I was wandering down Orchard Street today. I was hungry and had a vague idea of taking a left on Rivington and heading to Tiny's for a sandwich. However, I ran across this new (I assume) Thai place that offered "Thai tapas" and decided to check it out.
It had a bar with seating right across from a small kitchen. There were tables in the back, I think, but I sat at the bar.
I ordered a coconut juice straightaway, then ordered three of the tapas: the green papaya salad, shrimp rolls "with whole shrimp" and calamari with hot sauce.
All the tapas I ordered were 4 dollars.
The shrimp rolls turned out to be four large shrimp fried in wrappers, with their little shrimpy tails sticking out. They were four tasty bites, but while they were physically hot, the sauce with them was kind of flavorless.
The calamari was a generous portion for 4 dollars, but the sauce, again, fell short. In retrospect I should have asked for a lemon wedge.
The papaya salad was excellent. Spicy, cool, complex, refreshing, and again, a fine amount for 4 dollars.
With a diet coke, my total bill was 18 dollars. If I had to do it again I would have taken a pass on the shrimp rolls, but I liked my other two dishes. They have larger meals (Thai raciones, I guess, heh) in the 8 to 10 dollar range. I enjoyed the meal and would certainly consider returning, but I would not order dishes that relied on dipping sauces.