Restaurants & Bars 1


TastyLlama | Jul 24, 2003 11:13 AM

Can I just say, Thai food is wonderful? Yeah yeah, it’s all trendy now, but who cares? It’s often genuinely really good. I wish there was some on Long Island. One new place in the city, though: Aceluck, on 9th Ave between 39th and 40th. It’s only a month or so old at this point, so go and support it. It’s deserving.

It’s really an attractive little place. Brand new, of course, but one can tell that they’ve made an effort. Mirrored walls, attractive lighting, and real flowers. The place IS small… it seats under thirty. I had time to look around as I waited for my dining companion to arrive; I also sampled some sugar cane juice. If you’ve never had it before, go for it; it’s enormously refreshing, and despite the name, not overly sweet.

The menu varies from the charmingly informative to the belligerently incomprehensible. “Yum Chef’s Special: Come by the sea. Shrimp squid scallop in lime juice mint leaf onion scallion pineapple hot chili.” It’s a fairly large menu, too. Noodles, curries, fish, etc, plus a vegetarian section for those who for some reason disapprove of devouring mutilated animal flesh. Mmm, so good.

I tried the duck spring rolls, which I greatly enjoyed. Tom Yum Gai is an amazing soup that I’ve actually liked a little more at other places I’ve been; the soup itself was fantastic, but the chicken floating in it was unimpressive; probably a little overcooked. Another soup, Tom Kar Koong, was much more notable; coconut/lime is an excellent combination, not at all let down by the shrimp and mushrooms.

Thai pork chops. Mmmmmmm. Charred animal flesh is rarely this good. These were probably the fattiest chops I’d ever had the enormous pleasure of consuming; simply dripping with melting lipids. Don’t worry, it’s really extremely healthy (ß blatant lie.) The menu recommends rama chicken, so I gave them the benefit of the doubt. It payed off in the extreme. The chicken was much better then that bits I sampled in the soup, served in a mild peanut curry, over a bed of fresh cabbage. That I shamelessly licked the plate clean should make it clear much I enjoy peanut curry. It’s not for everyone, sure, but if spiciness is what normally turns you off, no need to be careful with this. Of course, there are the nuclear options too; I didn’t try it here, but if I remember correctly, green Thai curry is usually the spiciest in most restaurants.

Desert was pleasant, but nothing to get TOO excited over; fried honey bananas. Served warm, which is pleasant, wrapped in thin pastry dough, doused in honey, sprinkled with sesame seeds. Overly sweet, but hey, that’s what desert is for.

Overly, a highly positive experience. Go! On a hot day, if possible; they have great air-conditioning. Aceluck: 530 9th Ave, 212-594-7083. Free delivery!

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