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Opinions on Kittichai

Coming to NYC on 11/30. Have Kittichai res for first night. Any thoughts? I know that it isn't "authentic Thai," but we wnated a more refined ambiance. That being siad, food quality always a priority. Opinions?

May try to get back to Ko that night, but havce to wait to try the online res.

Thanks

BTW, have 15 East, Marea, and Del Posto for the other nights.

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15 East
15 East 15th Street, New York, NY 10003

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

Kittichai
60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

Marea
240 Central Park South, New York, NY 10019

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  1. You will not be sacrificing food quality for ambiance. It is delicious, and just because it is not traditional does not mean it is not authentic. I'm sure there are "modern Thai" restaurants in Thailand.

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    1. re: rrems

      Rrems, havent been to Kittichai for years so i cant weigh in...but if u r going to compare to in-Thailand places, i'd be both interested and highly skeptical to hear about any "modern" places u think are decent there...

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      Kittichai
      60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

      1. re: Simon

        I'v never been to Thailand. I just could not imagine that they have no contemporary versions of Thai cuisine there, decent or not. It really doesn't matter either way, Kittichai is great however one describes the cooking style.

        1. re: rrems

          what dishes do you like at Kittichai?...i haven't been in many years and they have a new chef since there anyway: if i go there, what should i try?...

          1. re: Simon

            My favorites:

            Appetizers - rock shrimp, Thai beef salad, spicy and sour oxtail soup

            Main - Duck two ways, crispy whole fish, tiger prawns, barbecue chicken

            Dessert - Chocolate cake

            1. re: Simon

              Do let us know what you think if you try Kittichai again - I also went years ago, was quite disappointed with their food. But there is a new chef now, and I think I've read some good things about him, though nothing concrete...

      2. Your list is first rate. Kittichai is not authentic, but it is delicious.... and it is a nicer room than some other places..

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        Kittichai
        60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

        1. Nice atmosphere, good flavors, small portions, obnoxious service.

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          1. re: princeofpork

            Thought Kittichai was good, but not superlative. There were a few dishes that just missed the mark. If you want more authentic Thai, I would not recommend Kittichai. If you want decent, Thai-inspired/influenced food that is also pricey, then go for it. The ambience was okay and the food quality was good - what you would expect for a pricey restaurant located in a Soho hotel. I wouldn't recommend it though. I just feel there are other places to go. I would recommend Kin Shop over Kittichai in terms of flavor and value. Personally, I never saw the point in a repeat visit to Kittichai and neither did my friend.

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            Kittichai
            60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: lulumoolah

              Actually, the more I recall my dinner there, the less I recommend it. It just fell flat in terms of taste. The quality of the ingredients was apparent, but it just missed the mark. I have no plans to return. I don't see the point and I know my friend would concur. Neither of us expected "authentic" Thai, but our meal was not very satisfying when it came to the food experience itself. I wish I could explain more and recall the exact dishes we ordered.

              1. re: lulumoolah

                I happen to love the food at Kin Shop, and it is less expensive than Kittichai, but it is also noisy and crowded and the decor is nothing exciting. It's great for a casual meal, but for something more upscale (OP aked for "refined" ambiance) Kittichai works better IMO.

              2. re: princeofpork

                I would second princeofpork. The service is so bad it feels almost deliberate, and that is why I don't go more often, despite the food being consistently good.

              3. I'm perplexed but what exactly do you mean by ambience in this case? If you mean a typical expensive restaurant atmosphere in a hotel, then yeah, Kittichai succeeds on that front. However it's not unique in it's decor or ambience for what you would expect.

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                Kittichai
                60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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                1. re: lulumoolah

                  Thanks for all the responses. What I mean by ambiance is nice decor, excellent service, refined food. I realize that Kittichai is not "authentic Thai street food." I am just not looking for a casual, loud, paper napkin kind of place. I realize that the food may be "better true Thai" at aother venues.

                  Thanks

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                  Kittichai
                  60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                  1. re: tboner6

                    Thanks for clarifying. Yeah, check out Kittichai if you want quiet, though depending on when you go to Kin Shop it can be a relatively laid back experience. I've had both the jam-packed and laid back experience at Kin Shop. As for the decor, I didn't think much of Kittichai or Kin Shop's decor, it wasn't memorable but it wasn't butt ugly either.

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                    Kittichai
                    60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

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

                  2. re: lulumoolah

                    I'd highly recommend Kittichai for someone who's visiting New York. Are there more authentic restaurants? Of course. Is there better food? Of course. Are there cheaper restaurants? Of course. Does Kittichai have a top notch decor, gorgeous servers, beautiful customers worth people watching, very good food, and a really great vibe? Definitely.

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                    Kittichai
                    60 Thompson St, New York, NY 10012

                  3. I've only been for brunch, but I recall the ambience was euro trance music, and model waitresses in a pretty sterile, overly designed room.

                    The menu was far more exciting than what arrived, which was okay, but extremely dull...but again, that's merely based on their attempt at french toast, and eggs.

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                    1. re: sugartoof

                      Seems like I am getting mixed reviews. Maybe I should consider Jung Sik. Seems like a modern interpretation of Korean cuisine. Thoughts?

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                      Jung Sik
                      2 Harrison St, New York, NY 10013

                      1. re: tboner6

                        Absolutely, 100% yes to Jungsik (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/815513). I had a most wonderful meal there recently. It's truly something special.

                        1. re: tboner6

                          Totally agree with Cheeryvisage about Jung Sik. Stellar in every way!

                          Jung Sik photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/11863391...

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                        2. re: sugartoof

                          Your description of the ambiance is spot on 100% correct