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Posted by BW on 08/05/2009
I don't understand all the negative reviews posted here for Jaiya. Food: Absolutely wonderful. Extremely fresh and authentic preparations--much of the cuisine here will be too spicy for non-Asians (medium level is the highest one needs to go, as extra spicy can just be inedible quite frankly). The vegetables, from base ingredients to cilantro garnish are so aggressively robust and flavorful that it may spoil you from going to the land of frozen goods a la Spice and all other noveau-chic thai restaurants; this place has changed its decor to match the rest, but the food remains a standout. Service: I absolutely cannot understand the negative comments about service; we had at least 2-3 waiters at our beckon and call, providing instant refills and check-ins. Service is extremely friendly, accomodating, and quick. This restaurant provides more hands-on, considerate and attentive service than the $30+ per entree business casual only haute restaurants which fill this city. --Overall, this is the 2nd best Thai restaurant in the city, hands down (#1: Sripraphai in Woodside)
Posted by kelly on 07/09/2009
The waitress was performed a very poor service on my table. I don't think she could even speak much of english. The restaurant was looking good after the changes. Anyway, I liked the food here but a service.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/30/2009
The food is very mediocre but the service is poor. The waiters rush you in their attempt to kick you out asap to make room for the next customers. After requesting us in two failed attempts to leave, a waiter came by and dumped a set of plates on the table i was sitting at. The overall experience was subpar and frustrating
Posted by Anon on 04/28/2009
The pad thai is plain, boring and unappetizing. Don't get it.
Posted by Disappointed on 04/20/2009
The service is absolutely atrocious. After rushing us to order our food, we were left to an enjoyable dinner... until, of course, the bill came and were immediately asked to leave our table. Within a minute, two more waiters came by to ask us to leave, apparently because there was some pregnant woman who needed to sit down for dinner next. I made a bad decision by taking my friend from out of town to dinner at Jaiya on her only night in NYC. Never again. Friends who have been here later told me that the service is known to be poor at this establishment. The food maybe be okay, but the poor service makes the experience a total turn off.
Posted by jimmy on 04/19/2009
I tried a lot of Pad Thai from many Thai restaurants. The Wondee siam had a nice one. I hated to say The Pad Thai here was a real bad one. It had a strange taste. I guessed I was the one who had a different taste. Any how, I did not like it.
Posted by Charming on 04/07/2009
I absolutely love this authentic, spicy Thai food (which you can always ask to be spiced up even more or toned down greatly). The dishes with the special sauces are just heavenly! The Tom Yum soup and Pad Thai are the best! I would say everything I have ever tried has been delicious.