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Qi Esarn Thai
Posted by Eric on 09/03/2011
When I fist walked by this stylish looking restaurant I was skeptical, thinking that it might be mere style over substance. I have never been more wrong about anything! Our meal at Qi was delicious! And the prices are as great as the ambiance.
Posted by Moniki on 02/11/2011
The food was the best food we had while in NY and the atmosphere is great! Perfect restuarunt all the way around.
Posted by sb on 11/13/2010
I was looking for a place around union square that had good food and wasn't too expensive for NY. I didn't care about decor and ambiance or service for that matter. Well, what a surprise Qi was all around. The food was terrific. The service was great and the place is lovely. The waiter was very helpful and friendly. His suggestions were right on for us. We were not rushed at all. We had time constraints ourselves and service was prompt. My pet peeve is getting served food that is cold. That was not the case at Qi. The food was freshly made and piping hot. There are a lot of choices for vegetarians and not just the usual stir-fry and noodles or pad thai that tastes like bad chow mein. We had crispy sesame crusted tofu, served with crushed peanuts and sweet chili dipping sauce. Kind of like mozzarella sticks but with a sesame crust that was both beautiful and tasty. Asian chive taro corn dumplings were delicious. I am funny with the gelatinous taro served as dim sum but this wasn't like that at all. The dosa is a crepe made of lentils and rice with a filling of your choice. Ours was vegetarian. It tasted like a French crepe filled with grilled vegetables perfectly cooked. It easily fed 2 people. The Spicy Holy Basil with imitation duck was sautéed fresh basil, chili, garlic, onions, eggplants and bell peppers. I am not sure what duck tastes like anymore but this dish was very well done. The texture of the "duck" was very pleasing. It was a little spicy for my companion but perfect for me, just a little sniffle in my nose. Not so spicy hot that you can't taste the food. I like to try several dishes at a meal. There is enough in each portion for ample tasting by 2 people and the prices are so reasonable that sharing is almost obligatory. All and all I think this is a great restaurant. Definitely a go to place again and again.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/14/2010
We came into Qi after passing by. There was no one in the restaurant but the reviews from the phone looked promising. This place was great. Awesome food, great service and cheap! We each got apps and a main and shared a dessert for $21. Great atmosphere. Will return.
Posted by tiffizz on 07/28/2010
With most menu items around $10, this is a commonsense cure for the common Asian cuisine. Inspired by a two-page list of medicinally healthy sounding ingredients, the menu attempts to reinvent the wheel on a range of pan-Asian dishes -- but if you are feeling tried of the same-old Asian fare, maybe having some cone-shaped towers of rice, loud music and artsy chimes/decor, and health-loaded "Qi" grain blends may be just what the doctor ordered.
Posted by Jennifer on 05/20/2010
I went today with two friends and I have to say I was surprised. The food was AMAZING! The service was fine, I just wish they would've given us some space.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/15/2010
Went to QI because I heard a lot of good things about it. From the reviews, it finally seemed like their was finally going to be a halfway decent Thai Restaurant in Manhattan, but this turned out not to be the case. When I arrived we were promptly seated because it was still early and there were not too many people there. However, in the first 5 minutes the waitress came back 3 times to take our order. We hadn't even looked at the menu and she was pushing us to order. Not a good start. I ordered the duck gyoza, which were good, but not great. I ordered the Miso Glazed Sea Bass Curry for my entree and was really disappointed. The fish was cooked perfectly, but I couldn't pick out any distinct flavors. Muddied is the best way I can describe them. If you are going to hang out at a cool, trendy Asian Fusion Place, then I think you will enjoy it. If you are going for authentic tastes of Asia, you will be disappointed.