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Restaurants & Bars New York State (exc. NYC) Thai


red tequila | | Jan 31, 2010 12:58 PM

Not all asian restaurants are the heart of Sleepy Hollow NY lies what i consider to be in the dead of winter, a warm, cozy and the best asian foodie place around. Owners Sonny and Anne Soncharoen, along with their broods Val and John and granddaughter Lauryn make up what is known as Tyrynda Thai. My husband and I went there for our 13th wedding anniversary brunch and found the experience unbelievably well worth it. We walked into a brightly lit and inviting dining area, walls hung with Thai inspired art. A life-sized Buddha stands next to the bar, to which Sonny took complete control of, mixing every drink imaginable to a perfect tee. We started off with rolls, curry puffs and grilled beef. I was adamant about the grilled beef since it didn't sound very Thai-ish to me.Val explained how it is cooked and gently persisted i get it, so i did. It was the best beef ever. Nothing was overdone and all ingredients including the dipping sauces married well. Our entrees consisted of Pad Prig Khing (String beans & kaffir lime leaves w/ spicy chili paste) which we added beef, chicken and shrimp.The vegetables along with the meats that came with it which soaked up all the spices were fabulous. Next was Lamb Massaman Curry (Lamb, avocado & onions, w/ massaman curry) If you've never had lamb before, this is the perfect introduction. Sonny said the lamb shanks takes six hours to prepare BEFORE COOKING. The masaman curry with avocado chunks and the falling off the bone lamb meat was like heaven on earth And of course, Pad Thai with tofu. Clean, simple, authentic, the way pad thai should be. Our gracious hosts made our day even more special by sharing stories about life, family and cooking. Did it end there? No way. We were pleasantly surprised by dessert! Fried Ice Cream w/ Raspberry Sauce and Flan (on the house along with drinks of our choice). We have found a new favorite spot. This unassuming place tucked in the corner of college and cortlandt street is made special by the vision and warm spirit of its owners and staff. They know how cook. They know how to please and quite simply, they have very, very good food.