Thai House in Hyde Park
We went there two Saturdays ago. The place was packed when we got there with people waiting in the small front bar area, which wasn't really functioning as a bar at the time, as they didn't have a liquor license yet.
The food was decent, meaning nothing earth-shattering but the dishes we ordered were all tasty with appropriate seasonings. I think it's a good place to go if you crave for some Thai food and the price is fairly reasonable. The service was a bit slow but the waitress did apologize profusely. All in all, I'll definitely go back, especially since I live about three minutes away from there.....
We ordered calamari with sweet & sour sauce for appetizer. They did a good job with it; it was crispy and light. For my entree, I had chicken Panang curry, which is sweet & spicy curry with string beans, basil leaves and peppers. It was good with a hint of coconut but not overly sweet. My hubby had Tamarind duck which is a half crispy duck with ginger & vegetables with side of tamarind sauce. The tamarind sauce is quite spicy but very flavorful. Both entrees come with white rice.
And in response to NewYorkDave's question, yes, I believe it was the old Frederick's building, and then for two years it was "Tropics" which never got to open. Glad now the space is occupied by a decent Thai restaurant.
I'm just reeling from the news that Hyde Park now has a Thai restaurant! As someone who spent twenty long years in that town, I never would have predicted it.
Looking at the address on Google maps, it seems they must've taken over the old "Frederick's" building, which had stood vacant for many years.
I'm still in the Hudson Valley, so I'll have to check it out next time I'm in HP.
we got takeaway from there and decided to go basic to see how things were: pad thai, pad siew, and spring rolls.
good: it's clean, not greasy. and my wife thought the spring rolls were good.
bad: neither dish - though not normally packed with tons of flavor - had much flavor.
i thought the pad siew just had noodles, chicken, egg and (broccoli?) thrown into a wok and cooked; i couldn't taste any soy sauce, sugar, fish sauce, pepper, garlic or ginger, or other similar things which are included in variants on this dish.
on the pad thai, there were peanuts, but it was rather non-descipt.
we'll try some curry and i'll go for a pad khi mao (and tell them traditional thai spicy) to see how the place is on the other dishes. maybe they assumed from the order that it was dull american tastes? i hope not...but we'll give it another try with the other order.
Just wanted to add that I really enjoyed this place, I went there for the first time last night for dinner. I had the spicy noodles with chicken. The plate was gigantic, bigger portions than I've seen at any other Thai place before. It was delicious! My veggie friend got a tofu dish and really liked hers as well. I liked that they provided you with extra sauces and seasonings on the side. It appears that they still don't have their liquor license. It was pretty crowded, and I liked the atmosphere. I will be back!