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May 16, 2007 02:12 PM

Land Thai UES - awful!

I'd been excited to try this, since my friends had been saying it was really solid. The decor was great, the service very nice, and the mixed appetizer plate, delicious. The rest of the food? NOT good! I got the Wok Vegetable Medley with Tofu napa cabbage, cauliflower, snow peas, broccoli, tomato with ginger-garlic sauce, which was the most boring I've ever had (I realize it's not an exciting dish, but it was zero flavor!) and my sis got the pad thai, and I'm a big pad thai fan - this had ZERO flavor and the noodles were overcooked and limp.

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  1. We've ordered from them several times (hoping it would get better) and it hasn't. I agree and we're giving up.

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    1. in 6 visits or so i have never had a bad meal at land

      1. Maybe you just ordered the wrong thing. I ordered one of the noodle dishes and it was incredibly spicy, too spicy really, but that was my own fault b/c they told me it was going to be spicy and I just assumed it would be like all other thai restaurants in Manhattan. I was wrong. As you stated, the mixed app plate is amazing and the decor nice and service very good. So not sure how you could title your post as "awful".

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        1. re: esyle

          As soon as the appetizers were done, I found the rest of the food barely edible, hence the "awful".

          1. re: Jel212

            But getting past the decor, service and apps, which you agree were perfectly pleasant, you made a wrong choice on the "rest of your food", your 2 entrees. Again, my experience is if all the above were horrendous, "awful" would be a good word. But 2 boring meals, when everything else that goes into making a dining experience enjoyable was above average does not make a restaurant "awful", IMO anyway. I think you should give it another try and order differently. I can't wait to go back and get the mixed app again, and the drunken noodles w/less heat.

          2. re: esyle

            to say awful in my view is always more of a statement of frustration versus objectivity. under no condition could i find land awful. i am not suggesting it is transcenedent, but not awful in any way...

          3. If you want a wonderful Pad Thai recipe to do yourself which is pretty easy let me know. Have a great one. Linda

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            1. re: pindapanda

              Thanks Linda! No worries about the recipe - I'm rarely home early enough after dinner to cook

            2. i thought the food was ok, i had the shrimp with cashews both times i went there, my boyfriend got the drunken noodles once and it was so spicy neither of us could eat it. It is BYOB though which is *wonderful*

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              1. re: JillAnn

                Right, the drunken noodles were way too spicy, but as I mentioned the waitress did tell me so. I like spicy but that was just crazy. Next time I will ask to tone it down an "*".