Bar & Restaurant
By Joe Meny Photography by Erik Teng
“An excursion into the specialties of Northern Thai cuisine” Somewhat on the trendy side, Viv is great for a date or casual dinner with friends. Along with the food, the décor is just one of the things that makes this place stand out from the other Thai restaurants along 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen (note the giant golden dragon suspended from the ceiling). Step inside Viv, and you’ll find plenty of attentive and friendly servers, an inviting ambience, and affordable menu that offers big portions with unique presentations of almost every dish.
For dinner, there are 14 starters to choose from, with notable selections including Crispy Fish, a lightly battered friend fish served with sweet chili sauce; BBQ Short Ribs, served with Viv’s secret Thai sauce; and the Chiang Mai Sausage, a traditional Northern style spicy pork sausage with special accoutrements of steamed rice vermicelli, carrots, cucumbers and fresh greens. We also give a big thumbs up for the crispy calamari, chicken satay and Spring rolls.
Soups and Salads balance out the Starters, with Seafood Avocado Papaya Salad, created in a Thai fusion style, is both unique and seriously good!
A large number of selections are available that are prepared wok or stir-fried, with curry, or noodles, or fried rice. All very good, but when dining out for great Thai food, you want to be sure to look for what sets the restaurant apart from the rest. At Viv, one need look no further than the sections marked ‘f(eat)ured’ and ‘attr(action)s. It is here that you discover the true culinary soul of V(iv). Combined, both sections offer over 10 delectable, “I’ll definitely be back” signature dishes. The Red Snapper Mango Salad, made with fried whole red snapper topped with a party of mango, cashew nut, red onions, cilantro and scallions with a truly fabulous chili lime peanut sauce. A Volcano Chicken, grilled marinated Cornish hen topped with Thai herbs and zesty BBQ sauce served with greens and jasmine rice, is one of the most flavorful chicken dishes we’ve ever tasted! The Duck Tamarind, a crispy roasted duck in an aromatic tamarind sauce garnished with dry shallots and cilantro, is flavored to near perfection with just the right crispy crunch. The Lemongrass Pork Chop, a premium cut of pork marinated in lemongrass, all chopped up and served with rice and steamed vegetables, is cooked just right with a flavor combination that is truly quite wonderful in taste.
Offering a brief, yet complete menu, if you only have a ‘New York minute’ for lunch, then we suggest you get over to V(iv). A similar, yet smaller version of their dinner selections, you’ll discover great Starters, Noodles and Fried Rice, Wok & Curry, and Attractions that are sure to satisfy your lunchtime craving for great Thai food.
Success at V(iv) can be described in three words: location, food and décor. But don’t take our word for it…go experience V(iv) for yourself… and bring your friends!!