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Posted by Anonymous on 05/24/2004
Ive been to quite a few Thai restaurants.. the food here is alright.. it isn't the best or the worse.. the prices are over priced.. i got a small soup with only vermicelli and few ground pork for 9 bucks! The service was poor.. the waitress/waiters looked like they didn't enjoy working there.. there are definitely better Thai restaurants.
Posted by M.G. on 04/10/2004
We have been to Jaiya several times and found the food to be quite good. The restaurant is tiny and cramped and the service is indifferent, at best. In a nutshell: this restaurant is good as a 'take-out' place.
Posted by Not so tough as I thought... on 09/22/2003
This is not a fancy dining experience...but for what it is, it is very, very good. Also...forewarned is forearmed...very, very, very spicy...even for those who consider themselves pretty tough as regards the spice element (which would be me, my Indian girlfriend and my family) this can outface the toughest. Haven't had Tom Yum this hot since Chiang Mai in Northern Thailand; and maybe I've softened up some since then, but this one comes pretty close to defeating me...
Posted by NY Chick on 09/15/2003
Jaiya was recommended as a good Thai restaurant in NYC with reasonable prices. I went in on a Saturday night and have never felt more rushed, been more rudely treated by the staff and tasted food that was nothing but Chili paste mixed in to make what ever you have hot and spicy. AND it was no bargain! We ordered the spicy beef salad to start. Our waitress asked us how we wanted it, we said hot. (My husband is from Thailand I was born and raised in India so we can handle hot) She asked us again, we said we would like it hot, to which she replied ?well if you order hot, and I put that order through, I am not going to go back and change your order? This was just the first thing our wonderfully pleasant waitress had in store for us for the rest of the evening. As we gulped our food down, and had just finished paying for our meal, the restaurant hostess came to our table and asked us to ?hurry? our leaving as they had more people coming in. My advice, skip this place and go mid town or even downtown for much better Thai food and service
Posted by Chee on 05/29/2003
Very spicy food. Get anything with 'house special sauce' - they are excellent. The lobster with special sauce though, does not look like fresh lobster - but regardless, it tastes very very good. For first-timers, get 'mild' or even 'not-spicy'. The 'regular' is very spicy. And only get 'extra spicy' if you have prevacid ready.