Ancient Egyptians often threw salt up to the heavens to bring rain, which is why modern humans throw pepper at vending machines to summon Diet Coke. Enjoy a showering of seasonings with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $20 worth of Thai cuisine at Beet in Brooklyn.
With outdoor seating available in the Park Slope area of Brooklyn, Beet offers a menu of Thai-influenced dishes. Culling from a variety of proteins, from chicken and beef ($9) to red-snapper fillet ($15), Beet's chefs whip up piquant curries, including green and pineapple, as well as classic Thai stir-fries, such as basil and garlic simmered in spicy chili sauce and cartoon fire. Inspired by Japanese and French food-fashion, Beet's salmon coats itself in a teriyaki glaze sweetened by pineapple and cranberry ($14), and the crispy duck tries on billowing hats of pancake, cucumber, and scallion ($16). To wash down either dinner or any of Beet's weekday lunch specials, a SOHO lychee martini infuses Absolut vodka with SOHO lychee liqueur and cranberry juice ($8), and imported beer ($4) and glasses of white ($5.50+) or red wines ($4.50+) patiently renew their passports.
Formed of exposed brick and flowing fuchsia drapery, the modern, Zagat-rated Beet Thai has garnered a mélange of press for its distinct lunch and dinner dishes, which borrow select flavors from the culinary powerhouses of France and Japan. Steaming starters of crab and shrimp cool in savory chili-peanut & plum dipping sauces, and entrees utilize champagne, bamboo, and mango to ramp up pork chops and crispy duck.