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Are you freaking kidding me? Another Thai place opens in Cobble Hill/ Carroll Gardens.

  • oolah Sep 23, 2009 11:59 AM

Looks like Ghang Thai has taken over the space previously occupied by Miriam. The good news? It's a beautifully designed space with a nice garden. Very sleek.

The bad news? It's a Thai restaurant in a neighborhood already bursting with them. (In a 1 mile radius, there's lemongrass, joya, nine-d, ghang, and at least 2 others whose names escape me)

I'm glad to see one less empty storefront on Court, but why? Ghang already has an outpost less than 3 blocks away on Smith, and I can say with absolute certainty that the LAST thing this neighborhood needed was another sorry excuse for Thai food.

Of the bunch in the neighborhood, I like Nine-D the best, but as with Indian and Chinese, you have to go elsewhere if you want to eat the good stuff.

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  1. While I doubt that it's of much consolation, it appears that Lemongrass is now gone?
    http://twitpic.com/insej

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    1. re: EJC

      Considering we ate @ Lemongrass this evening and they had plenty of patrons, I would double check your source.

      1. re: EJC

        from twitpic's snarky caption: "Lemongrass grill building siezed. No, taxes cannot be paid with pad thai."

        But they can be paid with money or the promise of it, and many temporarily closed restaurants reopen once they make an arrangement. This happens all the time. And as MShapiro attests, that must have happened here.

        1. re: squid kun

          Or since Lemongrass is a mini-chain this could've happened to one of their Manhattan locales.

          Nehna -
          We have been to Watty and Meg for burgers and salads and it was good (not sure which chef was there or not.) Menu was a bit limited, but nicely prepared. Very accommodating staff as well.

      2. I really just don't understand it either Oolah. Why do people keep opening the same stuff over and over again. I mean surely restaurateurs around here think that CH/CG eats non Thai / French once in a while? ;) I'm still amazed that we have two successful bahn mi places yet no one has opened a proper Vietnamese restaurant instead of Thai #56.

        At least we've had the addition of some very good Mexican lately with Oaxaca and Calexico. And once in a while we get a really exciting new place like Sue Perette. And I think Watty and Meg is promising too (haven't been since the new chef...has anyone been?)

        There's that new place Cafe Mai Mai opening (next door to the new thai place), not sure what that place will be.

        1. As if to add insult to injury, we ordered from Szechuan Garden tonight, and it turns out they've changed their name to Saki Asian Fusion. I think it's the same ownership because they've retained many of the same menu items, but they've also added -- you guessed it! -- a bunch of Thai options like Tom Yum and Pad Thai. Aiiigh!

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          1. re: oolah

            What I would give for a branch of Sripraphai to open here. they opened one in LI--why can't brooklyn be next.

            I can't even order thai food around here--it's all so mediocre or downright bad. NIne-D is the best of the bunch, but i just get my thai food fix less often than i would like in queens.

            1. re: missmasala

              Did Sripraphai finally open in Williston Park? they've been working on the space for over 9 months now and the last time I went past it still wasn't open. Be careful what you wish for!

              And things could be worse. I have the same complaint about Forest Hills. We have 5 or 6 mediocre Thai places but none of the good Mexican or Banh Mi places you mention. At least it's a much shorter trip for me to get to Jackson Heights, Elmhurst or Woodside.

              1. re: el jefe

                don't know about williston park--i just assumed they opened because i first heard about it so long ago. but if they're having problems opening one branch, then i guess my wish for a third branch (or is it a second branch?) in brooklyn is unlikely to be fulfilled.

          2. We really enjoyed Nine-D for a while but stopped going there after we had two bad experiences with take-out. In both instances, the main dishes were good, but the rice smelled strongly of mildew. Maybe they are storing the plastic take-out containers near a water source.