Thai Break: 10 of NYC's Best Southeast Asian Eateries
by Julie Besonen, 11/17/2010
Photo: David Mehr
60 Thompson St., 212-219-2000, SoHo, Manhattan
Kittichai shimmers with beauty, adorned with shelves of orchids suspended in jars of clear liquid, radiantly lit and lined up like so many science experiments. The elegant, otherworldly restaurant, housed in the boutique hotel 60 Thompson, has a new chef—the aptly named Ty Bellingham—who trained at top Thai restaurants in Australia. Several new dishes have been added to the menu, including pork tenderloin in complex jungle curry and rich, creamy, coconut-braised short ribs with Kaffir lime leaf and mint. Bellingham has also bestowed new twists on the restaurant's signature dishes, such as Mekong whiskey barbecue sauce on the baby back ribs. Prix-fixe lunch is $20, while dinnertime tasting menus start at $50, with a $20 supplement for a four-course wine pairing.