Bangkok Tasty in Astoria, Queens. I had dinner last night with my daughter who has eaten there consistently for the past four years and is a devoted fan. We shared a green papaya salad, and it was outstanding. I would not let the waitress remove the plate until I had eaten every bit of the dressing. I entertained the idea of asking for a small take-out container so I could take the dressing home and try to emulate it. But it was so good I consumed every last drop.
My daughter got the Green curry (vegetable) and I got the Pad Kee Mao, which was the wide rice noodles with vegetables, tofu, and a wicked garlic and Thai basil sauce. Both were exceptional. I am a cook, and can tend to be a bit hyper-critical, but my only criticism is that the chef doesn't teach cooking classes? Why not? I would be the first person to sign up!
Anyway, if you are serious Thai restaurant hound, then you need to get out to Astoria. Here is a good strategy--eat there but make sure to get an entree to go so you can have dinner at home the next night. I did that with the Green Curry, and just had some tonight. There was so much sauce that I could add some of my own fresh vegetables to it as I reheated it and could then "stretch" the sauce. btw, our total bill, including the green papaya salad, three entrees (one of them was to go), was $35.
I haven't found any Thai restaurant anywhere that is better, and I have tried several. If anyone else goes there, will you please ask them to ask the chef to do some cooking classes? Maybe if enough people ask, he will say yes.
They are at 29-06 23rd Ave. in Astoria. If they only had an outdoor cafe, they would be mobbed. I was hesitant to write a review because I don't want it to get "discovered" but then I realized that is pretty ridiculous. Their website is bangkoktasty.com. I grabbed a menu on my way out so I can plan ahead next time and order to go.
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