Kelly & Ping

KELLY & PING

127 Greene Street bet. Houston & Prince Streets
212.228.1212

Kelley & Ping serves Pan-Asian fare on a cobblestoned street in SoHo--not in the gritty alleyways of Chinatown, so don't expect 100% authenticity. However, the atmosphere is stylish and lofty, the menu features a nice variety of curries, noodle soups, and small bites, and the prices are decent. Just order at the counter and pick a seat.

As a plus, it was featured in one of my favorite scenes in Great Expectations: Finn finds Estella's table and asks her to dance. The two start slow-dancing in the middle of the restaurant, then rush out the door, into the rain, and start kissing. She's wearing a Donna Karan evening dress and there are Chinese lacquered roast ducks hanging on hooks by the open kitchen. I mean, how amazing is that?