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Room Service Thai on 18th and 8th?

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dianamarie Feb 4, 2011 08:23 AM

A friend suggested we meet for dinner at Room Service Thai restaurant on 18th and 8th. I've never been, and I'm skeptical of places that aren't mentioned on here (thanks fellow hounds). Has anyone eaten here or heard about it? Reviews, if you please!

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Room Service
166 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. JungMann RE: dianamarie Feb 4, 2011 09:41 AM

    It's standard New York Thai. It's not going to be like dining in Isaan, but it's satisfying in its own way. Steer towards the noodles and you should be fine.

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      Nigel1985 RE: dianamarie Feb 6, 2011 05:45 PM

      I've been to Room Service on two different occasions and haven't found it to be anything special. The vegetables in my food were clearly from a package of frozen vegetables. Not worth the price.

      My friends like Silom Thai and Pongsri Thai, but I haven't been though...

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      Pongsri
      244 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

      Room Service
      166 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

      Silom
      150 8th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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        Lucia RE: dianamarie Feb 6, 2011 06:02 PM

        It's not good.

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          chowsue RE: dianamarie Feb 7, 2011 07:26 PM

          I've been to this one and love it. I go to the one on 9th avenue VERY frequently with a crowd of Thais.
          I love it! The decor is funky, the bartenders and waitstaff are sexy, flirty, fun. The food is actually delicious! The price is reasonable.
          We went the first time expecting to hate it. But the food was so darn good, we go all the time now. We took one look at the decor and the staff and laughed, saying "this can't be good". But it is!

          It is one of the few Thai joints in town that has a fun, funky vibe, without the "takeout joint" feel. And it has good food too.

          The food is not exactly traditional. They push the limits and experimented a little. But hey, guess what? If you go to Bangkok as often as we do, you will find that is what happens. There is a place for traditional, but there is also a NEED for experimental.

          No, you will not find the tuna tartare on the menu at Wondees or Pam's. But guess what? It is amazing!
          No, you will not find the basil seafood black pasta on the menu at Sriphaphai. But guess what? It works. It is good.

          Please do not take advice from folks that go around saying "oh so-so restaurant has the BEST Pad Thai".

          I strongly do not agree with Lucia and Nigel. I love it. Remain open-minded and give it a try.

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            dianamarie RE: chowsue Feb 8, 2011 03:40 AM

            Thanks all for the reviews. I'll let you know how it turns out!

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