My biggest disappointment in an otherwise great meal at Zaab Elee last night was that they'd run out of Beer Lao. Are there any retailers in Manhattan or the Outer Boroughs who might carry Beer Lao?
Vientiane is a long way to go to pick up a 6 pack.
Dual Specialty Foods on 1st Ave. has it. It's near the Indian beers.
Also sold here: two occasional Chowhound cravings, fresh curry leaves and bhut jolokia "ghost" chiles (dried at this time of year, fresh in summer). Look for both near the cash register.
Dual Specialty Store
91 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003
Thai restaurant, Mangez Avec Moi, on W Bway in Tirbeca, has Beer Lao. The chef is from Laos, and if asked will make some Isaan/Lao dishes to enjoy with your Beer Lao. I have not been there in a while, I assume nothing has changed
Mangez Avec Moi
71 W Broadway, New York, NY 10007
An Choi on Orchard Street has it for 5 dollars, both dark and the other.
How is the food at Zabb Elee?
Here is An Choi:
Have not eaten there, but could be good. The atmosphere fits its art gallery location, and is very tasteful, not over done.
85 Orchard St, New York, NY 10002