469 Sixth Ave., New York, NY, 10011
nr. 11th St.
By LottaU on 12/1/2010
I had such high hopes for this place! The menu gives you hints that this is a chef who understands the complexity and balance of Thai flavours and textures. Unfortunately, he fails in the execution... the balance of flavours is not right... The crispy pork and fried oyster salad is conceptually a masterpiece! But, the dressing just tasted of lime and overpowered the whole dish, I couldn't taste any mint or chili and the pork belly was not sweet enough to balance the salty oysters or the pickled radish when the dressing was so one dimensional. I followed with pan fried crab noodles - again this dish had so much promise, but again, it failed in the execution - there was no complexity in the flavors to carry what was nothing more than a dish of 95 percent vermicelli noodles! Turquoise ocean inspired decor - an attempt to recreate a daytime beach restaurant in Phuket?? Sadly, it also fails in the execution, as if the decor was a result of three design teams with nobody focusing on creating an overall cohesive look - the colors feel cold and the lights are too bright. The restaurant kitchen is open to the dining room and together with the bar area, they look really great. But the lack of a proper industrial extractor fan means that all cooking smells travel into the dining area... The staff are relaxed and friendly and do a very good job making sure the restaurant runs smoothly. Unfortunately, not enough to lift the overall experience!
By uwsfoodfan on 2/18/2011
Met a friend at Kin for dinner last night, after a long, stressful day. So looking forward to relaxing with excellent Thai, with all its subtle combinations and intense accents. Why is there rock music blaring over the sound system? I can't even hear my friend across the table. I ask the waitress. "Oh, it's a mix of many different styles." Of course, the cue was not taken and the volume persistently distracted thru the night. Certainly the staff is friendly, if not slightly harried. To the main point, the food just doesn't live up to the critic's review. While some flavors were excellent, no dish was great. The beef tartare was room temperature with an off flavor. Skip it. The grilled scallops app was the best dish of the night. My goat entree was enjoyable and might have been great had it been delivered piping hot, but was inexplicably just really warm (dare I say reheated?). My friend's dish (a soup, I forget the name) was tasty. The pineapple tamarind sorbet was overwhelming and a poor finish. Do not expect "Top Chef" level of plate presentation either. It is surprisingly below average. I have to say it's almost shocking how different my experience was compared to the above professional review. Oh, and several entrees are now over $25. At this price point, the owners need to find a way to a diner-centric, well conceptualized experience, from music to menu arc. Too many other options in the city succeed where this one does not.
By rpeacock on 4/17/2013
Once was to much, food was mediocre, servers had attitude. With this combination why bother? Doesn't help that the restaurant is located on charmless 6th Avenue.
By GrandmaZaza on 11/5/2010
I'm was really looking forward to trying Harold Dieterle's new place. And when I tried it I wasn't disappointed. I'm a regular of his other place and I love his style of cooing. All I can say to his competitors, is look out!
By henrythemonkey on 3/24/2011
Obviously the people who did't find Kin Shop to be exceptional do not know much about food. I've eaten at Kin Shop more times than I can count and have had nothing short of an amazing meal and experience. The atmosphere is vibrant yet laid-back; perfect for a fun dinner with several friends or date. They play great music but it's not too loud where you can't hear the people you are having dinner with; that is one thing I hate about a lot of restaurants in NYC so it's one of the first things I notice. The service has always been A+; attentive but not overbearing, knowledgable about the menu and wine and super friendly. Most importantly the food is amazing! Harold has taken Thai to a whole new level. You won't find typical Thai dishes like pad thai here. All the dishes are very inventive with distinct Thai flavors and spices. If you like spicy do not miss the laab salad on the appetizers!Hands down it's one of my favorite items on the menu. I also love the scallops and snap peas app, the fried pork and oyster salad and the pumpkin and bibb salad. For entrees I would suggest the roasted duck which is served with a side of roti which is to die for! Also the massaman and rabbit are exceptional. If you are looking for a meatless dish don't miss the jungle: bamboo shoots (get a side of rice with it). Harold also has several specials each night which have never disappointed. Dessert is not the highlight of Kin Shop but after your apps and entrees I don't think you'll miss it!
By dvince on 3/7/2012
The food is really unique and flavorful. The atmosphere has a great buzz. It is NOT a zen-quiet atmosphere, or a place to go after a long stressful day--maybe you should just eat at home next time if you are looking for peace and quiet, it's a restaurant for God's sake, not the library. I had did the chef's tasting menu and really enjoyed the squid ink and red chili soup which had a nice heat to it as well as a wonderful taste. The shredded spicy duck entree had loads of flavor as well, if you like cilantro, mint, and some heat, this is the dish for you. As you can tell, I Love It. And the staff is amazing! Sit at the bar and flirt with the cute short haired bartender with the nicely groomed beard. His smile will make you moist! If you are unhappy with any dish, just say something, as everyone bent over backwards to make me happy!