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New Thai coming to Stapleton, SI

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comestible Sep 6, 2008 08:13 AM

I just learned that a new Thai restaurant called Mango Tree is coming to my neighborhood. They're in the former site of the soul food restaurant, Catfish Walking, on Beach St. I've heard there are other Mango Tree restaurants in Brooklyn and/or Queens. Anybody have any info on what to expect?

It would be great to have Thai food in the neighborhood.

  1. Flaco Sep 6, 2008 01:24 PM

    Rode my bike by there today... awning also says Sushi and American if I'm not mistaken which is not a good sign.

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      comestible Sep 7, 2008 05:45 AM

      Yikes, I noticed that too, promising generic Thai at best...we'll see. I'll let them settle in for a few days and give 'em a try, anyway.

      You ride a bike too? I'm all over here on a bike...we've probably seen each other.

      1. re: comestible
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        Tay Sep 7, 2008 06:31 AM

        I guess in an attempt to appeal to a wider customer base, new or unestablished (AKA: Non Italian) Staten Island restaurants feel their best shot is to offer as many choices as possible. Don't let that discourage you from trying a new restaurant and please continue to post your experiences. :-}

        1. re: Tay
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          comestible Sep 7, 2008 12:18 PM

          That could explain the two Tompkinsville restos that offer Middle Eastern (and Italian!!) and Mexican (and Italian!!) cuisines. :)

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            Tay Sep 9, 2008 06:20 AM

            Sounds like something the Headley's from the old series In Living Color, AKA: The hardest working family in America" would run. lol!

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        desantmj Sep 7, 2008 07:13 AM

        What? no garlic knots? wtf? lol

        1. re: desantmj
          BMartin Sep 7, 2008 05:21 PM

          The food at the Greek festival in Bull's Head--Victory and Richmond Ave--was pretty good, Its going on next weekend also. Don't get there too early--2:30 might be good. The cheese and spinach pies and the Greek coffee were particularly tasty.

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            Tay Sep 9, 2008 06:19 AM

            Agreed. I loooooved those spinich and cheese pies!

        2. re: Flaco
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          comestible Sep 19, 2008 08:34 AM

          We had takeout from there the other night. Two Thai Entrees -- Vegetarian Duck (seitan), one with Ginger/Scallion, the other Thai Cashew Nut. Sad to say, barely any hint of Thai character in either, overcooked bits of celery and carrot, etc. the whole pretty tasteless and verging on canned La Choy. Sorry. I agree that the staff was nice, and the dining area.

          Sure hope the place improves. Maybe I need to try some other menu items.

          1. re: comestible
            Flaco Sep 19, 2008 02:27 PM

            Sounds worse than our foray, I guess the dream just died. Sure ain't gonna fork over an Andy for that fish now. What's that great old British soul tune? "Wishing and a hoping"...

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          isaacji Sep 11, 2008 10:28 AM

          Wow, I didn't hear about that, but I hope they make it. I love Thai, its just a tough place to survive as a restaurant. Check out Dosa Garden on Victory and Cebra. It's great.

          1. Flaco Sep 17, 2008 08:27 AM

            Did take out last night... TMT Golden Crispy shumai type appetizer was amazing, chicken pad thai was average (dry chicken), beef salad wasn't sliced thin enough, prik king (string beans) was pretty good with nice sized shrimp and a fiery sauce. Brown rice was all dried out... don't offer it if you can't deal with the logistics. I will try the whole steamed fish when I eat a sit down meal there... the dining room looks nice and the portions in-house seemed bigger... a little skimpy on the take-out side. Staff is very nice and the owners are good fellows... Indonesian. Little sushi bar in there as well.

            The American menu cranks up in a couple of weeks and obviously will have its own cooking line... makes it possible to open for breakfast/lunch with a different menu... jury's still out but I'll be rooting for these guys.

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              BMartin Sep 20, 2008 10:36 AM

              Anyone know what happened to the soul food restaurant that was there where the "Thai" restaurant is now. It started out strong as Hoppin John and then seemed to loose steam.

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                comestible Sep 20, 2008 12:00 PM

                I don't know what happened or why, but you are exactly right...it just lost steam. I remember when it started, the place was hoppin'. Fickle patron support? As a vegetarian, I never was going to be a fan, for obvious reasons. But I've been there for breakfasts, enjoyed an omelet now and then. It's too bad to see a place close and not know why. Vida, on the opposite corner, seems to be holding on.

                1. re: comestible
                  Flaco Sep 21, 2008 06:41 AM

                  Same thing happened to the BBQ place down on Bay that is now the soul food fried fish place... a little too greasy even for me.

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