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Kin Shop - A wonderful neighborhood restaurant

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As usual, full review with photos on the blog: http://ramblingsandgamblings.blogspot...

I cannot speak to its Thai "authenticity" as we did not try any spicy dishes, as well as the fact that the restaurant calls itself a "modern Thai" restaurant. Everything we had was delicious, although we did not have anything that I would call truly spectacular (my bar is set very high). With its tasty, well-executed food, surprisingly reasonable prices, and interesting interpretations, Kin Shop, in my view, is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant definitely worth a visit.

Fried Pork & Crispy Oyster Salad with celery, peanuts, mint & chili-lime vinaigrette. I enjoyed this dish very much. Pork and oysters go well together, and the crunchy textures throughout livened my appetite. Surprisingly light and fit to be called a salad, despite fried pork and oysters.

Grilled Prawns with fresh lime & "phuket style" black pepper sauce. The prawns cost $4 each and had a wonderful grilled aroma. They're not particularly large for the price, but reasonable and well cooked.

Roasted Duck Breast & Red Curry with crispy roti, green mango, fresh herbs & tamarind water. The duck was cooked well, but the red curry didn't really do anything for me, and it was not a particularly special combination.

Braised Goat & Massaman Curry with fried shallots, purple yams, mustard greens & toasted coconut. I really really enjoyed this dish. The flavorful fork-tender braised goat went well with the comforting massaman curry. The accompaniments all worked well and this is a wonderful dish to eat over white rice.

Duck Confit Fried Rice (Can't find it on the online menu). Rice, however, does not come with entrees, and so I decided to order a side of duck confit fried rice. It was a pleasantly large portion for $10. The duck was rich in flavor and not dry at all, which is something that can easily happen with proteins in fried rice.

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Kin Shop
469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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  1. Thanks very much for the report, I'm excited to try the duck confit fried rice!

    1. Terrible food. Nice server.

      Apps.
      Spicy Duck Laab Salad. Ok I guess.
      Squid Ink and Hot Sesame Oil Soup. I like this kind of thing, but just no real reason to order this.

      Entrees
      Massaman: Braised Goat. Fatty no flavor. Curry too sweet, jumbled.
      Grilled Prawns. Blah. $4 each is silly.
      Fried Brussel Sprouts. Over-fried. Can do this at home.
      Jasmine Rice. Way too dry. Serving rice this bad is unforgiveable.

      Wine
      Cheverny Sauv Blanc. Its a decent table wine, $15/bottle retail I buy for home. At $10/glass, the markup seems a lot higher than I thought was normal.

      We went to Perilla when it first opened a bunch of times and liked it. I don't know what happened here. They'll prob have to try a full reboot eventually.

      For Thai in NY, I'll stick with Lotus of Siam and wait to try Pok Pok. Think Sripraphai is way over-rated on CH. Yet to try Zaab and other contenders.

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      Kin Shop
      469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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      1. re: tkny123

        sorry you had a poor experience...i've been Kin Shop at least 20 times and i've never had a bad meal: the food has been consistently excellent...i've had almost all the dishes you mention and they've been delicious every time...i will agree w/ you on the rice though: Kin Shop seems bizarrely unable to cook rice properly...

        re: wine markup: that price ratio from retail/glass-in-restaurant is average or even on the low side: at 4 and a half glasses per bottle, that's paying 3x retail...not sure where you're going to find wine for less than 10/glass in a nice place in the W. Village...

        1. re: Simon

          20 times in 1 year? What other Thai restos do you like?
          The Goat gets a lot of props. I have no idea why.

          I am no expert on wine markups. But I thought 2-2.5x WHOLESALE price is a common markup. If a bottle is $18 retail at a wine shop, it must be a lot less at wholesale to the wine shop. Let's assume its $10 wholesale and Kin Shop buys its wine at wholesale. Then Kin Shop's revenue is $45/bottle ($10 * 4.5 glasses), a 4.5x markup. If I am wrong somewhere, pls let me know, I'm curious.

          In contrast, I think the wines by the glass at Locanda Verde must be a much lower markup bc they always taste fantastic and only cost at $12-14/glass ($60/bottle). If I could buy their bottles at retail for only $20/bottle (if 3x markup), I'd buy cases non-stop, no q's asked!!

          1. re: tkny123

            howdy...i don't consider Kin Shop to be a Thai restaurant, but rather a NY chef's riff on Thai ingredients, executed very well (when i first went there, i didn't think i was going to like it, as i'm very picky about all things Thai, and i was surprised that it worked so well for me)...

            With the exception of the Isaan food at Zaab-Elee, i won't eat any actual Thai food in Manhattan as i think it's all terrible (almost every Thai person you meet in NYC will say the same thing: i've had conversations w/ Thai bartenders at many Manhattan places where they've conceded that, w/ the exception of the free staff lunch, they'd never ever eat the food at the place where they work)...if i want non-Isaan Thai food i go to Queens, w/ Ayada being my current fav...

            When i moved back to NYC this past year, i went to Kin Shop many times solo in the winter and spring and ate at the bar (especialy before/after hearing jazz at the Village Vanguard), which is why the yearly total is so high...these days i go there less often (maybe once a month), and usually w/ friends...everyone i've ever taken there has been quite happy...

            But it's a subjective thing, so i'm not saying you should/shouldn't like it :) but don't expect a reboot, as it's quite popular in it's current incarnation...

            oddly, i've never had the goat even though it's one of their standards...i've seen it and it does look a bit fatty for my taste...