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PENELOPE-yum! JAIYA THAI-not so good

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PENELOPE-yum! JAIYA THAI-not so good

tribeca_girl | Jan 4, 2004 11:07 PM

had to post a quick thumbs up to penelope...the cutest little brunch spot in murray hill (159 Lex at 30th St). my husband and i were on our way to buy some bagels at the recently reviewed bagelry (nytimes recommended) and passed by penelope and changed our brunch plans because it looked so damn cute. we loved it...super nice waitstaff...very reasonable prices...they even had an egg white omlette on the menu so that you didn't have to ask for the substitution...good coffee, fries came with the omlette, which happened to be filled with some delicious brie, and everything was just right. my husband had a turkey burger that he was pleased with, too. the place is just right for 2-4 people for a light brunch. they had some blueberry muffins and some other home-baked items that we'll try next time because they looked great! a couple of days later, we decided to finally try jaiya thai after reading everyone's raves on chowhound. we have a local thai place that we are happy with, but decided to give it a shot...and boy what a disappointment! we started with the spicy mushroom soup, which turned out to be sour (not spicy) broth with nothing except little mushrooms. we had asked the waitress whether the portion was for 1 person or more, and she said "it's for 1", so we proceeded to order the soup and two entrees, which were the spicy thai salad found under the chef's specials and an order of the red curry with chicken. the only item that ended up "ok" was the curry. the waitress, who barely made eye contact, never checked on us throughout the meal, never expressed any sort of congeniality of any sort, brought our soup first (which would have easily served 3-4 people as an appetizer), and was accompanied by a serving spoon that looked like it had never been washed and was coated with a brown film of something...i asked for a clean spoon, which was begrudgingly brought to me, without an apology or comment of any kind. the curry and salad came out next and the salad was so doused with the dressing that only the portions on top were edible. we ate the curry, paid the bill and left. this was the first time in years that we have not left a tip. anyone else feel this way about jaiya thai? i know mine is not a popular opinion, but i won't ever go back.

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