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Reka's - White Plains

Dim Sum Diva Jul 7, 2006 03:50 PM

There have been many posts about this place in recent months, and the general consensus was disappointment. Just wanted to let you know that Westchester magazine reviewed the place this month and basically had the same sentiment: "Eh!"

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    Avalondaughter Aug 5, 2007 06:10 AM

    It's been years since anyone has said anything good about Reka's.

    I discovered Thai food when I was in college (won't say how many years ago) and soon I was in all Thai all the time mode. For my birthday one year, I asked my family to take me to Reka's because I heard it was the best Thai place around.

    I had a very nice meal. I can't complain they way they do now. But in the end, I didn't think it was any better than what I could get at Bangkok Thai in Mamaroneck, which is a hole in the wall without one fifth of Reka's ambience.

    Back in the days when it was supposed to be the best, I didnt' think it was superior. Now I keep hearing about how it's all downhill, so I can't imagine what it's like now.

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    1. re: Avalondaughter
      scharffenberger Aug 6, 2007 03:36 PM

      What di tiy recommend ordering at Bangkok Thai in Mamaroneck?

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      laylag Mar 25, 2007 06:44 AM

      Never been to Reka's - and now certainly won't go - but had to say this is the most entertaining thread I've read in quite a while.

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        sausagekingofny Mar 25, 2007 09:53 PM

        From what I hear desperate times mean desperate measures. I went there twice and will not go back. The food like many posts are saying is mediocre at best and both times I was there my bill was "fluffed" with something I did not order, one time was a soda and the other a dessert. They were taken off once I mentioned it.

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          MisterBill2 Mar 27, 2007 08:57 PM

          Yes, definitely entertaining. I wonder if there is any way to get Liz Johnson from the Journal News (Liz, you there?) to do a piece about this. Probably not, as I don't think they like to say bad things about restaurants in their newspaper.

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            Dim Sum Diva Mar 30, 2007 05:31 AM

            I think you'd be better off with Channel 12 or one of those local news stations with a "trouble shooter". Or even Zagat's next survey.

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              MisterBill2 Mar 31, 2007 01:50 PM

              Sadly, the Zagat survey just closed (and I forgot to submit so I don't get a free copy - bah!). But they do have a message board so you can post comments like this.

        2. JMF Mar 24, 2007 08:27 AM

          Wow, that's funnny. She did the same thing with me the last time I was there. Except it was with food. I asked her a question about appetizers and entree's. We talked for a bit and then I placed my order. When our food arrived she had brought out an extra app. and entree and said we should try them and that we would like them. (We didn't. All the food was mediocre)

          After the meal the extra dishes she sent us were on the bill. I refused to pay and she made a big deal saying we ate it so we have to pay. She got very shrill when I told her politely what she could do with those extra dishes, as well as how lousy the food was. She got very upset and VERY loud when I told her that I had studied at two different culinary schools in Thailand and that the food wasn't very good OR authentic. I stopped arguing with her because the whole place was staring.

          I then dialed 911 on my cell phone and called the police. I then told her in a nice loud voice that I was going to wait outside for the police to arrive and I walked outside. I had a nice chat with the police, they had a nice chat with her, and the police told me to leave without paying anything!

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            onethinmint Mar 24, 2007 09:29 AM

            And she is still in business? Amazing.

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              spa Mar 24, 2007 11:17 AM

              I wonder if anyone has ever reported her to the Better Business Bureau?

            2. re: JMF
              lucyis Mar 24, 2007 12:05 PM

              Wow! Good for you! I don't know that I would have the courage to do what you did but I applaud you. What she is doing is down right fraud. She reminds me of the stories of "B girls" who were instructed by the bar owners to pretend to drink while having men buy them liquor.

            3. Sommelier Mar 23, 2007 11:00 AM

              Reka is a most cordial hostess?

              We were about halfway through our meal when Reka came over, introduced herself and sat down at our table (uninvited!). She asked how we liked our wine. She told the waitress to bring another bottle, and a glass. The wine was opened, she tasted it, and we all were poured. "Thank you very much" I said. She drank her glass, got up and left.

              Long story short: the bottle that she ordered was on our check. I asked her about and she said that we drank it, so we had to pay for it.

              Never, ever again will we go there!

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                amanda3571 Mar 23, 2007 11:31 AM

                I would NEVER have paid for that bottle! That is despicable service.

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                  onethinmint Mar 23, 2007 11:34 AM

                  Why did you agree to pay for it?

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                    Marge Mar 23, 2007 03:23 PM

                    Question of the year...no, decade!

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                      Sommelier Aug 4, 2007 12:59 PM

                      Actually, I didn't. I subtracted the amount plus the tax on it, added the tip for the rest of the meal, signed and left... my receipt in my wallet. I was not charged for it in the end.

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                      momof3 Mar 23, 2007 02:10 PM

                      That is truly unbelievable! I was just driving by there today, as I do often and saw a group leaving. I haven't seen anyone there in months. Wonder why?
                      Good thing we have this forum to spread the word, good and bad.

                    3. swept Jul 13, 2006 08:56 PM

                      Actually if you want great thai food - check out the Thai Garden in Sleepy Hollow!! Went there with a group a few weeks ago - they have a very wide selection on their menu - the appetizers are wonderful!! (Entres are great too - I had something with shrimp, chicken and noodles with a gingery sauce --don't remember the name of the dish, but it was mm delicious! Remember, parking is problematic in Sleepy Hollow - Thai Garden does have limited free valet parking - here's the link: http://www.thethaigarden.com//htm/ind...

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                        FOOD IS LIFE Jul 9, 2006 02:13 AM

                        I've always had a good meal at Reka's. I also find Reka to be quite personable. She is a most cordial hostess.

                        1. adamclyde Jul 7, 2006 06:03 PM

                          wow. westchester magazine giving an "eh"? That's like paula abdul actually critiquing someone on american idol. almost unheard of.

                          Good to know there is consensus around on Reka's... I still need to get out and try some of the newer thai places in new rochelle and greenwich...

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                          1. re: adamclyde
                            PlasticMoonRain Mar 24, 2007 09:54 PM

                            I have seen Westchester magazine give a number of non-favorable reviews and it was pretty clear how they felt.

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