I used to like Vong although it is not a real Thai restaurant. Last Thursday I went there with friends and we were disappointed with the food and the service, considering the cost, and the expectation level, of course. Some of us, who know Vong for a long time, realized the significant decline. A friend, that traveled and ate a lot in the far-east, that we brought first time to Vong, after setting his expectation level to high (Jean George affiliation added to the expectation level) maid a very polite effort to analyze the food slowly and understand the reasons for our recommendation but we could notice his frustrations. In order to save our reputation, despite the risk of being politically incorrect by spoiling a nice evening with friends, we revealed to him our feelings about the pretentious but actually mediocre food (the word lousy is too harsh for such a reputable place but when you pay so much and get disappointed the word lousy is sometimes unavoidable within the context of the value that you get). On a previous visit, several months ago, to Vong with several Vong fans I have noticed that the food is not as great as it used to be but the decline was minor and I attributed it to a one-time event. If Jean George wants to succeed in his upcoming Far East endeavors the current NY Vong food standard wouldnt make it. Dear Mr. George, we love you but your intervention at Vong is required. We would come back within few months with a hope for recovery.
To offset the disappointment we went to Sriprapai and it was better than ever. Vongs Coconut Milk Soup is bland comparing to Sriprapais soup. Although we do not expect from Vong to be real authentic Thai we cannot accept a mediocre soup at Vong. The same apply to all other dishes except the deserts that remain good. The soufflé was excellent.