Kelly and Ping
Kelly and Ping is my favorite Soho lunch stop. The restaurant is located on Greene Street between Houston and Prince. I believe that they opened up about 8 years ago and the food is still excellent.
The concept is diner style Asian street food. Heavy Thai and Malaysian influence. There are a variety of soups where you can pick you noodles, decide on pork or chicken or dumplings too with bok choy. At the tables there are spices to jazz up your soup to your desire. The noodle dishes are good too. Pad Thai and Yew See is top. Flavorful and perfectly made.
Wait in line. Order. Watch the guys in the back cook it up. Grab a seat. They call your name. Pick up your order.
Never had a bad meal there yet. Today was one of those days where I just wanted a good bowl of soup. Kelly and Ping was the perfect choice. I’m sorry I wasn’t with more people because I just was dying for a bite of Pad Thai and a dumpling. Next time.
It opened about 10 years ago. I used to love it for dinner (never made it for lunch). About 4 years ago it started to go down hill. Long time staff disappeared, replaced by not so friendly people. The food looked the same on the menu, but not on the plate.
It’s been mostly empty when I’ve walked by lately.
PS: It played a great scene in great expectations
I wish it was as good as it used to be.