Given the extremely um, limited dining options in Midwood, I recently was surprised and delighted to happen upon Lotus Thai Restaurant on Coney Island at Ave P. The place is actually quite elegant, and the food is a big step above most I've had in Brooklyn or, for that matter, Manhattan. The flavors are fresh and assertive, and the menu has interesting and unusual choices. I've only been twice and haven't had the opportunity to try many dishes, but the soups, apps, salads and the couple entrees I've had have been excellent.
They seem to have a nice, young scene going on, with a youthful clientele grooving to the modern dance/electronica music that plays pleasantly through the sound system. That's not necessarily my thing, but I'll definitely be going back to dig deeper into the menu, and maybe even down a couple of Pineapple Sakeritas!
Oh, and they're open late. Midnight, I think.
Lotus Thai Restaurant and Lounge
1924 Coney Island Ave.
1924 Coney Island Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11230