Went to Peep, a fairly new Thai place in Soho (Prince & Sullivan) on Saturday night. We walked in about 9 and told there was a 45 min wait, which was about right. It is a trendy looking space, filled with beautiful, hip people, not many of whom looked like they weigh over 100 pounds. It is very narrow with neon-pink lighting, a bar in front, and open kitchen in back. The ceiling is tin and wavy toward the back, which combined with the lighting, looks like a cheaper version of Morimoto in Philly. Much of the left wall is mirrors, and behind them are the bathrooms. When in the bathrooms, which have televisions in them, you learn you can see through the mirrors, becoming a voyeur to the dining room (hence the name Peep). Then after I left the bathroom and examined the mirrors more closely, I could see the television fairly clearly, wondering if people could see me.
On to the food. The menu consists of very reasonably priced appetizers, first plates, and main courses. The two of us just decided to order 5 first and second plates. The first was Summer Rolls, which were quite good. They were loosely rolled, pre-cut, and warmed which I had never seen. That was followed by Tamarind Glazed Shrimp with Taro Chips, which was very bland. Then came Emperor Steamed Dumplings filled with Chicken and Shrimp that were very good- moist and flavorful. That was followed by Shrimp-Semolina Fritters with chicken. These were also very good. The menu said it came with a hot vinegar, but it tasted like a chocolate liquer. These four came out rather quickly and stuffed onto our small table, and then the last item, Green Papaya Salad, came out about ten minutes later. It tasted like it sat for that long, as it was over-sauced causing the papaya to become soggy. I asked for it very, very spicy and wow, did they oblige. The flavor was passable and I liked it, probably becuase this is one of my favorite dishes, but it was nowhere near the level of Wondee or Doyers.
We had ordered a couple of drinks mid-way through he meal that never came, and they were put on our bill. After they were removed, it came to only $35 with tip, and we were both stuffed. I would recommend this restaraunt if you are in the neighborhood, but it's not worth seeking out when there are so many other Thai places with similar food all over NYC (Planet Thai, SEA, Joya, etc.)
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