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The Spice Table: 99 Essential Restaurants 2013

PHOTO BY ANNE FISHBEIN

Think about what you love best about street food: the satays laced with lemongrass and galangal and tamarind, the noodle bowls filled with char sui and Manila clams and fried egg. Add snacks of fried potatoes, fired with incendiary amounts of sambal. Then throw in a cheeseburger (sambal! Kraft American cheese!) and possibly the best grilled pig's tail in town, to be happily picked apart and rolled up with herbs in handfuls of lettuce in Vietnamese fashion. Then imagine all that in a restaurant lit both by candles and a huge open grill, with birdcages swinging like chandeliers, housed in what looks like a pretty stone cottage on the edge of Little Tokyo. This odd miracle is the Spice Table, chef Bryant Ng's hodgepodge of his own Singaporean heritage, wife Kim's native Vietnam — and trace elements of Mozza, Ng's previous culinary home. Sometimes mash-ups work. In fact, sometimes they're revelatory. 114 S. Central Ave., dwntwn.; (213) 620-1840, thespicetable.com. Mon.-Thurs., 5:30-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 5:30-11 p.m.; brunch, Sat., 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Entrees $13-$25. Beer and wine.

 

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The 99 Essential Restaurants List:

A-Frame
Alma
Angelini Osteria
Animal
Attari Sandwich Shop
Bäco Mercat
Bar Amá
The Bazaar
Bestia
BierBeisl
Bludso's
Cacao Mexicatessen
Canelé
La Casita Mexicana
Cemitas Poblanas Elviritas
Chichen Itza
Chung King
Cole's
Coni'Seafood
Cube Cafe & Marketplace
Din Tai Fung
Eva
Father's Office
Fred 62
Gjelina
Golden Deli
Go's Mart
Il Grano
Guelaguetza
Guisados
Hatfield's
Ha Tien Quan
Hawkins House of Burgers
Hayat's Kitchen
El Huarache Azteca
Huckleberry
The Hungry Cat
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Jar
Jitlada
JTYH Heavy Noodle II
Kang Ho Dong Baekjong
Kiriko
Kiyokawa
Kogi Truck
Krua Siri
L&E Oyster Bar
Langer's
Little Dom's
Lucques
Ludo Truck
Lukshon
Mariscos Jalisco
Matsuhisa
Meals by Genet
Mélisse
Milo and Olive
Mo-Chica
Musso & Frank
Nem Nuong Ninh Hoa
Nickel Diner
Night + Market
Oinkster
Osteria Mozza
Pann's
Pa-Ord Noodle
El Parian
Park's BBQ
Philippe the Original
Picca
Pink's
Pizzeria Mozza
Playa
Pollo a la Brasa
Providence
R&R Soul Food
Ración
Red Medicine
Ricky's Fish Tacos
Rivera
Rocio's Moles de los Dioses
Salt's Cure
Sapp Coffee Shop
Savoy Kitchen
Sea Harbour
Shanghai No. 1 Village Seafood
Soban
Son of a Gun
Sotto
Spago
The Spice Table
Superba Snack Bar
Tacos Leo
The Tasting Kitchen
Tavern
Tsujita LA
Vincenti Ristorante
Wurstküche
Zam Zam Market

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