11/03/2010 01:26 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Is Former Top Chef Winner Harold Dieterle Making The Best Thai Food In New York?

One could be forgiven for having low expectations of Kin Shop, Harold Dieterle's new Thai restaurant in the West Village.

Because, on some level, it sounds like a disaster. Top Chef graduate takes over a floundering trendy Chinese spot and turns it into a "contemporary Thai" restaurant? In another chef's hands, you may well have found showy and unevenly executed fusion fare.

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