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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.

Kelley and Ping is at 127 Greene Street in SoHo.

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.

The decor lends to the venue's Asian vibe.

You can't help but feel as if you've been transported to Asia as you enjoy your fare amidst smiling masks, fans and bagua (ba-gwa) mirrors that complement walls with cheery reds and Asian prints.

Bright and colorful Asian decor grace the walls. Containers of chopsticks and bottles of hot chili sauce sit atop tables.

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).

Entrée items include Japanese curry, Chow Fun and Thai noodles.

Japanese curry - green curry and vegetables over white rice.

Chow Fun noodles with vegetables and slices of duck in duck broth.

An order of Thai noodles.

Some folks linger for a bit to eat as they read local newspapers, which can be picked up and returned to the bar counter.

Sit at the bar or order a cocktail to enjoy at your table.

In case you're inspired to concoct some Asian dishes of your own at home, peruse the shelves for some grocery items before you depart.

Soy sauce, chili sauce and other Asian essentials are available for purchase.

With your loot of ingredients in a bag and a brief, but enjoyable reprieve in an Asian-themed venue, you're all set to return to the bustling streets of the Big Apple for more shopping and exploring.
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Why? Enjoy a culinary trip to Asia without leaving NYC.
When: Open daily. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Dinner, 5:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Where: 127 Greene Street (near Prince Street), New York
Cost: Prices vary.
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