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Posted by bronxelf on 05/16/2007
Before Klong was Klong, it was a clothing store called Religious Sex. The store was there for years before it closed and it was very strange to see this new restaurant open in the spot that had been so familiar for so long. For a while I resisted trying the place, so as to somehow preserve my memory for what it was (despite the insane overpricedness of the clothes in question.) Eventually, my love of Thai food won out. I'm glad it did, since I've been a regular at Klong ever since. I was going long before it became a trendy nightspot. Like other places that have become trendy, it's a real pain to go in there at peak hours. There's a wait, it's very noisy, and overall, there's other, quieter places to go during those times unless that's your scene. But. If you go early in the dinner hour, or during lunch, you'll have no problems. Many times it will be near to dead empty, and quite peaceful, really. It's not traditional Thai food by any means, but that doesn't mean anything negative. The lunch specials are an excellent value, the appetizers are all really tasty, and though their panang curry could be spicier, their kaffir lime pie makes up for it (as does the coconut ice cream.) The service is okay. It's not stellar, but it's not something that makes for a bad experience. The interior design while live acoustically, was done quite tastefully with a very limited budget. The tables are only a _little_ tight. I've been in much worse. Basically, the bottom line is this is a good, solid little restaurant, so long as you time it right.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/01/2007
nyc should be set a limit on noise or equirements for audio insulation. this is one of my fave restaurants. although on my last visit, the food was very greasy. the late night happy hour is genious. they know me; i wait until 11:30 to order the drinks. good food. good service. but so loud! but yea, check it out WITH EARPLUGS. =)
Posted by lavenderhoney on 03/22/2007
Usually, I take restaurant recs from my friends, but this place I found on my own. Perhaps thats why I love it so much....oh yeah and the food is AMAZING. I know thai places are a dime a dozen in the city, but the appeal of this place, even during the day is so high. I like the fact that you could walk right by it and not even know it was there. They offer a variety of thai dishes as well as original fusion specials that have all been incredibly tasty. so how much do I love this place? I went there three times last week. The first was with a medium sized group of friends for dinner on a weekend. The place was full, but they seated us quickly and tempted us with some of their cocktails one of which has coconut flesh, another with jackfruit. These drinks are so imaginitive and affordable, the second time i went for dinner, I had 2. I went later that week for lunch with a friend and for an appetizer and entree for each as well as a drink, the total came to $15 dollars. This is impossible for almost any sit down place in the city, especially for food of this quality. The third time I went for dinner with my family who eats voraciously. When the food arrived, they couldnt stop raving about it, plates were switched multiple times to get a taste of each dish. Although I would say the decor is very trendy, my mother appreciated the young atmosphere and wasnt put off at all by the lounge style music. Recommendations: chicken and shrimp dumplings, tamarind whole fish, pad see euw, lamb special, pumpkin curry, almost anything ive tried there really! ENJOY! this place is a real treat.
Posted by dknylic on 03/01/2007
Tried it the other night. Not really authentic Thai food. But, go for the hard chairs if you'd like to improve your posture(?) Food was alright, but not worth the price we paid. No thanks
Posted by Jules on 01/29/2007
I work in the neighborhood, and it's one of my favorite spots for lunch. For $8 you get an appetizer and choice of entree. The choices, such as pad thai or fried rice, are typical thai fare, but the taste is distinctive. Every dish is packed with bold flavor and keep my taste buds yearning for more. The only downside is the posh decor sacrifices comfort... some of the seating is literally concrete slabs, and it can be cold and drafty in the winter... but the food is worth it!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2007
Though I would agree that this is not "authentic" Thai food, it deserves a chance nonetheless. The atmosphere is great and the funky drinks even better! Some of the appetizers are absolutely fabulous, namely the rangoon shrimp and tuna tartar. I lived in Thailand for a while and though I don't come here when I am really craving Thai food, the good and cheap eats are of great value.
Posted by EastVillageFoodie on 12/27/2006
I love the flavorful food at Klong! I actually get a craving for Klong food at the mere mention of the restaurant! :p It can get pretty noisy inside, but the atmosphere is so cool and the food is so good that I don't let it bother me. I really don't know why I see all these negative reviews. I've eaten at Klong many, many times and made lots of my friends big fans too. We all love it!