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Sep 6, 2008 08:13 AM

New Thai coming to Stapleton, SI

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.

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  1. 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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    1. re: Flaco

      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

        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

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

          1. re: comestible

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

      2. re: Flaco

        What? no garlic knots? wtf? lol

        1. re: desantmj

          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.

          1. re: BMartin

            Agreed. I loooooved those spinich and cheese pies!

        2. re: Flaco

          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

            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"...

        3. 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. 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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            1. re: Flaco

              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.

              1. re: BMartin

                I don't know what happened or why, but you are exactly 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

                  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.