On the way to the Chinese market at 57th and Roosevelt tonight, I was astonished to see that the seedy Chinese takeout next to the market had transformed overnight into a Thai restaurant. Grand opening was tonight.
I picked up a menu and it looked encouraging - they offer crispy pork with Chinese broccoli, gai yang (marinated chicken), jungle curry, and some interesting salads - duck salad, yum talay, yum woon sen, grilled beef salad. I'm sure they must have a Thai menu with some interesting specials.
However, they also offer stuff like "thai salad" with lettuce and peanut dressing, and suki yaki with "authentic Thai suki yaki sauce". (Weirdly, EGR Thai a couple of blocks down also serves suki yaki. Is it just coincidence? Or is suki yaki so popular in Thailand that Thais abroad regard it as comfort food?)
The decor is still recognizable from the Chinese takeout that was there until just a few days ago, but the new owners have clearly tried to fix it up a bit.
57-17 Roosevelt Ave (Roosevelt between 57th and 58th across the street from Donovans and right next to Long Cheng market)
Hours: 11am - 11pm every day of the week
If you stop by, make sure to try these amazing Filipino peanuts fried with garlic in the Long Cheng market next door. They're in the front on the left-hand rack with the Filipino rolls and dried fruits - look for a clear rectangular plastic container labelled "Nix Nuts" - absolutely fantastic.