The idea is to eat Bangkok-style on the Kittichai patio, but in the NYC heat, we opted for the cool, calm bar area inside.
Food selections include Kittichai fish cakes with cucumber and red onion chutney, a Northern Thai beef salad with Chinese long beans and roasted sticky rice powder, and a to-die-for 'Meing' tuna tartare, limestone tartlets, peanut, ginger and lime. Plates average $12 each, and three was enough for two people at this between-meals hour.
The food was spicy goodness but even more fun was the Sunset Menu Summer Cocktail list. Choose from Watermelon Cooler, Passion Fruit Margarita and Plum Wine Sangria. A glass is $14, or a pitcher (the equivalent of five drinks) is $50. After much highly scientific reporting, we can heartily recommend the Passion Fruit Margarita.
By the time you've had three of these, the bar and restaurant starts to fill up with after-work drinkers and early diners. Since this is 60 Thompson, and Soho, it's one seriously good-looking crowd.
And no, that's not our Passion-Fruit Margarita Goggles talking.