Laut is a surprisingly interesting place to eat near Union Square. You don’t expect to find this many varieties of southeast-Asian food less than two blocks from both a Gap and an H&M. But there it is - and it’s surprisingly low-key. This is a good place for a casual weeknight dinner (or a quick dinner with the parents), but if you stop by, do us one favor: don’t order pad thai. This restaurant does Thai, Malaysian, and Singaporean food, and we recommend trying something from one of the latter two groups. Get the laksa - it's like if curry and ramen had a child, and it’s one of the great soups of the world. Or go with the rendang curry. Overall, Laut is about one step above the place where you get your weekly Thai delivery. It isn't mind-blowing, but if you're in the area craving Thai (or Malaysian), stop on in.