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Sripraphai

Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: authentic thai, Green Curry Crispy Duck, Fried Shrimp Cake, Green Papaya Salad, Fried Softshell Crab, indoor and outdoor dining, space for large groups, vegetarian menu

Thumbs Down: slow service, crowded, Pad Kra Prow

Recommendations: It gets pretty crowded so be prepared to wait any day of the week and any time of the day!

“CID Highlight” – Green Curry Crispy Duck: CID Rating 5 out of 5

I’m a huge fan of roast duck any which way you have it whether it be alone, in sauce, in soup, or on a salad.  Growing up that was the number one remedy for all my woes and worries.  Homesick?  Fell off a bike?  Broken-hearted?  Have no fear… have a duck leg instead!  Green curry is another favorite of mine whether alone, with basil, vegetables, poultry, or seafood.  This dish combined two of my favorites and doubled the dosage.  The flavor of the curry is sweet, spicy and milky but never heavy.  The serving of roast duck was abundant.  The small medley of vegetables like bamboo, green beans, and tomatoes adds texture and a bit of your daily dose of vitamins. Continue Reading »

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Kittichai

Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: decor, quiet conversation, zen calmness, any fish dish, pre-fixe lunch

Thumbs Down: chicken and bok choi, crispy seafood salad

Recommendations:

“CID Highlight” – Codfish in Spicy Wild Ginger Curry: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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Asia De Cuba (NYC)

Overall CID rating 4.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: decor, cozy seating, Calamari Salad, Cuban BBQ Chicken

Thumbs Down: pricey

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“CID Highlight” – Calamari Salad ‘Asia De Cuba’: CID Rating 5 out of 5

crispy calamari with chayote, hearts of palm, banana, cashews, chicory and radicchio, sesame orange dressing
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Overall CID rating 5 out of 5

Thumbs Up: Salt and Pepper Calamari

Thumbs Down: pricey, dress code

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“CID Highlight” – Salt and Pepper Calamari: CID Rating 5 out of 5


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L’Ecole

Overall CID rating 3.75 out of 5

Thumbs Up: value for the dollar, service

Thumbs Down: the trout

Recommendations: Try the $39.95 Five Course Prix-Fixe Menu for the best value. The menu does change often so check out the website for the latest L’Ecole has to offer.

“CID Highlight” – Passion Fruit Baked Alaska: CID Rating 4.5 out of 5

Omelette Norvegienne aux fruit de la passion

I have had baked alaska on several occassions but this by far is the tastiest interpretation I’ve had. The torched cream, frozen passion fruit filling and crust was perfectly layered for every satisfying bite.
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Overall CID rating 4 out of 5

Thumbs Up: the Strawberry Cheesecake ice cream, value for the dollar (for the ice cream)

Thumbs Down: pricey chocolates

Recommendations: Try all the flavors first before choosing your stroll in the park flavor!!

“CID Highlight” – Strawberry Cheesecake Ice Cream: CID Rating 4 out of 5

The fresh tasting strawberries and chunky cheesecake bites found within this all natural (no preservatives) ice cream was a great snack for a walk down 8th street on a warm, breezy spring evening. Pair it with a crispy and crunchy wafer cone and you have a great treat.
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Overall CID rating 3 out of 5

Thumbs Up: Max’s Three Layer Chocolate Concoction with Toffee Bananas
Thumbs Down: pricey, crowded, value for the dollar

Recommendations: If you go, go early if not at all! It’s not worth coming if you’re a true fine chocolate-lover.

“CID Highlight” – Max’s Three Layer Chocolate Concoction with Toffee Bananas: CID Rating 3 out of 5

Milk Chocolate cream layered with toffee bananas and white chocolate chunks, topped with whipped cream. Served with crunchy wafer balls and a biscotti on the side ringing in at $9.75. If you like bananas, then this dish is for you. It was a little hard to eat considering the small spout for the jar. But nothing a small coffee spoon can’t handle. The fresh bananas mixed in with the gooey milk chocolate cream hit two spots.
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