Recently Opened Restaurants

by Julie Besonen, 06/03/2015

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  • Kiin Thai Eatery
    36 E. 8th St., 212-529-2363, Greenwich Village, Manhattan
    Kiin Thai is not just another Thai restaurant. The owners of Somtum Der in the East Village have branched off to open this whitewashed farmhouse in Greenwich Village. Billed as country-style cuisine, the food is far beyond the talents of the average home cook. Consider the vegetarian "golden bags," an appetizer of crunchy, fried beggar's purses filled with a creamy blend of mushrooms, potatoes, carrots, water chestnuts, corn and peas tied up with an edible string and served with sweet chili sauce. They are spectacular to look at—and to pop in your mouth. Another specialty that's worth coming here for is lip-numbing coconut soup floating with pale, tender slices of chicken breast, lemongrass and red bird's-eye chilies. For a dessert-like beverage try the milky, carrot-hued Thai iced tea. There are communal tables; it's a good idea to come with a group in order to sample more of the tantalizing menu.

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