SoHo's Best Restaurants: This contemporary Thai restaurant is a buzzy spot in SoHo's 60 Thompson, one of SoHo's hottest, see-and-be-seen-in-designer-sunglasses boutique hotels. The restaurant too attracts a well-coiffed crowd carrying au courant handbags and iPods in bejeweled cases. But none of this would matter if the food did not hold up to all that glitz and glamour. Fortunately, it does. Diners tuck into fresh sea bass with yellow beans, braised short ribs in green curry, and an endless stream of frosty cocktails. In 2012, the restaurant introduced a new Executive Chef, Vancouver's Angus An. His thoughtful takes on grilled arctic char and the classic papaya salad are already winning rave reviews.
Asian: Located on the street level of SoHo's fashionable 60 Thompson Hotel, Kittichai specializes in modern Thai cuisine, as interpreted by chef and namesake Ian Chalermkittichai. Among his creations are baked Chilean sea bass marinated in yellow salted beans, braised short ribs in green curry, and spicy duck breast with Hawaiian relish. This smart, sexy space, designed by the innovative Rockwell group, is also noteworthy for its open spaces, Buddha statues, bottled orchids, sleek geometry and atmospheric lighting. Lunch prix fixe $20; pre-theater prix fixe $30. TRAIN: C, E at Spring St