The Best Looking New Restaurant In Town

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Smack in the middle of Times Square is a wonder of lamps, projections, shrines, crystal hangings, and more white than at Justin Bieber's last dental visit.

It's Qi, an ornate-looking Thai restaurant at 675 Eighth Avenue (between 42nd and 43rd streets), and the food is really good, too!

The other night, chef Pichet Ong brought over a tangy array of prawns, pork, salmon, and so on, all in rich and interesting sauces.

And the desserts! One with tamarind pudding was so good I was sure I'd died and gone to heaven -- a fact confirmed by the ultra-white surroundings and angelically dressed waitstaff.

Ong told me he loves the Pacific Northeast because "you don't question where the vegetables came from."

I never question where anything's from anyway -- I just stuff it.

But on your way to your sustainable foods at Portland, stop first at Qi. (There's a more modest one on 14th Street, too.)

But wear your shades and your knee pads.

It's bright and laden with religious icons.


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9 comments
FBTOT
FBTOT

Those place settings are AWFUL! And give it a year--those ultra-white surroundings are going to be looking REALLY dingy...

Melinda9
Melinda9

Barren, bleak, uncomfortable. Hygienic. (I removed 'desolate')

Vim
Vim

Barren, bleak, desolate???? The photos were obviously taken when there were no people in there. There are usually plenty of people in there.

latenitebump
latenitebump

another free lunch. tipping is not a city in thai land.

Phil Davis
Phil Davis

I always used to wear my kneepads when I visited Times Square. Does Qi have buddy booths?

Lorber
Lorber

How can you concentrate on the food when a place that that oonspakotche looking?

(I know I got the spelling wrong. it's a Yiddish word meaning "everything but the kitchen sink".)

Libi
Libi

It's so you!!!

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