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NEW YORK: Thai Select

Posted in new york, restaurants by sue on July 13, 2010

www.thaiselectnyc.com
472 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
212 695 9920

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Good
Directions: ACE to Penn Station
Reservations: Unnecessary
Must Get: Their duck lunch special

9th avenue in midtown west/hell’s kitchen is overcrowded with Thai restaurants. Most actually share the same owner, at least that’s what their business cards imply. Thai Select is just one of the bunch and has been consistently good with the exception of a bland papaya salad. They even offer whole wheat pasta.

NEW YORK: Frame

Posted in new york, restaurants by sue on July 12, 2010

www.cafeframe.com
424 W 33rd St, New York, NY 10001
212 273 3730

Price: Reasonable/Expensive
Rating: Good
Directions: ACE to Penn Station
Must Get: Udon, Salad

Unfortunately for me and my coworkers, the food scene near my workplace is minimal to non-existant unless you are fans of fast food and Thai. Frame opened up a year ago, but for some reason no one at work discovered it until a few weeks ago. It’s an upscale deli, think dean and deluca without the ridiculous prices. They get their pastries from Ceci cela, their bagels from h & h, their bread from sullivan street bakery, the list probably goes on but that’s my knowledge of the place and it’s food. Their salads are inventive for a deli, their sushi is fresh, and the options are extensive. It’s nothing worth the trek out here for, but for someone who works nearby it’s amazing.

NEW YORK: Xie Xie

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on June 1, 2010

645A 9th Avenue, New York City, NY 10036
212 265 2975

Price: Cheap/Reasonable
Rating: Great
Directions: ACE to 42nd St
Reservations: You don’t need them
Must Get: Fish Chaca La Vong Sandwich with extra Sriracha sauce

I was a bit hesitant at first to try this place, just because of the name… Who names a place thank you??? (Xie xie means thank you in Mandarin Chinese for all you non-Mandarin folks out there.) But I’m glad I finally decided to give this place a shot. The midtown lunch blog said this place had too much mayo, but so far, my two sandwiches have been just right and I am not a huge fan of sauce. Maybe I went in on off days or maybe I’m just lucky? Their chicken and fish sandwiches are good; I prefer the latter, but I guess it really depends what you are in the mood for. The fish could use a lot more hot sauce though. One thing I would change about this place is the side dishes– lay’s potato chips should not be offered as a side dish when a restaurant does not serve burgers and/or has been opened for almost one year. That just doesn’t cut it for me. People have been raving about their ice cream sandwich, but that’s not a side dish to me! And for someone who isn’t a huge sweets person, that doesn’t sound all that appealing. Oh well, guess I’ll just have to keep getting just their sandwiches.

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NEW YORK: Aceluck

Posted in food, new york, restaurants by sue on April 7, 2010

530 9th Ave, New York, NY 10018
212 594 7083

PRICE: Reasonable
RATING: Eh…
DIRECTIONS: ACE to Port Authority
RESERVATIONS:  You don’t need them.
MUST GET:

Since there are so many Thai restaurants in this city, especially in this section of town (hell’s kitchen), I will never go back to this restaurant. Their pad khing was flavorless.