Ah. You win some, you lose some. I’m pretty convinced this foodie friend of mine always knows the best tiny joints in the city so I was excited to come upon Rice when he led a few of us there a couple days ago. The place itself was so cute, but I think it was a sum of a lot of things that made it not the best experience this time around.
Here’s the cliff notes version. 1) It was raining and cold that night and we walked a good 15 minutes out of our way to get here; 2) We were all starving and waited another 15 minutes to get seated…pretty standard but that feels way longer when you’re famished; 3) To add insult to injury, they took ONE HOUR to get our food out. The people next to us who came after us go their food before we did; 4) When the food did come out, the portions were pretty small. And you’d think being so hungry, anything would do, but my coconut thai curry dish was three-fourths rice and one-fourth curry. I guess to their credit, it’s not false advertising. But I was still starving after my meal!
Granted, I also got the smaller dish (it comes in a small and large), but after waiting so long, I was afraid ordering anything else would take another five years.
The food was not bad, and not expensive. Just probably not worth all that trouble.
Occasion: My birthday celebration goes on!
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: *** The place and cute and cozy, I’ll give it that. Loved that they had a fireplace too.
Would I go back?: Nah..even though I’m pretty sure it might have been a one-off experience, it also wouldn’t be on the top of my lists to go back to!
292 Elizabeth St,
btw Houston & Bleecker St.
New York, NY 10012