A new Thai restaurant opened up on montague Street. It's named Thai 101. It's on the north side of Montague, just before Hicks as you heads towards the river -- across from the Bossert. It's in the space that was most recently a sushi place and before that it was Lotus Chinese/Japanese.
Here's what I gleaned, in no particular order, from getting a takeout dish last night:
-- They opened Thursday
-- They spent a good amount of $$ renovating the interior. It's trying to look hip/trendy/stylish. A little spare in my opinion.
-- There's a long communal table up the middle and a lot of wasted floorspace. I think they're gonna be in trouble when they have to close the outdoor seating.
-- They're crazed in there -- they have a lot of kinks to work out. When I ordered takeout and asked how long it would be they told me "we're a little backed up right now, maybe 25 minutes."
-- I'm not very Houndish about Thai food... the menu seems to be basic NYC hip Thai. Really not much different from Tuk Tuk or Joya.
-- The prices are maybe a dollar higher that I'd like them to be. Most entrees are $8 to $10. (Since I can get takeout -- I live a block away -- I don;t care because I can save the $$ on waitress or delivery person tip)
-- It was pretty busy in there. Almost every table was taken.
-- My dish was actually quite good. Very spicy as I requested. A little skimpy in portion size and quantity of rice (it came in the little takeout box not the big one most chinese restaurants use).
-- I usually eat TukTuk. I give TukTuk a 8 for the kind of food I get. Joya anywhere from a 7 to a 8.5. I'd give this place a 6.5.
-- This place is gonna give the mediocre Thai Grille on Henry and Clark a real problem.
Bottom line? A welcome improvement to Montague Street - not the best ever but a needed addition to the takeout/delivery options in the 'hood.
That's it. I hope that was useful. If anyone else eats there post your opinion!