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Jaiya New York
Posted by Simone D. on 07/06/2012
So we went on a Friday, there's a DJ, it's loud....like "can't hear your friend next to you" loud. Trust me, I like loud music, I like dance music, but I don't want to dine to it. So there's three of us, it's not crowded. We ask for a table, the host brings us to a table and asks if it's ok. I notice a door next to one of the benches we'll be sitting on and inquire if that door will be in use during our meal. If so we would prefer (one of the many) open tables in the back. We are assured it will not be in use...it was not a group hallucination...then we are repeatedly abused during our mediocre meal by various waitstaff coming and going thru said door. The food was very meh...the papaya salad tasted like they spilled a cup of sugar in it, even the hot sauce wasn't hot. The apps were overly sweet (corn fritters, crispy eggplant). The drunken man noodles were dry, the Jaiya chicken dish was just ok. Even if we didn't have the door debacle I couldn't recommend it based on the food alone. The service was good, it's pretty, it's dark.....but you need a seeing eye dog for the bathroom. If you don't like traditional Thai spicy then go for it.
Posted by AlyssaB on 04/27/2012
The one thing we left wondering tonight was, was the service really that slow and poor, or were they trying to keep us seated at our table longer just to make the restaurant look crowded? When we arrived we were told there was a 20 minute wait. We happily waited and were seated within range. When we got to our table, we passed 4 empty tables on the way back (this place isn't huge either). It took 15 minutes for a server to come to us once seated for our drink order, but we ordered everything at once. We ordered a salad and the meatballs as appetizers, which took another 25 minutes to come out. The salad was great, but the meatballs (alegedly made with beef) tasted like rubber cement. My husbands noodle dish was pretty tasty, although very spicy. I had an eggplant shrimp dish that was also tasty. (Rice is extra.) The portion sizes of the entrees weren't that substantial. Maybe had I ordered rice too, it would have filled me up more. The vibe was good with a live DJ and the decor was unique for a local UES place. The food was about average for the price tag, but the service and hype of this place is definitely it's downfall. Having visited Thailand myself, I was not impressed.
Posted by Lizzy on 04/10/2012
I have been excited for this new Thai place to open for quite some time now, and it was worth the wait! The ambiance is very cool (industrial zen), and the water feature is a nice touch. The food was all very tasty, and the waiter was attentive. Welcome to the neighborhood!
Posted by Dre on 04/01/2012
First impression upon entering this new spot in the neighborhood was of the cool, downtown asian-contemporary design vibe, water features and all. Loved that. The staff is attentive, polite, and knowledgeable of the menu. This spot just opened 2 weeks ago, and they are still waiting on their liquor license (only downfall for now, we were not the only ones disappointed we wouldn't e having a cocktail, but life goes on, and they'll have it soon). The food was delicious. We are still talking about it today. The duck learn was delish, crispy, minty, not greasy (though a bit salty, but not enough to put us off). Scallops special with curry paste and jasmine was light and flavorful. Basil beef (sub from minced chicken) was the least impressive but still delicious. Given the limited supply of ambience and good food in this neighborhood, usually forcing us I travel all the way downtown, this is a fantastic new addition, and we will certainly be going back. Can't wait for the liquor license and dj on weekends!