Kin Sushi & Thai Cuisine | Ukrainian Village/East Village | Asian, Japanese, Thai | Restaurant

Kin Sushi & Thai Cuisine Menu

Hours: Lunch: Monday-Saturday; Dinner: seven days
Open Late: Friday & Saturday till 11

Price: $$

Noble Square Thai and sushi restaurant.

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I've praised many a neighborhood restaurant by saying I'd become a regular if it were in my hood. Well, Kin Sushi & Thai cuisine is, and based on one visit, I wouldn't go back. I don't mind so much that the budget-sleek black-and-gold spot exceeds reasonable decibel levels when crowded, as it often is. Or that some of the seating around packed-in light wood tables is uncomfortable, especially the backless benches. Or that I saw a few ants crawling on the yellow-painted concrete floor. Or that the single door is bound to make the place cold in winter. What I did mind was waiting half an hour after ordering to get anything to eat and then being served a Kin salad that bore no resemblance to the menu description: "fresh tuna, mango, avocado, soy mint sauce, micro greens." Instead it consisted of mixed full-size lettuces with tomato, cucumber, and three slices of raw tuna in a standard, mintless Japanese dressing. Our waiter didn't notice anything amiss with this--or with our Alaskan maki, which was supposed to have fresh salmon, avocado, and ikura on the outside but instead just had seared salmon, leading me to suspect it was the wrong roll entirely (it was). It took three tries--and until the end of the meal--for an Alaskan with all the ingredients to arrive, and I suspect it still was missing the mango inside. It wasn't very balanced, either: too much crunchy-salty salmon skin. Our nigiri-sushi--unagi and saba (pickled-tasting mackerel--were average at best, as was ice-cold goma-ae with too little of the smooth, thick sesame sauce. Of the Thai entrees, most of them noodles and curries, we tried pad thai that suffered from oversoaked noodles and panang curry that lacked the listed kaffir lime leaves. The beef, our pick of protein in it, was quite chewy, and the vegetables included atypical cabbage and broccoli florets. Desserts--mochi, coconut ice cream--aren't made in-house, and free mini cupcakes failed to compensate for a disappointing meal.

Anne Spiselman

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Price: $$

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