My friend and I stopped into Dee Thai on a sunny afternoon in hopes of a cheap satisfying meal. This place has mixed reviews, but we decided to give it a go anyway. The empty chairs and dimly lit atmosphere among the contemporary decor, were cause for alarm. Though, despite of the sounds of crickets in the air… the experience was a pleasant one. The lunch specials offer several entree choices that include appetizers. Our mid-afternoon meal began with Thai dumplings served with honey-ginger sauce and kyo koong tod- a crispy wonton packed with shrimp and garlic served with sweet chili sauce. We slaked or thirst with a traditional Thai iced tea (not included in the lunch special price), hallelujah for sweetened condensed milk! The soft creamy layers of orange and white glided down our parched throats. A generous portion of time passed before we received our main courses, pad kee mow pork and pad kee mow shrimp. Although I normally don’t mind a wait for evening dining, this was lunchtime and the place was empty. When we were finally served our entrees our stomachs couldn’t have been happier. The satisfying helpings didn’t last long on our plates. The rich pork and shrimp mingled gracefully among the deliciously sauteed flat noodles. The vegetables were like colorful crunchy gems that floated throughout the dish. Green beans, baby broccoli and red peppers were sauteed just enough to maintain there raw hue and crisp. The flat noodles were tender and not over or under cooked. I haven’t tried Dee Thai for dinner yet, but judging by the lunch special, I would return. The ambiance was lacking, though I suspect it is livelier for evening diners. There is a full bar and delivery available.
Dee Thai 46-17 Queens Blvd Sunnyside NY 11104 718-786-8220
Luckily, the drunken noodles (also known as pad kee mao) at the Green Curry Thai restaurant in Astoria won’t give you a hangover, but they will give you a reason to adjust your belt. Diners will find it difficult to keep from devouring the entire dish in one bite. The tender pieces of chicken and broad noodles doused in a spicy fish sauce intermingle with red peppers, scallions, sprouts and chili. Green Curry makes this dish to satisfy palates that have moderate spice tolerance, but if your taste buds crave the heat you can ask them to make the entree hotter. I like the dish prepared spicy, but not sinus clearing. This version did the trick. There is more about this place than the food that will keep you coming back. The set-up is trendy, but casual. It’s a great place to either take a date or dine with a friend. Cutomers will also find that the servers are friendly and on the mark. They don’t ask you if you are still working. After all we’re not working, we’re eating and eating is an experience that should not to be rushed. Besides offering traditional dishes and lunch specials, Green Curry features authentic spicy salads, Yums- like larb gai ground chicken marinated in chili and yum goon chieng, a chinese sausage soaked in lime juice, cucumber and chili. I am sorry it took me such a long time to try this place. I will surely return.
Green Curry Thai Restaurant 35-13 Ditmars Blvd Astoria 718-777-7013
East Moon RIP- This business has closed and is now something else…IV (35-12 Ditmars Blvd 718-626-8180) is home to an amalgam of foods from the eastern hemisphere. This trendy Asian fusion eatery offers Japanese, Thai, Chinese, and Vietnamese. The extensive menu is grand in choice but less impressive when it comes to taste. The restaurant provides patrons with friendly and attentive service and a hip atmosphere- with neon lamps, dim lighting and flashy wall decor that looks the best in the evening hours. The food, however tasty, is missing something. The sushi salmon and yellow tail scallion rolls are acceptable albeit small. The Thai spring rolls are better portioned and palatable and the peanut sauce is the most delectable. The menu touts the shiitake mushroom and boneless duck entree- but the description should have included the bone- because there were small pieces throughout the dish- bite with caution! The crispy spring rolls were savory and hot. The perks are friendly service and fast and hot delivery. The Japanese menu offers mostly rolls and sashimi – not sushi entrees like srirashi. The Chinese menu has some entrees (szechuan eggplant), noodles and soups (wonton), the Vietnamese offers noodle dishes and the Thai menu offers appetizers and entrees. This restaurant is number 4 of a chain based in Colorado.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 4 so far )
Wave Thai (21-37 31st St 718-777-6789) Ditmars N/W
Elephant Thai (21-09 31st St 718-204-8827)
Opening two thai restaurants within 10 feet of each other normally wouldn’t prove to be a profitable or wise business venture, but somehow- these two thai restaurants on the lower end of 31st street (near 21st ave) make it work and here’s why: although they both serve Thai cuisine, they are both very different experiences, Wave Thai is a dimly lit and trendy space serving gourmet thai food at not-quite-manhattan prices. The ambiance is quasi romantic, making equally suitable for a date spot as well as a place to bring friends. The service is attentive and friendly, offering free delivery too. The food is a mixture of traditional and gourmet thai dishes that are decoratively arranged on your plate and taste as good as they look. In comparison Thai Elephant is an entirely different animal. This restaurant is more casual with a family friendly atmosphere as well as family friendly prices. Thai Elephant is a great place to get cheap eats on a weekend lunch, weeknight dinner or delivery. If you have room for dessert, or even if you don’t, order the fried bananas sprinkled with powdered sugar and drizzled with honey. These sticky treats are well worth the walk to the far end of 31st St.Read Full Post | Make a Comment ( 1 so far )