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Tangerine Thai - Tuckahoe

I had another wonderful meal at Tangerine Thai but before I talk about the food, I'm gonna rant a bit.

The place was EMPTY! I wonder if Westchester is ready for an authentic Thai restaurant. People complain about Reka, Sala and Thai House yet here sits a little gem hardly anyone has mentioned and even less are patronizing.

Anyways... we had the Tom Yum soup, Prawn Rolls, Green Curry and Thai BBQ Chicken. Tom Yum was sour and spicy just the way I like it. The Green Curry had beautiful fragrant and spicy flavors not found in typical wanna-be Thai restaurants. The Thai BBQ chicken is tender grilled chicken breast with garlic & ginger sauce. It also came with a side of sticky coconut milk rice wrapped in banana leaves.

As you can tell I really like the food. Based on the number of people eating dinner there, I'm praying they have a killer lunch crowd or else they won't be around much longer.

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  1. The problem with Tangerine Thai is that it is nearly invisible. Had I not been making that left turn near it the other day, I would never have known that it was there in that location. In a restaurant, what's important is also what's important in real estate: location, location and, oh yes, location. We'll have to try it now that I know exactly where it is!

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    1. re: roxlet

      Even when I knew where it was from Googling, we nearly drove right past it -- and there's nothing else on the block to attract people. On the other hand, parking has not been a problem (partly, of course, because they've not been doing a lot of business.) We were there for lunch for the first time the other day and were the only customers, tho it was Thanksgiving weekend, which might have made it worse. We've now been four times and have always been happy with it. I have noticed that they now seem to make an effort to inquire as to how hot you want the hot dishes. They also seem like very nice people.

      1. re: Westjanie

        Absolutely agree. The location is about as bad as it gets. Last night all the street parking was taken by some function at Angelina so I had to park at the train station. The new owner/operator is very nice. Service was excellent. I forgot to check whether they got their liquor license or not.

      2. re: roxlet

        I agree it is hard to find and you have to be looking for it. Also as far as I can tell they do no advertising. As they are not visible from the train station people probably don't know they are there. I would actually if I were them pay someone to stand and hand out menus at the station, offer a free drink or appetizer just to get people in the door or ordering take out.

      3. I just looked it up and figured out that it's only 10 minutes from my house. We will try it for take out, maybe this weekend.

        Thanks for the reminder.

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        1. re: valerie

          Lunch specials are terrific deals. Loads of parking. Wonderful service. Excellent, authentic, Thai cuisine. Yet, there are very few customers. Westchester, wake up!

        2. My son was off from school today, so we decided to pay Tangerine Thai a visit for lunch. There was a pretty good crowd -- two large tables and two small ones, plus the two of us. It must have been unusually large since there were no lunch menus available when we arrived. I have to say that we were disappointed in our meal. My son did the pad thai and I did the wide noodle, plus my son ordered some Thai dumplings. We both thought that the salad dressing on the small salad that came with the lunch was horrible. It had an odd taste, and neither of us finished it. The dumplings were just OK, and the dipping sauce that came with them was way too sweet for our palates. I ordered my dish very spicy and my son ordered his medium. Mine came un spiced and his was fiery. They waiter offered to re-do the dishes, but we declined, and he brought me some sirracha on the side. It was a good thing, since my first taste was pretty uninspiring, and it really only became interesting with the hot sauce. My son soldiered through the pad thai, but admitted that he much preferred the pad thai at Haiku. Our waiter was fine, but he had someone helping him who was slinging dishes onto the large table with 7 diners and essentially having the customers pass the food down the table. Not my idea of waiting on a table.

          I wanted to like it, but sorry to say that I am not inclined to return.

          1. We tried take out from Tangerine Thai last night. It was good, but don't think I would say excellent. We had the summer rolls, which were just kind of bland, and the chicken satay. Generous portions, particularly the satay, and the chicken was good but it came with an itsy bitsy container of peanut sauce. I swear it was the size of a thimble.

            Then we had the Thai BBQ Chicken and the Massaman Curry. I really liked the BBQ chicken, although my husband did not like the flavor. It came with a few pieces of steamed broccoli and carrots. The Massaman Curry was tasty as well. There was a single very small container of rice that I believe was for the Massaman curry, but it was definitely not enough rice for 2 people to share. Not sure what was up with that but it was kind of annoying.

            Overall good, not great, I liked it better than my husband. BTW, he came back at around 6:30 and said that he was the only person at all in the place.

            1. I've been here a couple of times and definitely like it better than the previous version. The curries can be pretty good, especially if you ask for them extra spicy. The papaya salad is actually an excellent version, the best thing I've had there. Many of the other entrees are mediocre....mainly they lack seasoning...salt, pepper, and spice. They now havea liquor license. This place has potential, but definitely needs to tighten the menu and do some advertising.

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              1. re: streamwise

                I used to go to Garlic & Pepper every now and again. This seems to be around the same level of cooking. A good many of the menu items are the same. I was actually shocked by how expensive it had become. $19 for a duck dish with Tangerine sauce. That's a bit much for this kind of joint.

                1. re: gordoma

                  The green curry and pad thai are much better than garlic and pepper. When I ordered curry at garlic and pepper it was basically a creamy sauce with the dish served on a plate. Now it is served in a pot and the curry is more like a soup which is what I have gotten at other thai restaurants and the flavor was much better. I do agree they are a little more expensive but they actually put 6-8 very nice sized shrimp in the pad thai unlike before (G and P) when I counted 5 or less of smaller size for not that much less money.

              2. Tangerine Thai is so delish!! I want everyone to know because I don't want it to close!!
                The food is great, service is great, and the owner is so nice. Best Thai we've found in Westchester, for sure.

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                1. re: tuckahoegirl

                  Have you tried Red Lotus in New Rochelle? I've found them to have the best Thai in Lower Westchester. I have not tried Tangerine Thai but I will very soon. My only beef with Red Lotus is it gets very expensive very fast. Their prices are quite high, although it seems that TT may be similar but with lesser ambiance.

                  1. re: lollypop

                    We went to Tangerine Thai a couple of weeks ago. Again, the place was practically empty, there were maybe two other tables that were filled on a Friday night. The food was good but the service was remarkably slow, we were hungry to begin with but felt starved waiting for courses to arrive. It was as if there was one chef and you just had to wait your turn for him to turn out your dishes-- along with the other diners and take out orders. We had to ask 3 times for water.

                    Also, we ordered the cucumber salad on the side and were told that they were out of it (which was a little odd since cucumber appeared in a few other dishes). But the waiter recommended the papaya salad, which we had, and it was fabulous. It was different, I couldn't even tell you what was in it but it was salty/sweet/sour, all of those wonderful flavors in a crunchy salad. We also had a clay pot casserole with shrimp and as usual, ended up practically licking the plates.

                    Maybe the staff just needs to drink some of that delicious Thai iced coffee & get some pep in their step. Also, is it just me, or does anyone else find annoying the inane drone of the TV over the bar, loud enough to reach the dining room, and forcing "Inside Edition" and "Entertainment Tonight" upon us while we dine? I noticed this at Hunan Ritz in Thornwood too (only in their case it was Spongebob, of which the waitstaff couldn't get enough).

                2. Tangerine Thai is reviewed in today's NY Times Metropolitan section. They rate it "Good." Here is the link:


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                  1. re: roxlet

                    If this doesn't drive some traffic to them I don't know what will. I've driven by there 4-5 times in the last couple months and the place is still empty. Yes the food is very good but I don't have Thai cravings that often.

                    1. re: pabboy

                      We were there a couple of weeks ago on either a Friday or Saturday can't remember and they were pretty crowded. Most tables were full. So things are looking up.

                    2. re: roxlet

                      A late lunch today was empty. Of course with all the rain, people were probably building their ark. I had the lunch special pad thai with shrimp and curry puffs. Both very good. Attentive but not intrusive service. The menu looked so good, I wanted to bring supper home from there!

                    3. My wife and I went on Tuesday night at about 6:45 pm. A couple of tables taken, but by the time we left, it had filled up considerably.

                      We saw other tables with the NY Times review in hand and ordering off it (so did we). I thought the review was right on. Nothing overspiced, but truly delicious. We had tthe beef karpow, tofu pad thai, spring rolls and potato bags (couldn't they think of a better name?). Each glass of red wine was $6.

                      One of the smartest moves this restaurant ever made -- and I don't know why it took them until June 1st to do it -- was to be closed on Mondays and open on Tuesdays, instead of vice versa.

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                      1. re: PlasticMoonRain

                        We went for lunch last Sunday when the Times review came out. It was about 1pm and only one other table of diners. The lunch specials were not available (weekdays only) so we ordered the sampler appetizers, pad thai and another noodle dish with broc and egg (cannot recall name). The appetizers were deliciously fried little treats. I was slightly disappointed that there was one sauce that they intended you to use for three different appetizers. A little more variety would have been great. Pad Thai was solid. My noodle dish lacked flavor big time. We drank soda (FYI - they charge for refills). Pretty good overall but I'm not running back. Prefer Red Lotus in New Rochelle.

                      2. Dropped by last Friday, our first visit in months: the last time was only days after Tangeringe Thai has re-opened (they didnt even have a booze license yet). Two thoughts: first, the food was pretty good. Very good in fact. I had Pad Thai, which was tasty and plentiful, as good as our other fave Thai place, Thai House. She had Spicy Basil Noodles, also good. Our combo plate of appetizers was also a hit. But, second, the decor in there is still a little skeezy. bright colored walls from waist level up don't hide the dingy lower portion of the walls. The whole place could use a nice coat of paint. And the rugs have been there for waaay too long. I'm actually surprised the NYT didnt mention the aged decor. Also, it was pretty crowded -- I think every table was full at some point -- and the staff was a bit overwhelmed, but never rude. We would go back, but probably only for takeout, until they freshen the place up.

                        1. i had a get together there on Friday night for 10 people at around 9... there was only one other table occupied but I guess it was late.
                          The waiters were very patient and kind as we had to ask for like 5 checks! At my end of the table, we ordered chicken satay, duck salad, curry puffs, spicy clear noodles with shrimp, green curry, bbq chicken, ginger fish, and shrimp krapow. Overall I really liked everything but the dishes were definitely on the salty side. Not unbearable, but definitely noticeable after eating like 7 bites haha... I must say they are very good at doing SPICY!!!!!! My favorite was the green curry. It had a really rich sweetness at first and then the spiciness kicks in! I really liked that their chicken dishes were quite juicy. I would definitely go back!