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Published May 14th 2012
Boutiques and franchise retailers, plus a host of restaurants line the cobblestone streets of Manhattan's neighborhood south of Houston Street—SoHo. Among the many eateries you can visit, Kelley and Ping, an Asian grocery and noodle shop on 127 Greene Street serves up delicious Pan-Asian fare.
Select your items from the menu, and place your order via the counter. Choose your table, and wait for your name or receipt number to be called out and your food items to be arranged on trays that you carry to your table.
A spacious open floor plan with wooden furnishings and overhead wooden fans afford comfortable, casual dining.
An army of warrior statues stands atop shelves in front of windows, towards the back of the noodle shop. Neatly lined up, in several rows—reminiscent of their life-sized terracotta counterparts in China.
Rows of statues sit atop shelves by the rear windows.
Catch up with friends or your family as tunes emanate from hidden speakers, and the clink of plates and glasses from the open kitchen add to the aura of being in an eatery in a faraway Asian destination.
As you chat, order some cocktails from the bar. Or refresh with a glass of Thai iced tea with milk, or a can of cold grass jelly drink.
Young patrons choose from a menu where child-sized portions of Pad Thai, a.k.a. "Naughty Noodles" are among their options.
A kid-sized serving of Naughty Noodles (Pad Thai).