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Upscale Thai, Vietnamese, or Indian

skigirl Apr 28, 2010 06:28 PM

Mother's Day is coming and I've been away from my NYC home for about a year and flailing about a bit. Mom wants Thai, Vietnamese, Indian or other Southeast/South Asian. She is a fan of Devi and Tabla, less so of Tamarind....I don't know how these are since I've gone away. Updates? I'm also seeking recommendations for other alternatives (particularly Vietnamese or Thai) that are "nice", not insanely loud, and take reservations. The resto must be in Manhattan.

Thanks in advance!!

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    rrems Apr 28, 2010 08:16 PM

    Tabla is wonderful. O Mai is an excellent Vietnamese, but a bit more casual. Rhong-Tiam is great for Thai, but also more casual.

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    Rhong-Tiam
    87 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

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      kathryn Apr 29, 2010 09:01 AM

      NB: The Rhong Tiam on La Guardia has closed and what used to be Kurve in the EV is now Rhong Tiam (with the crazy pink interior).

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        thew Apr 29, 2010 09:24 AM

        as of when?

        damn

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          Bob Martinez Apr 29, 2010 09:40 AM

          ""as of when?"

          It happened at the end of January. While Kurve is decorated like an airport bar on Venus I've heard that the food was pretty good. It would be interesting the hear some recent reports.

          http://ny.eater.com/archives/2010/01/...

          1. re: Bob Martinez
            thew Apr 29, 2010 09:54 AM

            wow, must've been just after the last time i went, then

            hope the food is the same

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              rrems Apr 29, 2010 03:59 PM

              Not to worry, the food is exactly the same.

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      JMJD Apr 28, 2010 09:25 PM

      Would say Devi is still very good...my most recent visit was January this year.
      I haven't eaten there, but I know Kittichai is upscale Thai and I remember the interior being quite Mother's Day appropriate, though I can't say if it's loud.

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      Kittichai
      60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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        uwsister Apr 29, 2010 12:35 AM

        Kittichai has a lovely ambiance, but I thought their food was average at best, unfortunately.

      2. Striver Apr 29, 2010 05:53 AM

        It's rarely mentioned here, but we've had several satisfying dinners at Sapphire, an upscale Indian resto on Bway and 61st. Ambience is quiet and comfortable; service is efficient if not particularly warm; food is generally good to very good; menu offers some interesting choices . They're on Opentable.

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          chow_gal Apr 29, 2010 06:06 AM

          Indochine is always buzzing and a fun environment. Decent to good food.

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          Indochine
          430 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003

          1. thew Apr 29, 2010 06:10 AM

            dhaba for indian

            rhong tiam for thai

            1. skigirl Apr 29, 2010 07:16 AM

              Thanks for the input all! I'm inclined to go back to Devi unless I hear that it's declined during the past year.

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                rkaene Apr 29, 2010 01:39 PM

                Nirvana on 39 & Lex has great food in a lovely setting.

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                  bhb1978 Apr 29, 2010 07:36 PM

                  No offense, but finding "upscale" thai and vietnamese will always be crap with the food dulled down. Spice Market is a perfect example of "upscale" SE Asian crap. Go to Zabb for a great experience.

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                  Spice Market
                  403 West 13th Street, New York, NY 10014

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                    skigirl Jun 2, 2010 08:41 PM

                    Spice Market is just a god-awful restaurant regardless. And there are some non-hole-in-the-wall Thai that are pretty good. That said..we ended up doing Indian at Tamarind and had a really lovely, interesting meal.

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