452 Amsterdam Ave
New York, NY 10024
David Bank, born and raised in Thailand, moved to New York City in 1995. He began culinary training with such notable chefs as Jean Georges Vongerichten (JoJo, Spice Market, Matsugen) and Tadashi Ono (Matsuri).
David went on to learn and master French and American cuisine at the venerable 21 Club and then to another New York icon, The Russian Tea Room.
David opened his first restaurant, Land Thai Kitchen on Amsterdam Avenue in 2005. Land Thai quickly became a neighborhood favorite, featuring innovative Thai cuisine at a great value in a stylish setting. Two years later, he opened a second restaurant, Land Northeast Thai on Second Avenue, integrating dishes of Northeastern Thailand.
In May 2009, David realized his life-long dream of creating a restaurant featuring delicious European-inspired cuisine using local produce and created Recipe.
In October 2010, with three successful restaurants up and running, David created PURE Thai Cookhouse in Hell’s Kitchen, featuring homemade noodles from a prized family recipe.
Most recently, inspiration struck during family meals at Land Thai Kitchen, where the home cooking of his Sous Chef Pedro Hernandez Perez wowed David. In December 2102, David Bank opened Cocina Economica Mexico in the former Recipe space, presenting Chef Perez and his native cuisine of Mexico.