewing the menu of that restaurant at LTO, the semi-permanent Chinatown establishment that opened earlier this year as a space for chefs to rotate through in a series of one-week pop-up stints. All week, she's been serving a set menu that progresses from a crisp-bottomed mussel omelet to pork neck with watermelon to cod with cockles and Chinese sausage in a yuzu-dashi broth.
Cohen has two more nights at LTO (Thursday, May 26; Friday, May 27), and reservations are still available. $85 for the five-course menu pictured here; $55 for a three-course version.