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Leng's Thai - Astoria - Broadway

Huzzah - I have nothing buy great things to say about Leng Thai on Broadway between 33rd and 34th street. Great service, gorgeous decor and wonderful food from beginning to end. The real measure of good thai for me is the pad thai (my chinese boyfriend mocks my whiteness whenever I order this) and Leng's did not disappoint. The boyfriend had the garlic shrimp which was good as was the coconut soup. Leng's is definitely more along the lines of Song and Joya (park slope, carrol gardens) then Sripraphai in woodside. It's a more turned out decor (with a really pretty backyard which will be great in summer) and more conscientious service (this dig isn't directed at Sripraphai but some of the subpar service at other astoria places, Locale and Cafe Bar take note!). I'm thrilled to have this new addition to the Nabe.

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  1. I happened to be in the area in December and noticed a Thai Restaurant under construction very close to Benjamas Taste of Thai at 34th & Broadway which opened last Spring. I'm wondering if Leng is the one that I noticed under construction. Is it very new? Anyway, I was planning on having lunch at Benjamas next week but may instead I may have lunch at Leng's. The Decor in Benjamas is also very upscale. Eventually, I'll visit both. If you're interested the website is www.thaibenjamas.com. Thanks for the review.

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    1. re: Mike V

      That was the one under construction. I've been to Benjamas several times and now that I've been to Leng's I will promply forget Benjamas. good luck!

      1. re: bongobella

        I plan to visit Leng's next week for Lunch. I only do lunch when I visit Astoria. What's appealing about Benjamas is the $7 lunch which includes both salad & soup with a choice of white or brown rice (I prefer brown). They have 12 choices at $7 and one at $9 (Salmon Chu Chee Curry). One of the 12 choices is a Beef or Pork Noodle Soup (rice noodles in beef or pork stew). I've never seen this dish on a Thai menu. Again, thanks.

    2. I went last night with my girlfriend and another couple - superb! We had the roasted duck in red curry, the crispy duck with soy ginger tamarind, the chicken sauteed with cashew, onion, scallion and dried chili, and the Korean style beef. All but the beef were sensational, especially the crispy duck. The beef was good -- I would have been quite pleased with it from any of my (now former) regular Thai restaurants -- but it may have suffered in comparison to the rest as it wasn't a very spicy dish. Entrees were quite generous, and the service impeccable. The proprietress came by and spent a few minutes talking with us, and looked delighted to have us there. We'll be back, this week, if not next. Oh, it's byob, btw.

      1. Was considering Benjamas tonight but decided to try Leng's based on these reviews. Definite success. Had the Crispy Duck with Soy Tamarind glaze. Really delicious. Just took a quick look at the dining room. The decor is nice, much better than most places in the area. Staff seemed very friendly. When I don't feel like heading all the way out to Sripraphai I'll be heading here. Give em a try.

        1. i went about 2 weeks after they opened. i dont remmeebr any names but everyhting was good except for the mixed seafood w/ glass noodles thing. and by not good i mean it was decent tasting but the seafood was unrecognizable to me- so all i ate was the shrimp. i wanan go back. the rest of the food was really good and the decor is really nice

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          1. re: helen19

            The decor is really nice and service pretty good. The food is not bad but i think thai pavillion better. Anyway i have to come back because of the decor and service

            1. re: perrer

              i agree decor is really nice but the food tends to be more like pan asian with Thai flare...but anyway it is still good..

              1. re: dyummy

                Has to be the best look Thai restaurant next to Planet Thai in WB. What a great looking place and the garden looks awesome. Ate there twice now and just loved it. Yes its more of a pan Asian thing but man thats good food. Now all we need is a Vietnamese place in Astoria.

          2. I'm sorry I have to respectfully disagree. Eating at Leng's was one of the worst dining experiences I've had in this city. The outdoor garden is beautiful but everything my boyfriend and I ate was unacceptable. The green papaya salad was the best at just mediocre but somehow didn't taste "right," and that's basic! The vegetarian fresh (not fried) roll was the worst with thin slices of carrot and green/yellow squash in a slimy wrapper without any hint of the advertised tamarind, instead some kind of mayonnaise (?!). Mixed seafood soup with noodles was also off, not even because of the seafood, which was undoubtedly frozen, but the broth was sickly sweet and not at all spicy, as again had been wrongly advertised. We actually called neighbors of ours to warn them off this place, my jaw dropped when I read these positive posts!

            1. My husband and I just ate at Leng's tonight. The interior of the restaurant is beautiful, with warm woods and elegant lighting, and the garden is a lovely space. It's very apparent that a lot of thought was given to the design. Also the service is efficient and friendly. However, the food was just mediocre. My husband had the duck in red curry and said that the sauce tasted like it came from a can. I had the chicken pad see ew, which is a very basic dish, but it was clumpy and muddy tasting. We kept saying what a shame, because the restaurant appears very promising and is actually a very pleasant place; however, we didn't enjoy our meal and we agree with the other poster who said that Thai Pavilion is better.

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              1. re: Kaline

                I suppose it's possible that in the half-dozen times I've been to Leng I've been lucky with my various choices, and I'm not sure I've had any of the above disliked dishes. So, my two cents: The massaman curry is complex and subtle, the whole fish (a few different ways) very fresh, and the tamarind duck flavorful and not the least bit greasy. (It's been a few weeks so my memories aren't too specific.)

                1. re: Kaline

                  I went to Leng the other with my GF, who had previously been and loved it. But I was pretty disappointed (except for the decor). We got the "vietnamese ravioli", the tom kha gai, a special of roasted "Asian pumpkin", and the sen mee. The ravioli thing was pretty good, if a bit too sweet. The tom kha gai was pretty good, but that's a hard dish to screw up. The pumpkin was a disaster--flavorless, pasty, and a little burned. Your cheapest diner would be embarassed to serve that dish. And that sen mee, which had been raved about, was not very interesting. I cannot recommend this place at all, based on this one visit. Thai Pavilion is definitely better.

                  Oh, and in Astoria Thai news, the takeout place on 23rd Ave and 29th St. (whose name I forget) has taken over the space next door and is expanding into a sit-down restaurant. That's good. They have some pretty good dishes. They have a sign up that says they should be open in September.

                2. I've been to both Leng Thai and Benjama's and, for me, Benjama's is by far the better choice. I've also tried Thai Pavillion, Thai Elephant, and at least 1 or 2 others and I've always come back to Benjama's. I've eaten there at least 30 times by now. I've consistently had an extremely good meal every time I've eaten there. All of the vegetables (especially in the summer rolls) taste like they were just picked. Another thing I like is the authenticity of the food, right down to the papaya salad which is the best I've had since eating it at my Thai friend's house when I was little.

                  I've ordered the salmon and curry lunch special the last 2-3 times I ate there. Lunch special comes with salad (no iceberg lettuce, ever!) and a tasty soup. Prices range between $7-9 for lunch special. Can't beat it.

                  I could go on and on about this place. Even the owner and all the servers are nice. I almost sound like a commercial for Benjama's but that's probably because I eat there so much that I'd literally cry if it ever closed down.

                  Since this thread is about Leng's, I'll say I ate there once and kept it simple by ordering Pad Thai. To me, the flavor was like the taste left on your tongue after blowing up a balloon. Sounds odd, but that's exactly what it tasted like. My girlfriend had a chicken and vegetable dish that she thought was decent but not authentic. At least she could finish hers. I also remember the papaya salad being very bland and missing a lot of ingredients and spice. The decor is very nice, but food is infinitely more important than decor. (The decor is nice at Benjama's also but Leng's has the edge on atmosphere.)

                  Overall, go try Benjama's!

                  Recommended: seared tuna on mango salad (be careful, the salad is spicy!), barbecued chicken in banana leaves, pad thai (best I've had anywhere), salmon chu chee curry, summer roll appetizer.

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                  1. re: citykat

                    I disagree about Benjamas I don't think it's better than Leng. I had Panang curry it was very bland.

                    1. re: perrer

                      I also disagree about Benjamas. Tried it a couple weekends ago - totally unremarkable. Plus is was hot in there - no A/C for some reason.

                      I've been to Leng and liked it a lot more than Benjamas.