255 W. 26th St., New York, NY, 10001
nr. Eighth Ave.
By tycheri on 7/10/2012
.....stay home and have a bowl of Cheerios. Wanted to check out this restaurant in my neighborhood. Pleasant-enough Asian decor, AM music playing. Tom Yong soup had strange ingredients: raw grape tomatoes cut in half and potato cubes. No Thai seasonings. Asked waitress what a mystery morsel on my spoon was. She had no idea. Tomato-based broth had a bizarre flavor I could not initially identify. Second spoonful answered those questions: the morsels were PINEAPPLE chunks. It was like a shelf bracket broke away from a wall and things fell into the soup pot. I stopped right there and waited for the entree. The Chicken with Basil I had ordered well-done arrived. The chicken was slimy,mushy, not completely cooked and shiny with oil. Asked to have it cooked more. Owner told me that it was steamed. I asked for it to be cooked more, please. Another dish entirely came back: the chicken had been deep fried into hard curls and came with vegetables, some of which, judging by the intense heat, had been microwaved. It was a flavorless, oily mess. The waitresses, cute as buttons, were clueless. From time to time a hand would slowly reach from behind me to fill my water glass. The first time scared the hell out of me. While my friend was having dessert, the waitress put down a bowl of soup and walked away. There was the occasional scream from the kitchen. Maybe the chef was tasting his own food. One of the worst food experiences I have ever had.
By devrutz on 2/1/2010
We heard about this place from a friend and decided to go since it was so close to our place, we also heard that they had a free glass of wine or warm sake for every $15 spent during dinner. When we got there the atmosphere wasn't that great and there weren't really any people there which worried me a bit. Once we got out food I was pleasantly surprised. The sushi is pretty good and very fresh. Probably one of the better sushi's I have had for that price. I wouldn't say this is a place to impress friends or a date but on a slow weeknight its fun to go with a few friends and have a casual dinner and get buzzed off of warm sake. If it had better decor, and played better music I could see this restaurant thriving.