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need great thai or french vietnemese restaurant

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zar212 Dec 4, 2006 06:40 PM

any suggestions??

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    Jefferstone Dec 4, 2006 06:44 PM

    Rain can be fun. The food ranges from good to excellent. Below is posting from menupages.com. Good luck....

    Rain ($$$$)
    Malaysian, Thai, Vietnamese, Pan-Asian & Pacific Rim

    100 W 82nd St, New York 10024
    Btwn Amsterdam & Columbus Ave

    OpenTable Reservation

    Phone: 212-501-0776

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      zar212 Dec 4, 2006 06:52 PM

      been to rain - love it and looking for something similar but downtown..any other suggestions?

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      Foodluva Dec 4, 2006 06:56 PM

      Do a quick search of the boards for Safran. Its in Chelsea and has gotten some good early feedback from fellow Chowhounders. I believe it's french Vietnamese.

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        Lucia Dec 4, 2006 07:13 PM

        Safran is French Vietnamese. The space is very pretty (esp. downstairs), and the food on my one visit was good.

      2. seal Dec 4, 2006 07:15 PM

        There's always Kittichai on thompson st in soho.

        When I am in the neighborhood and want drinks with
        my food, I love that place.

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          zar212 Dec 4, 2006 07:17 PM

          that is what i actually had in mind - i have never been but heard good things - just wasnt sure because it is in a hotel..have you ever heard of Hurapan Kitchen?

          1. jenniebnyc Dec 5, 2006 12:04 AM

            check out HIGHLINE

            http://nychighline.com/

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              zar212 Dec 5, 2006 02:28 PM

              looks very cool - have you actually been?

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                jenniebnyc Dec 5, 2006 03:13 PM

                yes, great atmosphere, reasonable prices and good food
                a bit sceney with a downtown type crowd

            2. AKR Dec 5, 2006 01:49 AM

              It's been a long time (ten years plus) since I've been to Le Colonial (57th / 3rd) but it was a solid, but pricey French Vietnamese place. I think the great Vietnamese places are mostly downtown -- try all the little places on Baxter Street in Chinatown.

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                zar212 Dec 5, 2006 02:29 PM

                love it there - exactly the kind of place i am looking for but we went there 2 years ago for tsame occassion so i was looking for someplace we have never been

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                Pan Dec 5, 2006 05:32 AM

                Bao Noodles, perhaps?

                1. seal Dec 5, 2006 10:36 AM

                  Whether or not you choose to go to Kittichai, don't let the location make your decision. The place is gorgeous and completely separate from the hotel.

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                    zar212 Dec 5, 2006 02:29 PM

                    and good food? i dont mind spending money for a great meal but some of these places are over the top

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                      bussy26 Dec 5, 2006 02:52 PM

                      I just posted about this place. Try Ama ya on 4th between A & B and you will be very pleased. Its not uber fancy but the food is excellent.

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                      foodie229 Dec 5, 2006 03:07 PM

                      kittichai atmosphere is great and food is very good.
                      there is peep in soho, tigerland in the east village.

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                        Sweatshirt Guy Dec 5, 2006 08:38 PM

                        Highline has a good buzz to it. The food I thought was just average though, It is reasonably priced.

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                          careyurban Dec 6, 2006 06:13 PM

                          Breeze on 9th Ave. and about 44th St. (maybe 45th?)
                          Thai/French fusion. I've eaten there many times and taken lots of people and everyone has always been impressed w/the food. Best pad thai I've ever had! Creative menu.
                          very hip decor-not exactly my taste, a bit too Madonna, (big film screen showing music videos & music is louder than I like), but worth it. Full bar.

                          1. seal Dec 7, 2006 10:17 AM

                            I found the food at Kittichai to be both interesting and tasty. Most everything I had, from the drinks to the sweets was fresh, well-prepared and worth having.

                            It is certainly not your papaya salad and panang kind of place, but more upscale and slighly different. Worth a trip, or more than one ;o)

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                              jem Dec 7, 2006 07:10 PM

                              sleeper with great thai and vietnamese food...tigerland, on ave a in the ev. chix coconut soup, papaya salad, angel wings, banh xiao...really fresh ingredients.

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