recs for THAI,Asian Fusion, or Mediterranean below 14th please
Hello Manhattan chowhounders,
I'm looking for either a Thai, Asian Fusion or Mediterranean restaurant in NYC below 14th street for a 10 person dinner. Here is what we're looking for and hopefully, with your expert advice, we'll be able to find a great place!
Thai, Asian Fusion, or Mediterranean cuisine
less than $20 per entree
Noice level low enough so we'll be able to speak to each other without screaming (lots of catching up to do with old friends)
Not packed in like sardines where tables are on top of each other
Below 14th street
BYO - helps us save some loot as many of us are trying to these days
I apologive if this is a very picky request... I hope I can get some ideas though. Thanks everyone in advance!!!
We had a good (significantly spicier than usual) meal at Rhong Tieam on Laguardia Pl. (http://www.rhong-tiam.com/menu.html). It's not dirt cheap and it's not as good as what you get in Queens, but they have somewhat more interesting dishes than the average around here. They also had Kao Soy noodles when we were there, which is a favorite, although I don't see them on the menu. Sadly, they're not BYOB.
Maybe Klong on St. Marks? It's not going to win any accolades for best food ever, but it's pretty decent Thai food and might be what you're looking for: cheap, takes reservations for large parties, not cramped. I don't think it's BYO, but drinks are cheap. I went to this place called O.G., I think, in Alphabet City. It was Asian Fusion and really cheap, as well. I remember thinking it was pretty good for the price, but only went once like 3 yrs back. Kuma Inn is BYOB, but I don't know if they can accommodate 10...it's not that big.
You should look into Zabb City. It's thai that has Isaan-style leanings and it's awesome. It's a small place, so you should call and reserve a table for your group. It's not BYOB, but they have a small selection of reasonably priced beer and wine. The mango catfish and the panang duck are my faves, but they also do more "pedestrian" dishes very well like great pad thai and I also love their veg duck. Highly recommend Zabb City.