We ate at Mai (Atlantic Ave. east of 3rd) last night. The space was surprisingly nice. Brick walls, nice decorations. Comfortable seating. Although the tables were a bit close, this was not a problems as the place was not full. The lighting was perfect, bright enough to read the menus and see the food; dim enough to be very comfortable.
We had scallop dumplings and shrimp pancakes as appetizers. A shrimp curry and the duck as mains. Sticky rice was extra. The dumplings, pancakes and curry were quite good in a non authentic kind of way. The duck made no pretense at being Asian at all but was quite wonderful. A full half duck deliciously roasted with the breast cut into pieces and the leg left whole. This required a knife, fork and chopsticks to eat. The other food could be managed with chopsticks.
Service (by young American waiters) was very pleasant. The owner/manager? (Asian lady) came around to check on how we were enjoying the meal.
They do not have a liquor license yet, so we had to go to the the nearby grocery for beers. They had lots of Brooklyn selections, but not much else of quality.
We did not have dessert.
Even with the duck which was close to the most expensive entrée on the menu, the bill for two entrées, two appetizers, and two sticky rice came to $50, including tax and an almost 25% tip (after all we did do BYOB). Add another $5 for the 3 Brooklyn Browns and we ate like kings (or king and queen) for very little.
We'll certainly be back, but not when we want ethnic (or even Americanized) Thai food. More when we're in the mood for somewhat Asian inspired European/American cuisine at Asian food prices.
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