Spicy food is a great way to separate the men from the boys, the women from the girls, and the girls from the boys if they get too rowdy at co-ed canoe camp. Test your strength against this delicious divider with today's Groupon to Thai Rock in Rockaway Beach. Choose from the following options:
For $49, you get a five-course, prix fixe dinner for two, which includes a choice of any two appetizers (up to a $16 value), two soups (up to a $12 value), two house salads (a $12 value), any two entrees (up to a $44 value), and two desserts (a $16 value) (up to a $100 total value).
For $18, you get brunch for two, available on Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m.–4 p.m. (up to a $36 value).
For $12, you get lunch for two, served Monday–Thursday, 12 p.m.–3 p.m. (up to a $25.90 value).
Thai Rock spices up mealtime by combining the lively flavors of authentic Thai cuisine with daily doses of live music and panoramic views of Jamaica Bay. As evening approaches, impress a date with your singing voice and pronunciation of traditional appetizers such as kui chai, a scallion-speckled veggie patty pan fried to perfect crispness, or som tom, a zesty and healthy salad tossed from string beans, carrots, green papaya, and a sauce of fresh lime, garlic, and chili. Mouths brought to boil by simmering pots of hot-and-sour coconut soup (tom kha) can cool off with a house salad of greens, cucumber, tofu, tomatoes, carrots, and a choice or peanut sauce or fresh ginger dressing. Entrees invite appreciation for any combination of noodle dishes, fresh seafood offerings, curries, or house specialties such as pad kaproaw—a colorful, chili-sauced conglomeration of white onions, bell peppers, snow peas, and fresh basil—or pad pak—a medley of mixed veggies, spicy ginger, and oyster sauce whose flavors meld equally well with beef, pork, shrimp, duck, scallops, or a fork. Cap off the five-fold feast with plates of bananas in sweet coconut milk or homemade fondue with challah bread.
Pier-side lunches present pairs with equally palatable platings such as a green coconut curry with fresh eggplant, bamboo, bell peppers, and basil, or spicy siracha fried rice with eggs, green peas, and scallions. Weekend brunchers will find themselves treated to a mimosa, bloody mary, or other drink of choice, as well as a host of succulent specials including a marinated pork chop served atop sticky rice, and a salmon yellow curry that changes colors according to the diner's mood. Whether dining at nighttime or noontime, the eatery's beachfront patio adds visual spice to any meal, providing dramatic lighting for twilight performances from rock bands, jazz groups, and staged readings of the menu.
As salty breezes blow in from the ocean and Jamaica Bay, they intermingle with the scents of authentic 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 meat or vegetable 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 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. And, for the ultimate bourbon experience, Thai Rock offers a Pappy Van Winkle Dinner Party complete with your own bottle of this rare and highly sought after bourbon.
375 Beach 92nd St.
Rockaway Beach, New York 11693