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Kin Shop or Wong?

lafood May 3, 2012 08:42 AM

I will be in NY for a very short visit and want to choose between Kin Shop and Wong for dinner. Wong just got a fabulous review in the New Yorker. I have no way to make an intelligent selection. I would love some advice.

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    kathryn RE: lafood May 3, 2012 03:58 PM

    Wong has interesting but more Pan Asian food. The room is pretty loud. The communal tables turn some people off. All the furniture is reclaimed, so not as comfy as I'd like. I've had one really bad cocktail there, and the wine list is quirky in that it is completely biodynamic (or something). Portion sizes are less generous. They DO have the Duckavore dinner, though you need a bigger group for that.

    Kin Shop is modern Thai. I think the cocktail list there is pretty solid (for a restaurant) from what I have tried. Portion sizes are fairly generous. It's a more comfortable, quieter room, and the tables are not squeezed together like they are in so many other Manhattan restaurants. If you love crab look at the all crab tasting menu on Mondays. They also have a pretty good Thai fried chicken.

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      foodwhisperer RE: kathryn May 3, 2012 06:59 PM

      Thanks kathryn for reminding me to try the crab tasting menu. I keep forgetting about that.
      As far as Wong goes, they are too obsessed with fried eggs, IMHO

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        uwsister RE: foodwhisperer May 3, 2012 07:25 PM

        Oh, yet another reason for me to go there - I love a fried egg on almost anything.

        I know it can be a huge turn-off for some people though. I have a friend who won't eat eggs unless they are completely done e.g. well-done, hard-boiled, etc. He thinks gooey egg yolk/white is gross.

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          foodwhisperer RE: uwsister May 3, 2012 07:43 PM

          Hey, do i know you ? haha,,, your friend sounds like me. I hate wet eggs.I only like omelettes or scrambled eggs with lots of ingredients mixed in i.e. meat, vegggies cheese etc. Wong you will love if you like fried eggs, many dishes have that in it. When i go to Filipino restaurants and order things like sizzling sisig i always say " no egg please", Filipinos like fried eggs also.
          In Bouley they had comped me a dish and it had fried egg in it, that i couldn;t just remove. I had to eat it, because it was a comp, and I didn't want to insult the person who was being nice to me. It ruined my whole meal there. All that being said, I recommend you try Wong

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            uwsister RE: foodwhisperer May 3, 2012 09:33 PM

            Wow - see, I'm just about the opposite. I love runny yolk with just about everything, scrambled eggs gotta be soft and moist, and prefer soft-boiled eggs over hard-boiled. Anyway, Wong is definitely on my list, especially their duckavore dinner.

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