Kin Shop is Chef Harold Dieterle's contemporary homage to Thai food. I know, I know. Why am I doing this to myself again? (By "this," I mean eating at an "elevated" Asian place run by a non-Asian dude.)
Because it's Harold, people! I couldn't pass up a chance to eat at the very first Top Chef winner's restaurant. Plus, we couldn't score a reservation at Torrisi on such short notice. Plus, the Mayor suggested Kin Shop, and she has great taste.
The Typhoon -- mekhong, calamansi, aperol, Thai basil, Fever Tree Ginger Beer ($12).
Spicy duck laab salad, toasted rice, ground chili, Romaine hearts ($13).
our beloved Pa-Ord at home.
Fried pork and crispy oyster salad, celery, peanuts, mint, chili-lime vinaigrette ($13).
Grilled prawns, fresh lime, Phuket-style black pepper sauce ($4 each).
Pan-seared black sea bass, bamboo, bok choy, chu chee curry ($26).
the crispy sea bass we had at Le Bernardin three years ago, except Asian-ified.
Northern Thai-style curry noodle, braised brisket, cucumber, peanuts, fresh herbs ($24).
Peekytoe crab and pork Chiang Mai sausage, jackfruit congee, green onions, fried garlic ($28).
Root beer float with galangal ice cream ($8).
Thai coffee-chocolate ice cream ($3).
Thai iced tea ice cream ($3).
Passion fruit and lemongrass panna cotta, fresh mango, toasted coconut, sesame cookies ($9).
Kin Shop was pleasant. I liked my meal, and I loved catching up with the Mayor and meeting her boyfriend. But Mr. Monkey was not as blinded as I was by my reunion with my old friend. As we rode the subway back to our hotel, he said, "We can get better food like this for a lot less at a ton of places at home."
He's right. Valiant effort, but sorry, Harold. Please pack your knives and go [do something else].