What a lovely place! Khe-Yo offers “Laotian-inspired Southeast Asian cuisine” in the heart of Tribeca. It wasn’t very crowded when we arrived for a Tuesday lunch, and was mostly empty by the time we left. So while the reading suggests that it was absolutely serene, please keep in mind that Khe-Yo will be louder when full.
That said, Khe-Yo has a balance of hard and soft surfaces. The wood floors are unfinished and the brick walls are not sealed, both of which could possibly absorb some sound, something that isn’t likely with more highly finished surfaces. Fabric wall hangings are placed around the main dining area, and they probably helped to abate sound–they surely didn’t reflect it. Upholstered banquettes circled the room, adding yet another relatively soft surface.
There was music was playing in the background during our visit. It was at a perfect volume–loud enough to recognize what was playing but not so loud as to force people to scream over it–and the choice of music was neither jarring nor inappropriate.
We enjoyed our meal, and our Vietnamese coffees–one hot, one iced–were first rate. Khe-yo’s space is attractive and comfortable, and we found it very relaxing.
Given the vibe of the place and the materials used in its design, we think that Khe-Yo should be tolerable even when fairly full. You will be hard pressed to find a more relaxed, comfortable spot in Tribeca. We were very happy with our visit and intend to return to confirm that Khe-Yo is comfortable during dinner or brunch service.
Monday through Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Thursday and Friday: 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Saturday: 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Sunday: 12:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
157 Duane Street (betw. West B’way and Hudson Street), New York, NY 10013