Meddling Mom Shapes Homestyle Thai Fare at Uncle Boons Sister


Uncle Boons Sister, the latest restaurant from husband-wife chef duo Ann Redding and Matt Danzer, might be a spin-off, but in some ways, the Thai takeout spot is more of a family operation than their flagship Nolita restaurant Uncle Boons.

When they decided to convert Mr. Donahue’s into their long-ruminating idea for Thai takeout, they’d just had their first child, a boy named Leo, now around five months old. Redding’s mother came to town for three weeks after he was born, which meant she helped with the baby — but also doled out her opinion during their testing of dishes for the restaurant, whether Redding or Danzer wanted it or not. (“It was a great help, but a little stressful,” Redding says.)

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