Yesterday I ate at Thaifriend, a restaurant on 90th St. just north of the 7 train. It's very small, and I haven't heard anything about it on these boards. Has anyone else eaten there?
I had pork pad prik. It wasn't enough to gage the quality of the kitchen. The pork was very moist and tender, but the sauce and overall vibe of the dish was rather bland.
They don't have sticky rice or larb. To me, good larb = good restaurant. Arunee (79th St. north of 7 train) has incredible larb. But Thaifriend does serve tripe, scrambled egg with pork, and various bloods and gizzards. That's a good sign, isn't it?
I'll eat there again next week. I think I ordered a bummer of a dish. Plus, the man who sits in the dining area (owner?) is super friendly; we discussed the election, and he is voting for Al Gore, because Bush sides with the wealthy and the big corporations.
On the way back to the train, I had a Mexican Food Moment. The tacqueria/grocery next door sells fresh, homemade gorditas. I had an al pastor. Question: does one order "uno gordita al pastor" or "uno gordita DE al pastor?" Either way, the gordita was absolutely amazing. Greasy and fresh, with soft pieces of pork, some of which were charred. I also discovered Manzanita del Sol; apple soda made with sugar, instead of corn syrup-- like Jarritos. But it was less sweet, and made with real juice. Yum.