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!
Spinach rice balls
Lentils and black rice
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.
Had an delicious thai dinner with my friend Nabila recently at Galanga in Greenwich Village (see, I eat on the West side too!!).
She’s been before, so I left the ordering to her. We got an order of noodle soup, the Chiangmai Noodles with curry sauce and tofu ($9), which was pretty sizeable portion. We weren’t exactly starving, so this plate was more than enough for both of us.
This was one of the first thai places I ever tried in the city. It used to be my favorite, but I don’t know — recently I feel like the quality has been dwindling a bit.
Triangle Curry puffs, $4
Bangkok Panang Curry, $9
Random thought: Where a guy takes you to dinner can be really telling of his personality…we agree, yes?
At least I like to think so. Especially in NY where there are so many choices of restaurants and cuisines, he picked the one he did for a reason. SO, just to make it fun, I came up with my own totally biased take on first-date dinner choices.
Sometimes I find food pictures from so long ago, I can’t remember which dish is which. The good thing about the food from The Royal Orchid in Dubai was every plate was really tasty, so that should speak for something! It was also my first meal off the plane in Dubai. You guys should kind of already know about my food experiences here. They have some great mint hookah and tea right outside at Chandelier. The best ever actually.
Couldn’t ask for a better start to my vacation.
It’s weird how sometimes a place can be really good, and totally bomb the next time. Such was the case at Cafetasia a couple days ago.
The decor and long tables make it nice for big groups, and I love the original menu idea: plates are broken down by size, XS, S, M, L, XL, so depending on your mood and appetite, you can get a meal to match.
My friend Melissa and I went for the Crispy Duck and Apple Salad, Thai ‘Mieng Coconut Wraps, and Sae-Tai Chicken. FAIL.