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Beyond Thai Kitchen
Posted by Scarlet on 06/22/2008
I went here for the first time last night with my bf. I agree with the reviewer who said the decor reminded her of Sea, which I have been to maybe 10 times (and do prefer). Beyond is a narrow restaurant and one entire wall is lined w/ padded benches which were too narrow to be really comfortable.. We were one of only 3 groups there (at around 10:15 on a Sat. night) so the service was very attentive and friendly, answering questions about dishes and quickly refilling our water glasses. However, before ordering I asked if the Penang Curry was spicy and was told it was "mild." It definitely wasn't and had too much heat for me, that it ruined the dish slightly. Because it was my boyfriend's first time ever having Thai (he was nervous about it and I had to convince him that if he liked Chinese food then he would love Thai), I ordered appetizers that I would deem "user friendly" and simple, traditional Thai foods. Chicken satay was good (yum for the sweet cucumber salad accompanying it), as were the veggie rolls, though nothing special. The veggie rolls and accompanying plum sauce were too similar to Chinese egg or spring rolls, and next time I would go with the fresh rolls. I enjoyed the chicken soup w/ the coconut milk, he didn't (too adventurous for his palate). For entrees I suggested my boyfriend try a "safe" noodle dish he went with the Pad Se-ew w/ chicken which was so yumy, he cleaned his plate. My Penang Curry was spicier than I expected (based on the input of the staff), and I basically picked out all of the chicken which I ate w/ the accompanying jasmine rice. A side order of sticky rice arrived wrapped in fried wrappers (like rice-filled spring rolls), which is different than I have had at other Thai places. The same fried wrappers made an appearance on the Fried Banana dessert. Overall the experience was a pleasant one and we walked out stuffed. Value - Including a 20% tip, the bill for 2 appetizers, 2 soups, 2 entrees, one side, and one dessert (but no drinks) came to $54. We selected Beyond for its location (near a bday party we attended after) and also for its ambience (all in the lighting and definitely not in the seating). However, based on reviews I have seen both on Menupages and other websites, Boyd Thai seems to be the place to go in the West Village area for Thai food, and I'd definitely like to try that first before returning to Beyond,
Posted by Tom on 05/12/2008
I tried Beyond Thai Kitchen a few evenings ago. It not long ago replaced a Thai restaurant that has been at that location for years. The very sophisticated new decor made me suspect that the prices would have increased, but everything was surprisingly affordable. I had the massaman curry with shrimp, and it was really superb. Service was excellent also. I strongly recommend Beyond.
Posted by veggie foodie on 04/25/2008
My boyfriend and I ended up trying Beyond last night since the place we intended to eat at was closed, and we had just passed by Beyond and remarked at how cute it looked and how we should try it another time. Lucky us, because we LOVED it. Atmosphere: The place is very nicely done up, lovely trendy lights, wonderfully stylish martini glasses/bowls/etc. Clearly somebody has paid a lot of attention to the detail here. Sort of reminds me of Sea or Spice or Peep. Service: Surprisingly, there was only one other couple dining there on a Thur night, no idea why! The wait staff was super attentive and very friendly. They took really good care of us, without being stifling. Value: They had a special for $12 that would get you an entree, appetizer and a soda. Most entrees were 8-12 bucks I think. Cocktails were $6 each. Pretty good pricing overall, and large portions as well. (We packed most of our curry, and a third of our noodle dish since we were both stuffed!) Food: The food was very good! We ordered a pad si ew, which was excellent. The scallion pancake appetizer was exceptional as well. Red curry, quite good. We have had better papaya salad though. I enjoyed my Lychee Sake Martini as well. I love when regular restaurants have good veggie options, and the fact that they could make any of the dishes with vegetables, tofu or VEGGIE DUCK (!) immediately made me a huge fan. I love mock meats, having been a meat eater before, and their veggie duck is really tasty and well seasoned. So two thumbs up for Beyond Thai, it went really beyond our expectations!
Posted by Anonymous on 04/23/2008
I read the reviews before me and my co-worker went there yesterday. The food is very Thai and the service is very good. It's surprisingly not expensive. I recommend pai thai and the thai iced coffee.
Posted by Thaiirish on 03/07/2008
Perfect location, next to the Blue Note club. My Partner and I just got back fromThailand and we already missed Thai food, so we decided to give them a try when we were at Blue Note last night. We couldn't be happier with our decision. They just opened a month ago and the place looks great. Modern decor with contemporary Asian feel. The service was very attentive. The owner even took time out to chat with us. The food was the best part, and the price is very reasonable. Dinner for 2 with drinks, 3 appetizers and 2 entrees for $44. We highly recommend the Moo Lang (Grilled Pork) and the Phad Thai.
Posted by iamme on 03/01/2008
After this space was closed for months with the shut down of the previous restaurant, when I walked by one day and saw it open I decided to try it. I was pleasantly surprised by everything I tried. The calamari appetizer was surprisingly delicious (cooked perfectly, not chewy) and came with a yummy sauce. The pad thai was a very large portion, I took some home for lunch the next day. We also tried a bottle of wine that was only $15 but still excellent. The servers were very attentive and asked us our opinion of all the dishes they're obviously looking to please. We'll definitely be returning frequently!
Posted by Jenny on 02/13/2008
I have been eating for a couple of time since they were opened...and I really enjoyed it. The food, the service and the atmosphere were amazing. I would recommend anybody to go there. Good price for great food!!!