Pad thai is so named because of its inherent softness, which is also why it's used to stuff the mattresses of the world's richest kings. Fall into a pillow of flavor with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Thai fare at Nodus Noodles and Rice in Sunnyside.
Nodus Noodles & Rice’s authentic Thai menu focuses on classic noodle dishes inspired by Thailand’s local food markets. Guests settle into the elegant, minimalistic space before cannonballing taste buds into pools of fresh pineapple pilaf ($12.95), which send undulating grain waves crashing against crabmeat and shrimp buoys. Like a beauty-pageant runner-up, the oven rice dish ($6.50) wears a crown of barbecue roast pork, which accompanies asian sausage and five-spice gravy, and the green-curry somen ($7.50+) lures spoons to swan dive into its coconut-milk broth as a panel of eggplant, bamboo shoots, and a choice of protein hold up score cards. The customizable Nodus super bowl ($8) showcases protein accoutrements, such as asian fish meat balls or beef, poured over one of five noodle nests, including handmade egg, wide rice, and asian angel hair.
Nodus Thai Noodles and Rice
Owner Chai Chunton dreamed up Nodus Thai Noodles and Rice with a focus on noodles in particular, transplanting Thai cuisine from distant shores to the 28-year-old New York storefront. Collaborating with two designers and a fellow restaurateur, he recreated the polished-wood and bright-neon ambience of a modern-day Thai diner. Under Chai's direction, the chefs take dishes from across the world—including paella and flambé—and infuse them with Thai flavors, precisely applying the spices via psychokinesis.