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Kittichai: great scene, good food

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Kittichai: great scene, good food

rlh | Feb 27, 2006 01:55 PM

As we continued our weekend anniversary celebration, we opted for Kittichai on Sat night. We were really happy with the choice, as we were looking for a "NYC scene" -- we found it and enjoyed it (the scene).

The whole place is a feast for the eyes -- decor, patrons, waitstaff, and chef Ian circulating in our section with others. There was a definite buzz and energy that's unique to this type of place and makes the bustle, crowded, and noisiness seem appropriate as well.

The bar was crowded but not uncomfortable while we waited 20 minutes past our reservation time for the table. The specialty cocktails were really good (even though the martini glasses weren't iced completely).

In contrast to the great bartender, the waitstaff service was pleasant but a little brusque/inattentive at times during dinner. It also got really HOT (the temperature -- not the scene or the spices so much)at our seats during dinner and stayed that way in spite of our (and the party next to us) appeals to the waiters for cooler air to circulate. We're usually the cold ones, so it was definitely HOT.

The food was very fresh and properly-prepared, but not especially memorable. The chicken coconut soup and the crispy whole fried fish were the most flavorful and enjoyed by us (though the chicken lollipops and monkfish curry were also completely consumed!). Riesling by the glass was a proper accompaniment but again, not that memorable. No desserts here. The total check before tip was $115 for two of us.

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