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Cheers Thai

Lets all discuss Cheers Thai on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg.

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  1. People claim its the best in williamsburg is that true?

    1. The food used to be decent. I stopped going there, though because it started to become consistently greasy and bland. Much better Thai food in the area would be Khao Sarn on Bedford Ave. or Chai Thai.

      1. i second that i just brought an out of town guest to chai, which was great and very inventive menu. cheers i thought was really eh... okay for take out i guess, but definately not a destination... even sea or planet thailand while touristy and noisy are better


          1. The few times I have had Cheers, it hasn't really registered - not great, not bad, it simply suffices.
            I have heard lots of good things about Chai, but I have never been very impressed by what I have gotten there; I don't remember any details, but I seem to remember most things being too sweet - not as bad as SEA though.
            Khao Sarn is cheap, but not very good.
            Siam Orchid, on Metropolitan, I consider to be the best in the neighborhood. I have always found it to be consistently good, never to sweet, and often pretty spicy. Maybe not authentic Thai spicy in most cases, but too spicy for most of my dining companions. They do seem quite happy to accommodate (in both directions) on spiciness though.

            1. siam orchid is far superior to cheers, although i like the shabby chic thing going on at cheers, and i've ony had siam orchid for delivery. lily thai is also pretty good, and great for delivery.

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              1. re: awesomechoi

                I have to report on the one meal I had at Siam Orchid...it was chicken with basil, I asked for it spicy. It was super sticky sweet, not spicy, and made with nothing but the dryish chicken, bell pepper, onions, and a few leaves of basil.

                I've tried many area Thai places, none of them come close to the well-regarded Queens places. The only high points recently have been the freshness factor at Thai Cafe in Greenpoint, and a plate of shrimp pad thai at Sea Thai of all places, which just hit the spot as far as Brooklyn Thai is concerned. Also, a year ago when I ate at Planet Thai for old time's sake, I thought they may have actually gone uphill for some reason. But it's a very long, steep hill left to climb.

                I do want to try the place on Grand Street near Lorimer before I blow off Williamsburg Thai forevermore.

                My last few meals at Thai Sky in Park Slope have been way above average for the genre...not too sweet, copious use of Chinese Broccoli, and thoroughly excellent house-made fishcakes.

              2. I definitely think Siam Orchid is the best in the nabe, far above Cheers. Very friendly staff, everything freshly made, will make jungle curry if you ask (although the one time I asked I was only curious if they would do it, so I never got around to trying their version). I've never had any problems with items being too sweet and not spicy enough, to me that's more of a Joya issue!

                For MUCH less authentic Thai, I also preferred Moon Shadow in Greenpoint over Cheers. Dirt cheap (especially if you get a lunch special), very fast delivery, and their red curry with cherry tomatoes and avocado (really) was tasty for what it was!

                1. I used to love Moon Shadow in Greenpoint - maybe for their kitsch more than their food - but I think they might've closed. Does anyone have an opinion on Thai Tai on Bedford? I've never been, but it always seems startlingly crowded...

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                  1. re: willing

                    Never been, but my Thai friend said it was horrible. She lived only a few blocks away too, and would prefer to go to Siam Orchid (or Sri).

                  2. Thanks, think I'll steer clear then. My friends and I had a very nice-ish meal at Chai, but it wasn't anything particularly special. I look forward to trying Siam.