Wayan shares some DNA with Meatpacking club-restaurants. The dark space could be in a beachfront resort in Bali, and the menu includes a “chiquita daiquiri” and $14 chicken satay. But this Indonesian spot from Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s son isn’t a place to impress investment banking associates in 1999. It’s a Nolita restaurant where you should go for a casual date, and share spicy, perfectly charred octopus and grilled clams topped with coconut flakes. Just know that the entrees aren’t as good as the small plates, so this place is best for drinks and appetizers in the casual bar area.
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