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tboner6 Nov 2, 2011 03:54 PM

Coming to NYC in early December. Looking for authentic but upscale Thai restaurant. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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    Simon Nov 2, 2011 05:08 PM

    What you are looking for does not exist here, and even in Bangkok the best Thai is not upscale...for a wonderful Thai-influenced place, you could try Kin Shop, which uses Thai ingredients and is wonderful but isnt Thai food per se. Others may rec Kittichai, i havent been in years and years ago it was not remotely authentic but it may have changed, though i doubt it.

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

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    1. re: Simon
      comiendosiempre Nov 2, 2011 06:57 PM

      Agree on both points. Kin shop may be your best bet.

      We were at Kittichai about 6 months ago. They have a new chef from Australia. The food was generally good. It was fine. Though if it's great food you are after there are better.

      60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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      rrems Nov 2, 2011 08:10 PM

      I am a major fan of both Kin Shop and Kittichai. Neither is traditional Thai, but they are both contemporary versions that are nonetheless delicious, with very serious chefs.

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        michelleats Nov 2, 2011 08:23 PM

        Lotus of Siam is in a pleasant, upscale space. Last I went, shortly before the Chutimas pulled out (http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...), the food was reasonably authentic, but mediocre to just ok in terms of quality. They do have a pretty good wine list, which they inherited from Cru, the restaurant that was formerly in that space. Probably, you should try to find a more recent review than mine, though.

        Lotus of Siam
        24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003

        1. 4tines Nov 3, 2011 01:30 PM

          Definitely Kin Shop -- I was very surprised and impressed by how authentic it was in such a pleasantly modern atmosphere!

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

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          1. re: 4tines
            michelleats Nov 3, 2011 01:53 PM

            I love the food at Kin Shop, BUT....

            - While it's pleasant and nicely decorated, I don't think I'd call it upscale (if by "upscale" you mean fancy pants). Tboner, you can see a few (badly taken) pics of the interior here: http://www.girleatscity.com/2010/10/kin-shop-new-york-ny.html

            - A lot of the food is "modern Thai", not traditional Thai. It is in general well made food, using good ingredients. There are some snapshots of the food here:


            and here:


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

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