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Taster's Cherce

I went to Fatty Crab for the first time last week. My brother and I hit the Upper West Side version and we really enjoyed the food. But our waiter was overbearing–sell!, sell!, sell!–and the food was not cheap.

Then, a few nights ago, I had dinner at  Lotus of Siam, the new Thai place on 5th Avenue just off 9th Street. I went with a pal and we arrived early, at 6:00. The host snarled when we told him that we didn’t have a reservation.

“Did that guy just snarl at us?” I said to my friend. “The dining room is half-empty and he”

It was a chilly way to start the evening. Then our waitress…oh, the waitress. “She’s young,” my pal said. I tried to sympathize even though she was either overwhelmed or simply not especially interested in her job. But at $26 an entree, man, I want the service to be welcoming, informative, at least competent. I can deal with rude, like if an old Jewish waiter spills soup on you and then balls you out, but aloof, I can’t abide.

The food was yummy but the portions were small and it was not cheap. Worst of all, I didn’t leave the place feeling happy. I left longing for SriPraPhai in Queens, for a place where the food is great, the prices reasonable and the atmosphere something less than smug.


1 TheGreenMan   ~  Jan 20, 2011 4:09 pm

SriPraPhai is awesome, and probably without equal in NYC. But, when craving Thai food in Manhattan, we dig Land Thai (get it?) up on 2nd Ave between 81st and 82nd. There is one on Amsterdam as well between the same streets, but we haven't tried that one yet.

The food was fresh, delicious and reasonably priced. Some interesting stuff on there too. And the service was impeccable. Of course, I've only eaten there 3-4 times and it's been a while, so ya never know....

2 Alex Belth   ~  Jan 20, 2011 4:42 pm

Thanks for the tip. I think my mistake was going to two "hip" places so close together. I don't really have that kind of extra dough, but more than that, the attitude is a major turn-off even though the food is good.

3 RagingTartabull   ~  Jan 20, 2011 7:01 pm

[1, 2] co-sign on Land Thai. I live walking distance and its our neighborhood default Thai spot (there or Spice on 1st ave)

4 Dimelo   ~  Jan 21, 2011 8:52 am

[2] How dare you think there's another like SriPraPhai? Kill that noise!

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