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Feb 22, 2007 01:12 PM

Authentic Thai food in Brooklyn?

Anybody know of any authentic Thai restaurants in Brooklyn? Maybe along the stretch of 8th Avenue in Chinatown Brooklyn? Any Royal Thai cuisine out there? Any places that actually give you the condiment try with the various peppers?

I’m looking for something more along the lines of what the food actually is like in Thailand. Not the “gringo” Thai places like Lemongrass Grill that give you chopsticks. (Thais eat w/ a fork and spoon) There’s got to be a place that has more of a traditional Thai menu and less of the Chinese influenced stuff we see all over.

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  1. Don't know of any in Bklyn. Only queens.

    I had a friend who was Thai. She mainly ate with her spoon. And she said they do use chopsticks for noodles only.

    1. I always prefer "good" over "authentic".

      We like LANTERN THAI on Montague Street, and enjoy JOYA when they have Soft Shell crab or Fish.

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      1. re: Fleur

        No disresprct to you Fleur. I love your posts. But I must say and I think others will agree that both Lantern Thai and Joya are neither authetic NOR are they good. Subpar all the way. Have you ever had -real- Thai food? Joya is just so mediocre. Can't remember Lantern much; havent been in a while.

        Again, Fleur. Not picking a fight. Joya is just sensitive with me, I guess.

        1. re: Larry Brooks

          No offense taken, Larry. I stated that I prefer "good" to "authentic". I have had wonderful Thai food in Thailand and I enjoyed it very much.

          When I state that LANTERN and JOYA might not be authentic, they are, IMO, good. What I mean by that is very fresh, high quality natural ingredients, made fresh and served correctly. Both those restaurants use high quality ingredients, and their fish and seafood is excellent.

          1. re: Fleur

            joya is decent enough after a six pack, but i think your stretching it to say "very fresh, high quality natural ingredients." that sounds more like how i'd describe the food at rosewater.

      2. Larry why is Joya sensitive with you?
        I love Em on smith - I dont think its authentic - its just really really good.

        What in Brooklyn would you consider authentic - and I am one of those people who believes that authentic isnt always something I can stomach.

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        1. re: Ljubitca

          I agree. We tried JOYA on Smith Street and it was very good.

          1. re: Fleur

            Not a big fan of Lantern, but I'll agree on Joya being good, their Pad Thai is one of my favorites anywhere. Not "authentic"- but tasty.

        2. Not sure how authentic it is, but Siam Orchid in Williamsburg is quite good.
          Some of the dishes there are similar to dishes I ate during the short time I was in Thailand, but I'm no expert.
          They have a delicious duck salad (I believe that's Yum Ped?) that I've ordered several times.
          It's no Sripraphai, but it hits the spot.
          Now if only I could get Kanom Krok delivered...

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          1. re: empecot

            I agree, Siam Orchid is the closest I've found to authentic Thai in Brooklyn. Not quite as much so as Sripraphai, but much more so that the other places I've found throughout Brooklyn.

            Its quite good, very reasonable, and very friendly. Its tiny though - more oriented to take out, so I wouldn't recommend it for a large group.

          2. They give chopsticks as an option, I'm sure they gave you a fork and spoon as well. Just as when you go to a Chinese restaurant they will not say "no" when a "gringo" asks for a fork.

            As for authentic, go to Queens, Sriphaphai.