Nicky’s most certainly lived up to my expectations for a great meal and filling portions. Everything was exceptionally prepared and tasted exactly at the level of spice that the three of us requested. So, on the good side, I haven’t had much better Thai cuisine than here at Nicky’s.
The only downside, and it wasn’t that much of a big deal for us, is that the place is 100% chaotic. There is very little room to maneuver once seated so once you’re in your spot you are basically glued in place. The noise level is high as well so if you are looking for a quiet conversation filled dinner you can forget it. Fortunately my wife, oldest son and I could’ve cared less about talking to each other because we were too busy shoving the delicious food down our throats. But for people looking for atmosphere this isn’t the place.
The food came out exceptionally fast, almost too fast to be honest. I was halfway through my spring roll appetizers when out came my main course. That too was fine ultimately, except I had to stop multiple servers from taking dishes and asking us if we wanted boxes before we were done. This, I would imagine, is due to them understanding that a quick turnover on a Saturday night does two things: makes them more money and gets patrons to their shows or events downtown on time as well. Since we had tickets to a show at Heinz Hall it was appreciated but again if you want a dining “experience” that doesn’t feel chaotic or rushed this isn’t it.
At the end of the day if you are a fan of this cuisine, as we are, you must go to Nicky’s. It has some of the best Thai food we have ever had and we’ve been many places. Enjoy!