LES recomendations on a Friday night?
Andrea, can you clarify? Do you really mean the LES which is SOUTH of Houston or the East Village which is North of Houston where the two restaurants you mentioned are located. These are not the same neighborhood, but people seem to be equating them recently.
Anyway, in the LES Kuma Inn, Sticky Rice, Kuta, Kampuchea are all good. And they're all SE Asian.
in the E. Village I like Mingala (Burmese), Thai on Two, Banjara (nice Indian), Cyclo (Vietnamese), Pylos (greek), Itzocan (Aztec, can be crowded cause it's small), Boku (Korean), and Mancora (Peruvian).