- Dan Sonenberg
Can anyone give me a report on the Amarin Cafe?
According to Stephen Shaw's web page this place is
actually better than Plan Eat Thailand, and cheaper,
and less crowded. I am very skeptical that anything is
better and cheaper, although less crowded is easy to
imagine. Any feedback on this Thai restaurant would be
Well, I can answer my own question. I was there last
night. The food really is quite excellent, and I dare
say it's in the same league as Plan Eat Thailand (which
is saying plenty). I was sorry to see that they don't
serve Spicy Thai Squid Salad, which at $2.95 at PET is
probably one of the best gourmet buys in the city. The
eating experience overall is totally different. Far
from the long lines at PET, Amarin was half full, and
there is a relaxed, out of the way, unhip, ultra casual
feel to the place. It feels, in fact, slightly more
like a takeout joint than a restaurant. They serve no
alcohol, so one can bring his own beer, and service is
far less harried and chaotic than PET. But I have to
admit I missed some of the frenetic, festive atmosphere
of the Beford Ave. orignal. Even missed what graffiti
in the PET men's room describes as "Bogey Bohemian
Trash." But Amarin gets thumbs up from me--I had Basil
Squid and Shrimp Pad Thai. The Pad Thai, in
particular, ranks with PET's as far and away the best
I've had in the city, and the squid was ultra fresh. A
fresh spring roll came with a too-sweet dipping sauce,
but otherwise I've no complaints.
re: Dan Sonenberg
I agree with Dan. I love Amarin -- in general, the
spices are clean and sharp (warning: ordering something
even just 'medium' spicy can clear the most congested
of heads.) A plus in my book is the plenty of very
fresh shrimp in the pad Thai. If you frequent
Williamsburg/Greenpoint area, you should also try Thai
Cafe, which is farther down on Manhattan Ave., just
past Greenpoint Ave. I think that it is owned by same
people who run PET, although that may be a rumor.
Oooh...Thai Cafe...:-) I was there on Sunday night. My dinner companion and I shared the green papaya salad and fried tofu appetizers. The salad was very sharp and cleansing, a great complement to the mellow, silky tofu. The tofu came with a peanut sauce that I thought was too bright, but my partner enjoyed it. The squid pad thai he ordered was delicious! I got the shrimp glass noodle salad. Plenty of fresh shrimps, but oh G-D! was it fiery! I also mistakenly thought the glass (bean) noodles would be thicker rather than the vermicelli they served. Oh well. They had a quail on the specials menu that I hope will be there when I return. Hmmm...quail... Oh, and dessert was the best part of that dinner. We had bananas wrapped in thin wonton papers then deep fried and finally lightly drizzled in (i think) a corn syrup. Heaven! If we weren't so full we would have ordered another.
re: Dan Sonenberg
"The Pad Thai, in particular, ranks with PET's as far and away the best I've had in the city"
yeah, that and their fried rice are the two best things (I mean at PET, not Amarin)
"and the squid was ultra fresh"
....which you can't always count on at PET or Thai Cafe...
thanks for the great report. sometimes you've just got to do it yourself. Hopefully your posting will inspire others to post meal reports, especially of new places or of known places when experience contradicts conventional wisdom.