If you’re looking for a very nice restaurant with electronic music in the background (like the Hotel Costes), a dim lit place for a perfect lounge ambiance, and very succulent and affordable dishes, I recommend that you go to Kittichai 😉
Kittichai Restaurant: a lounge, modern and romantic place in New York
├ What’s the Kittichai like?
├ An unusual tip for this restaurant
├ What to order at the Kittichai?
├ What I strongly recommend:
├ What tips you need to know if you are wine amateurs:
├ How’s the service?
├ How much does it cost to eat at Kittichai?
What’s the Kittichai like?
Kittichai is in Soho. So after a few hours of shopping at dozens of stores in Broadway, have a break for lunch or dinner at this restaurant.
It is a pleasant Thai restaurant.
As you may notice in the pictures of this article, the atmosphere of the restaurant is similar to a lounge. There are candles on the tables and some spots on the ceiling for a very cozy atmosphere.
The music played in the background is mainly electronic and lounge.
The main restaurant floor is squared with a kind of basin in the middle on which some candles and orchids sit on. It gives a very agreeable touch to the place.
There are orchids everywhere to adorn the place, on the tables, in the bathroom…
An unusual tip for this restaurant
I suggest that you go to the bathroom! There are a lot of scented candles and orchids everywhere. It looks like a spa with a Zen atmosphere.
What to order at the Kittichai?
We wanted to try all the dishes at this restaurant, so we ordered the large menu with all the Kittichai’ specialties.
It’s called the Family Style menu with 15 dishes total that you can share between 2, 3 or 4 people. I just went alone with my wife and we had ate very well at lunch … it was difficult to eat all the dishes 🙂 But this menu is a good deal, it only costs 65 dollars and there is enough food for 3 or 4 people!
If you do not want to choose this menu, all the dishes are à la carte. I’ll try to describe what we tasted:
Kittichai Fish Cake with cucumber and red onion chutney: very good, with an excellent spicy sauce.
Organic Coconut & Chicken relish with crispy jasmine rice crackers: I did not like it that much but my wife did… so i cannot help you much with that one! 😀
Sashimi of hamachi, squid ink salt, red Holland pepper dressing: delicious! But as you can see in the picture below, it’s not a very copious dish.
Northern Thai beef salad, Chinese long beans and roasted sticky rice powder: Not too bad but not that amazing either. I don’t recommend it.
Banana blossom and artichoke salad, roasted cashew nuts and chili jam: I’d never tried banana blossom before, and I liked it a lot.
Chocolate baby back ribs with Thai spices: very original and succulent!
Thai seafood bouillabaisse with tiger prawns, scallops and mussel: This dish is prepared with mussels, shrimp, clams … delicious! The seafood is very fresh.
Baked Chilean sea bass marinated in yellow salted beans with morning glory: it’s a fish stew with caramelized sauce, you must try it because it was delicious!
Pinneaple-braised short ribs in green curry, Thai eggplant and sweet basil: it was the best dish we tasted, with a very tender and delicious meat.
Broiled coconut chicken breast, wok fried Choy sum: a good dish cooked with a wok.
Stir-fried Asian vegetables with garlic and ginger-soy sauce: it is a dish with vegetables that I didn’t like to much. Though I recommend it if you are curious to try it;)
Banana spring rolls with burnt honey ice cream: an exquisite and creative spring roll-styled dessert with bananas.
Flourless Valrhona chocolate cake with fresh cream: it’s a small chocolate cake (Valrhona is a brand of Belgian chocolate), complemented by an ice cream and vanilla cream. There is an orchard in the dish!
What I strongly recommend:
-> Sashimi of hamachi,
-> Chocolate baby back ribs with Thai spices,
-> Thai seafood bouillabaisse
-> Pinneaple-braised short ribs
-> Banana spring rolls with burnt honey ice cream
-> Flourless Valrhona chocolate cake with fresh cream
What tips you need to know if you are wine amateurs:
If, like us, you order the Family Style menu with 15 dishes (5 “sets” of 3 dishes) , there is a charge of $25 to also try 5 different wines. So a different wine will complement each “set” of 3 dishes. It is a very original and interesting concept.
How’s the service?
The service is impeccable. There are many waiters and there’s always one available to attend you.
How much does it cost to eat at Kittichai?
As I indicated in the presentation of the restarauration, it’s an affordable restaurant.
The dishes cost between 7 to 28 USD, with an average of 11 to 16 USD.
You can order a 35 USD menu, in which you have a choice between 3 starters, 3 main courses and 2 desserts.
The cocktails cost about 14 USD.
I hope that I have convinced you to go to Kittichai. I really enjoyed it.
If you decide to go, feel free to share your experience here.
60 Thompson Street
New York, NY 10012-4308, United States
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