If you look around Mie Thai?s dining room and spot patrons digging into dishes that aren't on the menu, it's not because they're celebrities or the town's spelling bee champ. It's because they ordered the (sometimes secret) dish of the week that Mie Thai's chefs post on Facebook.
In addition to these creations, which have included gai tod rad prig?fried chicken, basil, and lime leaves in a spicy chili and garlic sauce?patrons can order a variety of fried rice bowls, bean thread noodles with tofu, and traditional Thai desserts, from sticky rice with mangoes to fried bananas drizzled with honey. Diners also enjoy an expansive vegetarian menu. These dishes pair with BYOB drinks.
The cooks at Chopstick and Taste of Bollywood fuse traditional Indian cuisine with Chinese cooking techniques, mixing in hints of Thai and Malaysian culinary traditions as well. Masterminded by chef Alok Pratihar, the menus include succulent seafood, piquant lamb entrees, and vegetarian dishes.
Thai Passion Restaurant’s chefs open the door to a huge world of authentic Southeast Asian fare. Patrons can send forks exploring through a plate of thai basil ($12.95–$16.95), where chili peppers, mushrooms, green beans, onions, and a choice of meat add zest to tender grains of rice. Whipped up with the customer's financial advisor's choice of tofu, chicken, beef, or shrimp, thai curry dishes paint appetites in one of four sweet and savory sauces—red, green, massaman, or panang ($11.95–$22.95). Diners can slur words while slurping up a nest of drunken noodles ($11.95), or annunciate clearly while speaking to the shrimp eggplants ($18.95), whose ears are filled with chili paste. The staff also slings a range of vegetarian-friendly fare, including sautéed faux-duck and sweet-and-sour tofu (both $12.95).
On a Thai menu, you wouldn't expect the first two words under entrees to be "New Orleans." But Summit Thai Cuisine's cooks bridge the gap between Eastern and Western delicacies with a medley of mushrooms, baby corn, and a choice of protein doused in bayou-inspired oyster sauce.
For the most part, however, the culinary team sticks to traditional Thai flavors, from beef, pork, or shrimp cooked with ginger and Thai herbs to puff pastries stuffed with chicken and cumin. An entire section of Summit's menu is even dedicated to Thai-style duck, such as roasted mallard topped with housemade spicy chili sauce. A mock duck option is available for vegetarians, as are vegetables in red curry—a tasty alternative to eating from a garden watered with hot sauce.
“Some New York restaurants hide behind unmarked entrances and velvet ropes. Laut hides behind its menu: a pan-Asian thicket of sushi, Thai soups and Chinese noodles,” said Julia Moskin of the New York Times. While the menu might be robust enough to provide shelter during hide-and-seek, the restaurant doesn't sacrifice quality for quantity, as the Asian fusion cuisine has garnered a Michelin star.
The food owes its authentic flavor to the owners, Malaysian natives Kathy Wong and Michael Bong, whose generations-old Malaysian recipes sing a culinary siren song to both city natives and tourists. The couple's kitchen staff only works with fresh ingredients, which go into the restaurant's signature sauces and flavor-infusions, including sweet chili sauce, tamarind dressing, and coconut rice. The eatery also houses a sushi bar, where the chefs do more rolling than an inner tube dropped from the top of Mount Everest. Its ample options and welcoming dining room make Laut “well worth a visit,” says Moskin.
As salty breezes blow in from the ocean and Jamaica Bay, they intermingle with the scents of contemporary Thai cuisine on the outdoor deck at Thai Rock. Specialties include the Poh Taek, a hot-and-sour hot pot filled with a combination of shrimp, mussels, squid, and whitefish. Chefs also stir-fry rice noodles with egg and dark, sweet soy sauce to create pad see-ew, available with a choice of protein such as chicken, certified Angus beef, pork, duck, or tofu.
As far as party spots go, Thai Rock lives up to its name. Live music rocks the indoor dining room year round, while tunes echo onto the outdoor deck and bar during warmer months. The eatery frequently hosts events, from karaoke contests to outdoor Zumba classes on the deck. The deck, with its panoramic view of?and direct access to?Jamaica Bay, is definitely a highlight of Thai Rock, allowing for warm-weather fun including pre-dinner jet skiing thanks to Rockaway Jet Ski at Thai Rock.