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Lil Chef Mama

27 Cliff St

New York, NY 10038

Tribeca Film Festival is in full swing (both virtually and outdoors), and there are screenings happening everywhere from The Battery to Corona Park and Rockaway Beach. If you’re seeing a film at The Battery oval, check out this excellent new Thai restaurant that’s about a ten-minute walk away.

“Coming into the all-white dining room with high ceilings and bamboo accents at Lil Chef Mama in the Financial District made me forget all about the crowded cobblestone streets full of tourists and angry-looking business people right outside. What really excited me about this place, though, was a pan-fried and egg-battered chicken dish topped with a rich peanut sauce called ‘In Honor of The King.’ It’s one of the many chef specials here, and I was blown away by how such a light and airy fried chicken dish could hold its own (and even maintain a satisfying crunch) under such a generous heap of nutty dressing. Full and almost in tears, I ordered some of their excellent tom yum soup to-go and called it a night. I’ll be back with a group of friends who can help me work through the wide-ranging Thai menu here.”


Lil Chef Mama is a new Thai restaurant that recently moved from a small space in Tribeca to a large dining room in Fidi with skylights and hanging flowers. From pork belly noodle soup and sauteed frog legs to duck panang curry and deep-fried squid, the huge menu at Lil Chef Mama seems great for a big group meal in the area. The restaurant is open for takeout and indoor dining from 5-10pm every day, except Monday.

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