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Posted by misobrilliant on 06/25/2014
There's a new best Thai restaurant in town! Okay first let me preface this review by first disclosing my obsession with Thai food, I have been to Thailand over two dozen times and have tried almost every Thai restaurant in New York, My belief is that Thai food should be a cuisine of its own rather than being relegated to a subset of Asian cuisine. My favorite Thai restaurant used to be Won Dee Siam (location no.1) on 9th Ave, then it was SriPaiPhai in Woodside, Queens. Both of these have been surpassed by the innovative and creative dishes of Songkran. As another reviewer mentioned, this restaurant is under new management as of March 2014 , and the change is refreshing. In fact the only similarity that this new management shares with their predecessor is the name. The staff is attentive piolite and professional. Some definite musts are the Mee Krab (or Mae Grob)- a perfect blend of salty, sweet and spicy. Hands down the best I've ever had, and I've tried a lot of krab in mee [sic] life! Pair that with the pillow soft curry puffs and your apps are set. For entree, I recommend the Sidewalk, which is reminiscent of a dish you can get on the streets of Bangkok - these guys had me at the Mee Krab! If you're brave, I recommend getting this dish "Beef Thai style" - this is not for the faint of heart as it WILL be spicy (you should definitely let the server know your ability to handle spice if you order this. As it normally leaves the kitchen it will burn the taste buds off of most American tongues. If you're still hungry, and want to try a noodle dish, you must try the Drunk Man Noodles. I had heard that this was a popular dish at Songkran, and was fully prepared to be underwhelmed, but the dish is very tasty. That and the Pad Si Eew (nothing ewwy about this dish) - the level of wok smokiness is masterful. To wash down this meal, you can not leave without trying the herbal drinks. The Thai iced tea and coffee are authentic and delicious, but the herbal drinks are homemade and truly unique, I understand that this restaurant has an arsenal of different herbal drinks and since it is home brewed, they will feature only one or two per day. I love a place that considers its drinks as carefully as the meal that it goes with.
Posted by Alkan on 12/30/2012
Best music I've ever heard in a restaurant, very ambient atmosphere, super friendly wait staff, food came quick and was excellent quality. The value is simply excellent. People need to know about this place it was such a great dining experience. Hands down go, try the mango ice cream!
Posted by KC on 06/01/2012
I've been here maybe about 10 times and every time I order the Crying Tiger. It's so good! Other people I've dined with here have also enjoyed their meals. The restaurant is small but nice.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/04/2012
Inedible! I never write reviews but as I'm writing this I'm crunching on what seems like sand in the blandest pad Thai I have ever ordered, and I have ordered a lot of pad Thai. I'm starving and disappointed. It almost tastes like wet sticks, there is a woody aftertaste, from who knows what. It's absolutely unappetizing and though I've barely eaten all day I can't take another bite. If it weren't delivered, I'd demand my money back. The summer rolls were average though. What a completely annoying waste of $20. Blech!
Posted by Rachel on 09/19/2011
Let's be honest, this place would not hold up to any of the Woodside Thai places, or any Thai restaurant that places a premium on fresh ingredients. However, as an office worker in the neighborhood, this is the best we've got and I order from here often. The lunch specials run $9.75 with tax, which is a lot, but the portions are also generous and the food is leaps and bounds ahead of any of the other Thai places close by.
Posted by Tom on 05/29/2011
I eat here all the time. I'm trying most of the items on the menu. They're all great!
Posted by Ria from Paris on 06/10/2010
The quality of the food is sub-par. The soft shell crab was greasy, the pad thai tasted like it was made with some fake Thai sauce, and everything else we had was really unpleasant.