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Driggs Nov 28, 2005 10:46 AM

I have never been crazy about Joya on court street. The food is not great enough to nudge me past the over the top hippness. And there is much better thai in other parts of Outer boroughs. But it has delivered pretty competent spicy food in past. But I have had two disapointing meals in a row. Just wondering if I am the only one to have this experiance.

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    Driggs RE: Driggs Nov 28, 2005 10:53 AM

    After posting, saw some recent posts on same subject. And reminded me that TUK TUK on smith was a better option even before I felt JOYA had gone downhill. Guess its a slam dunk now.

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      lotsanivanh RE: Driggs Nov 28, 2005 05:53 PM

      joya is absolutely not worth the time...

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        anita_cocktail RE: lotsanivanh Jan 9, 2006 12:02 PM

        Tuk Tuk is much better than other Court/smith st options. The "duckaholic" is dyn-o-mite.
        The occasional live music on the weekend however makes me turn and run.

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      nadiav RE: Driggs Jul 21, 2006 12:04 PM

      Yes, Joya seems to have lost it. Lowered their quality on the chicken-very gristly.

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        nizzer RE: Driggs Jul 21, 2006 01:57 PM

        I agree as well. And the same goes for it's off-shoot Song in Park Slope. Never had the greatest food but was a reliable, cheap, LOUD but fun place to go with friends especially out back. But on my last two trips the food was pretty bad. We had to return the mussell app b/c more than half of them were stringy and dried out.

        1. mdog RE: Driggs Jul 21, 2006 02:19 PM

          I agree. With one exception. Their Pad Thai is still one of the best I've ever had in Brooklyn. I had it about a month ago and it was still really good.

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            Fleur RE: Driggs Jul 21, 2006 09:37 PM

            I have to disagree. I think the food at JOYA is very good. Everything is high quality with fresh ingredients.

            We had a great dinner at JOYA this week. The appetizers , Chicken Sate with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Salad and Spring Rolls, were good. The main dishes, Jumbo Shrimp with vegetables in a Sweet and Sour Red Curry Coconut Sauce served over Pad Thai, was exceptionally good. The other dish was Mixed Vegetables in Spicy Basil Sauce served with Jasmine Rice.

            It may not be the most "authentic" Thai food I have ever had, but it is tasty, well prepared from fresh ingredients, and the price is right...huge portions at very low prices.

            We found Tuk Tuk to be an unappetizing place. Dingy, not the cleanest,more of a take out/luncheonette style place than a real restaurant.

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              LJW RE: Driggs Aug 18, 2006 02:55 PM

              I saw that Tuk Tuk closed and another Thai restaurant was opening in its place. Has it opened yet? Anyone have any info?

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                Cheesy RE: Driggs Aug 18, 2006 03:04 PM

                Tuk Tuk fans should note that just before they closed, they had a “less then glowing” notice from the department of health on their door. Let's hope they did more then change their name.

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                  Matt M. RE: Driggs Aug 19, 2006 02:10 AM

                  I also have to disagree. I think for a while Joya was going downhill. Perhaps a new chef or they shifted the chef to Song when it opened? I don't know. But, we have had about 4 or 5 pretty good meals from over the last 2 months. Their food is back to being very tasty, less salty, and seems fresher.

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                    jdf RE: Driggs Aug 19, 2006 12:21 PM

                    I don't know. I was there about a month ago and had the drunken noodles. I asked for them spicy (which it should be anyway) and he said he'd bring the spices to the table for me to add. The dish tasted completely one-dimensional and was only saved by trial and error of me adding different spices myself. Was very disappointed. Not expecting it to be on par with the top Thai places, but to at least show the multi-flavored dimensions of Thai food.

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                      Matt M. RE: jdf Aug 29, 2006 01:56 PM

                      The first few times we went to Joya years ago we had similar issues. I think they were afraid that their idea of spicy is a lot spicier than most diners' idea of spicy. Once they saw that we truly liked it spicy, the dishes came the way they were intended. It may help, although, shouldn't be necessary, to ask for it VERY spicy.

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