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Posted by auden2319 on 03/18/2009
I had a late lunch at Chili Thai for the first time and ordered the Pad Thai with shrimp and a Thai Ice Tea. No one else was in the place. It was clean, but tiny (seats about 20 people). My order came pretty quick. The pad thai looked and smelled good, but was the worst tasting I've had in NYC. It had 3 shrimps, the sauce was much too sweet and salty, and wasn't even spicy. Where are the peanuts and onion chives? And the bean sprouts were skimpy. It definitely was not traditional Thai and not worth the price. Whenever I go to a new restaurant, I always try the "typical" dish. For a Thai restaurant, that would mean the Pad Thai. Given this experience, I won't be coming back.
Posted by jeetendra on 02/18/2009
We were there on Vday wanted to try something new. To our surprise all the food that we ordered were excellent. Never had such a delicious Pad Thai before. The chicken basil fried rice (which i ordered very very spicy) was awesome. The restaurant atmosphere is very friendly and welcoming. Small and cozy but would definitely beat a lot of other fancy dinings.
Posted by e24m on 02/13/2009
Great food and very sweet service. I highly recommend Chili Thai for a great cheap dinner, especially because it's BYOB. The owner is really sweet - she really cares about the food she serves and is very aware of too much/too little spice. If you ever have a spice request, you just have to ask her. The basics are good there. On the more interesting end, I highly recommend the whole crispy fish with chili sauce. Plenty of meat on the fish - especially if you go all the way from nose to tail!
Posted by Alberta516 on 02/11/2009
Ok, so this is a pet peeve of mine. I hate it when Thai restaurants cook for an American palate since I go wanting and expecting spicy food. Chili Thai is a small hole-in-the-wall, I believe formerly occupied by Wondee Siam, but I don't care about that since it's all about the food. I do like that it is "bring your own bottle" since this allowed us to enjoy the wine of our choosing at low cost. The other night when we were there, the service was friendly, courteous and actually rather sweet. However, after receiving our appetizers, which were fresh and ok, the seafood salad being a standout, I had to request extra chili powder to get any semblance of heat. Because of this, I asked that my entree be "Thai hot" or very spicy, 4 out of 5 -- I couldn't have been any clearer. Still, it came out totally bland. They sent it back to the kitchen and offered to recook the whole dish. I told them it was ok to just add more chili and send the same dish back. It was then okay spice-wise, although it had a reheated quality. Everything was well priced/cheap and good size portions. My friend, who does not like spicy food, was very happy with his tamarind duck, fried calamari and salad. Mine was just okay. Caution -- If you like spicy Thai food, really emphasize that or your dish will be underspiced.
Posted by Ben on 01/30/2009
Delicious food and great staff. Always accommodating and very well priced.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/17/2009
My favorite Thai restaurant in the neighborhood (and we've tried many). The Tom Yum soup is wonderful as are the curries and noodle dishes. It's a small space but a warm one. The motherly woman who runs it (the owner? not sure) is incredible welcoming, and really wants you to enjoy your meal. Regarding comments below about consistency, I've always found it remarkably consistent... there's a lot of bad Thai out there. And life is too short for bad Thai, so come here.
Posted by hotel concierge on 01/04/2009
food here is outstanding, family ran business treats you like a family memberS, water refilled contantly and if you like heat they bring you powdered crush peppers! had the traditional pad thai chicken and toM yum coconut soup. seats about 35 people so go afternoon or after theatre...a gem on 9th av for the taste buds! will be back next week for lunch