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Anyone been to the new Thai place in Rhinebeck?

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adorno Jun 30, 2007 07:38 AM

I was wondering if anyone has been to that new Thai place in Rhinebeck that replaced the tea-time place -- next to the farmer's market. I'd love a good Thai place if in fact it's good.

Thanks!

  1. applesauce23 Jul 6, 2007 09:15 PM

    I just went to Ario today. The appetizers are great (the fresh rolls aka summer rolls are wonderful, as well as the deep fried tofu) and I LOVE their pad thai. My husband and I especially enjoyed our mango with sticky rice dessert. It is a relief to finally have a great Thai restaurant in the Hudson Valley area. Two thumbs up!

    1. dbug31 Jul 7, 2007 12:02 AM

      Did it replace A Spot of Tea?

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        kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 07:15 AM

        Yep! And it happened overnight (well, not really, but in the course of a week I think). We passed Spot of Tea on a Sunday and said "Oh! Your parents are in town next weekend and they love this stuff...we'll go then" ...But poof! It was gone by the following Sunday

        Sad, indeed.

        1. re: kimberlya
          dbug31 Jul 7, 2007 01:36 PM

          No kidding. My husband & I knew the owners when we lived in the area.
          We almost went to work for them... : (

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            kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 04:56 PM

            I was very sad. Have any idea what happened? I heard that the owner was a CIA chef (which alone would be enough to drive anyone mad).

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              dbug31 Jul 8, 2007 01:23 PM

              No idea what happened...
              He is/was a CIA chef, truly a lovely gentleman.
              Although I may be biased as I'm a CIA alumnus.

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                kimberlya Jul 8, 2007 02:09 PM

                A lot of them are great people (and you should always root for the home team)

                But now where do I get my tea time fix?

                I suppose the mangoes and sticky rice are a small consolation.... =)

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        Mike in Rhinebeck Jul 7, 2007 06:30 AM

        My daughter and I had lunch there 2-3 weeks ago. we got there at about 11;45 and were the only customers until we were almost done eating. We split a papaya salad that was medocre at best, and seemed to be devoid of papaya (I've had this dish at several Thai places, including Sripraphai in Woodside, Queens). Daughter had a vegetarian pad thai and was singularly unimpressed. flavor was relatively bland and many of the ingredients appeared to American and not Asian vegetables. I had the green curry which was not bad, but its flavor was not as complex as I have had at most Thai places. Prices were, in my opinion (even as a Rhinebeck resident) outrageously high (the total bill for these three dishes, no dessert and drinking only water) was about $45). Perhaps we have been spoiled by Sripraphai, but we do not plan to return to Aroi.

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          bob gaj Jul 7, 2007 01:52 PM

          no offense, but sripraphai is a gold standard for thai anywhere east of california; comparing *any* place to it isn't really fair.

          i'm hoping for someplace just slightly worse than a couple manhattan places i've eaten at, such as chanpen and pongsri.

          haven't checked out the rhinebeck place yet, but....get this...there's a place opening on route 9g in hyde park, about 1/2 miles south of the rita's water ice. it's called "thai house" in the former tropics building. i'd really love it if there were a decent thai place around poughkeepsie...

          (and as a side note, there's a simple sripraphai drunken noodles recipe floating around on the 'net, which i've made and is *real* good.)

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            kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 04:55 PM

            I saw that the other day! Know anything about it?

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              moosesocks Jul 7, 2007 05:20 PM

              I think the sign has been there for over a month since I saw it the first time. The last restaurant never opened, so I'm not hopeful of this one either. However, the other day when I drove by, there was an Asian guy checking the mail box, and he could be the owner. In that case, I'm still 60% hopeful that it'll open for business.

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                kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 05:31 PM

                Hahaha. That's a good sign. I'm barely back there. Are there any other interesting places along 9-G that I'm not aware of? I haven't made it to Diaspora yet but hope to soon.

                I miss Berkeley...

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                  Mike in Rhinebeck Jul 8, 2007 04:17 PM

                  What about El Mariachi, located in one of the strip mall on the east side of 9G? anyone tried it? I passed it the other day after not having been on 9G in about 2 months.

                  1. re: Mike in Rhinebeck
                    moosesocks Jul 8, 2007 07:36 PM

                    We've been there a couple of times. The food is fresh and the flavors are good with the items that we've had so far. Price is also reasonable with just about righ portion size. I hope they stay open - we were the only table there the last two times when we went.....

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                      kimberlya Jul 9, 2007 05:40 AM

                      It always seems that way with places around here. I love Mole Mole and go there often, but we're usually the only ones there? Hm.

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                        jweisner64 Apr 2, 2008 09:03 AM

                        We were very excited when Mole Mole opened near us. We love the restaurant, but hated having to drive to Main Street Poughkeepsie. From what I hear, they do a good lunch business from the At Francis, so don't let the empty dining room fool you.

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                        jweisner64 Apr 2, 2008 08:59 AM

                        We've been to El Mariachi a few times also. Twice, there has been another table of diners, but we are usually alone. The food is good, plentiful, and reasonably priced.

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                          NewYorkDave Apr 2, 2008 09:25 AM

                          A thread about El Mariachi:
                          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/502299

                          I lived in Hyde Park for many years. I would have been *thrilled* if we'd had Mexican and Thai restaurants back then. You had to go to Poughkeepsie or even further away to get any kind of "ethnic" food. I still remember the excitement we felt when our first Chinese places opened up.

          2. k
            kimberlya Jul 7, 2007 07:13 AM

            The menu looks pretty lame....chichen soup?? Then again, I had the pleasure of living in Berkeley with countless good Thai places.

            I might go just for the mango and sticky rice (I love the stuff) that someone mentioned below

            1. moosesocks Jul 7, 2007 10:19 AM

              I did take-out once from there. The flavor is good, but I think it's a bit pricy for the amount of food. I guess it'd be worth it if I had dined in the restaurant. Anyhow, it's still worth a try.

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                EdAllegro Jul 9, 2007 05:20 PM

                July 9th 2007 - My wife and I went for dinner (cautiously after reading some of the posts) and it was fine. Pretty good, actually. Spring Rolls, 2 salads (good size) and a Mussaman Curry and Pad Thai entrees + Thai Iced Tea for $50- plus tip. We met another couple we knew and they, too, were enjoying their dinners. Soft Thai music, quite clean, good service, interesting decor and set in a small house on South Market Street making it quite cozy and homey. We'll return.

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                  mischa Dec 25, 2007 05:53 AM

                  For a region noticeably shy of good Thai food, Aroi is a welcome respite. No, it is not the best Thai you ever had, but it is local, it is comfy and the food is tasty, even if the menu is somewhat limited. A recent take out had tasty spring roll and fresh rolls, a very passable masaman curry and a decent tofu chu chee special. Since one of our party is vegan, Aroi offers some good options. Their 'hot' is not really hot at all, although you can ask them to spice it up.

                  All in all, given the poor local pickings, I will travel to Rhinebeck any day over the very ordinary Lemon Grass in New Paltz.

                  Plus, they finally got their beer and wine license.

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                    jweisner64 Apr 2, 2008 08:57 AM

                    I haven't been to the one in Rhinebeck, but Thai House in Hyde Park is very good. My husband and I ate there just after they opened and the food was delicious! We had the spicy squid and red curry with chicken and both were excellent. I drive by on my way home from work and the parking lot is usually full.

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