Harold Hieterle got his big break on Season 1 of Bravo's Top Chef. Not only was he cute, he prepared food that consistently wowed the judges and had viewers wanting to eat their TVs. Soon after the show he opened a tiny restaurant called Perilla in Greenwich Village serving seasonal American Food. Decent enough, Perilla is still consistently booked. Recently, Dieterle opened his second restaurant Kin Shop just a short walk from Perilla.
With no reservation last night, we couldn't decide what we were in the mood for. We had stopped by the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck right after work and thus weren't starving. I had walked by Kin Shop and checked out the posted menu and remember being intrigued by dishes with braised goat. We checked on opentable.com and were able to get a 7:30 reservation.
The place was fairly busy when we arrived. The space feels open and isn't too loud, which is nice and rare in Manhattan. Appetizers include things like soups, salads and a few small plates - the beef tartar was a must for us. Chili jam, rice crackers, quail egg and a mushroom soy dressing topped the had cut beef and made this the perfect starter. It was light but flavorful and the mushroom dressing was the perfect seasoning for the soft beef and crunchy rice cracker.
None of the appetizers appealed to us as much - steamed pork meatball soup sounded good but would have been difficult to share, fried pork and crispy oyster salad sounded nice too but I am not the biggest fan of oysters. So, we moved onto mains.
I ordered the green curry with steamed triggerfish. The curry was sweet and spicy and came with kabocha squash and crushed cashews. The fish was very mild, like and flakey. I would definitely order this again.
We also ordered the brasied goat with Massaman curry. The flavors in this were rich and satisfying. The only problem was that the goat came on the bone and there was too much bone and fat and too little meat. It was topped with fried shallots, mustard greens and toasted coconut. We ordered the pan fried crab noodles that were made with vermicelli noodles, yellow chives and roasted chili. The noodles were my least favorite. They were a little fishy and it was off putting.
A side of the crispy roti was a must for scooping up the delicious massaman and green curries and a side of the chili chutney. The bread came out warm and was crisp on the outside but gooey on the inside - the perfect combination.
We also sampled the Thai white wine that they have by the glass and while it is "drinkable," I wouldn't recommend it.
I loved the space and the service was very friendly and prompt. I will definitely be back (if I can squeeze it in in my last few weeks in NY!)
Kin Shop 469 6th Ave. (212) 675-4295