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51 Grove St., New York, NY, 10014
By hungry_one on 5/16/2012
went there with my boyfriend last night for the first time and did the recommended tasting ... awesome. loved the eggplant curry dish. the dessert was too sweet for me though.
By aussieinny22 on 6/21/2011
I attended an event at Betel last night and was *really* impressed. Beautiful appetizers, really unusual and delicoius, and great drinks. The space is elegant and a pleasure to be in. I look forward to going back for a full meal!
Overpriced, but good for drinks and a light meal
By ManhattanMiss on 5/27/2011
I liked the lounge-like atmosphere with low lighting. If you're seated at the center shared table you won't have much space for your food, but at least you're close enough to hear each other in what's otherwise a pretty loud place. We ordered the Vietnamese Braised Wagyu Beef ($27) and the Stir Fried Tofu ($20). Both were tasty but the plates were really small, not enough food even for two small girls. Plus, they charge $3 extra for rice. Seriously, who serves stir fry without rice? My only real complaint was the wine. I was served what was seriously the smallest glass of wine I've ever seen. I worked in restaurants for 4 years, so I know what a 5 oz pour looks like. Of course, I didn't complain, so who knows if they would have fixed it if I had. If you're looking for a scene-y restaurant, this place is great. If you're looking for good, creative asian food, you'll find it here, but you can find it for a lot cheaper down the street at Pinto.
YUMM. go to betel for the FOOD (or drinks)
By mumbojumbo on 2/21/2011
It's unclear how the previous review is helpful as it is obviously completely bias...Anyway, I'm a local West Villager and frequent patron of betel. I love the food, which is always consistent, and the staff as well. I've noticed many of the same waiters and waitresses have been there since it opened but managers have changed. Favorite dishes are the cuttlefish, eggs, beef rib and swordfish (or any of the fish!) GO to betel! Try everything!
Would go back
By westvillagediner on 7/23/2010
Betel was the most refreshing meal i have had in New York for a long time. The food was just spicy enough, but not overwhelming, the textures were all new and the food was far from boring. The service is relaxed but attentive and the cocktails are amazing. I'll be back for cocktail hour! Finally somewhere that serves great asian food in the West Village.
By tdh248 on 5/18/2010
Complete and utter disappointment. I like Thai food and I like Public, so I was excited to try Betel. Service was the worst I have seen in New York City, ever. Food was good but not great and certainly not good enough to charge what they do. The one saving grace was the bartender and her fabulous drinks, she's an allstar.
By critique2010 on 3/28/2010
we had big hopes about this Thai-inspired, Australian-managed opening. But, like many other Australian places in NYC, it's a total scene already & the owners are letting that get in the way of amazing food & good service...too many people queueing for the toilets for who knows what, and wait staff with an attitude that smells as bad as NYC on a hot summers day. A real shame. PS: Why do they need a bouncer outside? Telling.
Brilliant, Trendy Thai in the W Village!
By tablefor10 on 3/20/2010
Betel brings great Thai food in a fun, high-energy restaurant in the W Village. It is refreshing to finally have a Thai restaurant that serves great food and drinks in a cool setting. While the wait might be described as "treacherous", it is worth the wait (which wasn't that "treacherous"). The oysters were perfect and the massaman curry dish was amazing! Two sticking points, which I'm sure Betel can easily overcome - the service was a bit slow, and the sharing table became too crowded with the large serving dishes. With that said, Betel is a welcomed new-comer to the neighborhood. Definitely coming back!
By menorton on 3/18/2010
Betel provides an amazing dining experience! Each item excites the tastes buds in a wonderful way! Highly recommend the following: - Drinks: blackberry passionfruit capiroska and lychee margarita (be sure to scoop out the delicious sweet lychee fruit from the bottom of the glass to enjoy too). Appetizers: west coast oyster (spicy and amazing), smoked sea trout betel leaf (unique and flavorful), vegetarian betel leaf - Entree: caramelized braised beef rib (tender meat falls off the bone and is perfect with fresh cilantro - be sure to order sticky rice because the spicy sauce that you pour on the beef is so good that you will want to pour over the rice so you can eat all of it!) In addition to the genius in the kitchen, the staff is incredibly friendly and aiming to please!
Finally! Some worthwhile Thai in NYC!
By washingtonpl on 3/14/2010
Very happy to have some decent Thai in the neighborhood. Like their peers at Kingswood, the Aussies running Betel have created a warm environment, decorated with thought, which adds to the overall dining experience (except for the bar that should've been left metal as opposed to fake wood). Though perhaps a little pricey, the food is absolutely fantastic. Our server was informative, patient, and efficient. One thing to note was the sound...couldn't really hear the music because of all the talking (similar to 10 Downing). There is a communal table in the back that is great for groups as well. Let's see what they end up doing with the lounge area in the back. Let's hope it stays as is..
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