Best Thai in Albany PLEASE!!!!
Snow or no snow I've GOT to get some really good Thai food soon or who knows what will break loose.
What I love - Duck in red curry, tod mun, pad thai, any great fresh spicy seafood dish
Not fancy and expensive because that's never been what's it's about.
Thanks in advance and
The only Thai food I've had in the Capital Region was at a place on Lark Street and it was okay. I was at Yono's for a dinner earlier this week and someone mentioned the Thai restaurant on Central Avenue (apologies, I don't remember the name). This long thread mentions Thai:
If you do a search of this Board by Thai and Albany these restaurants come up:
1. Capital Thai, Central Ave.
2. Noi's Sushi & Thai Food, Central Ave.
3. Sukhothai, Lark Street
I also remembered Sushi Thai Garden on Phila in Saratoga Springs which was quite good the last time I went.
For what it's worth, Metroland rated Capital Thai best in 2009:
Had an errand in Albany yesterday and decided to check out The Blue Spice instead of Phoenician's (Lebanese) for lunch. The Blue Spice markets itself as a "modern gourmet Thai restaurant." Service was very good. Now on to the food. We had:
Thai iced teas - very good
Blue Spice Noodles - I had a taste, very fresh
Masaman Curry - menu had beef, they kindly made the dish with chicken for me. The dish had a side salad on the same plate with the curry for a more gourmet presentation. I'm used to this dish with peanuts and it was served with cashews. Another modern gourmet touch.
Tom Kha (chicken, galanga, coconut milk) and Tom Yum soups were not on the lunch menu. Maybe they are available if you ask.
Our lunch came with a tofu soup. The tofu and cilantro were the best parts of the soup. The soup was very salty and tasted like boullion. Our server asked about the soup (SO finished his and I didn't). She asked me if I wanted something else instead. As mentioned previously, service is very good at The Blue Spice.
The Blue Spice has more ambience than Sukhothai on Lark.
We will go to Phoenicians the next time we are in the area.
caravan70, probably because the population won't support more . . .You haven't heard "smallAlbany" yet? The food choices in Saratoga Springs and Albany are a big improvement from when I grew up in the Capital District. There was a cover story in Metroland about a year ago where the writers discussed all the cuisine choices here . . .just not a lot of restaurants for each cuisine.
You won't find the sushi and Asian choices, fine dining you had in SF here. There's also a Thai place in Schenectady (haven't been) and 2 in Clifton Park (just okay). When we want Korean we usually go to Little Korea in the city or the Korean restaurants near the GW Bridge.
There's a good Asian market on Central Avenue.
You might want to try Phila Fusion in Saratoga Springs (not too far from Albany) if you haven't already.
The Capital Region is at the center of everything - only a few hours from NYC, Montreal and Boston when you need a big city food fix.
I tried Blue Spice's new location in Clifton Park (near Hannaford & Superior Cleaners) for lunch recently. It's a large space. Service is very friendly. They even offered to make me a lunch size portion of spicy basil with chicken. I also had pad thai.
It's nice to have more dining options in CP. That said, I have yet to find Thai food here I really like. Best I've had is Sushi Thai Garden at the Saratoga location. Have not tried Capital Thai yet . . .
FDR, do you have a preference between Sushi Thai Garden and Sushi Thai at the Park? Do you find a noticeable difference?
Sukhothai also operates two separate locations in Albany. I wonder if there is a noticeable difference between those two.
Bangkok Bistro and Martini Bar in Schenectady is also rebuilding and close to opening a second location in the original Colonie Blue Spice on Central Av.
That said, between Saratoga (2), Clifton Park (2), Schenectady (1), Troy (1), Delmar (1), Colonie (2) and Albany (4) there are now 13 restaurants serving Thai food.
Sushi Thai Garden
44 Phila St, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866
62 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12206
19 Clifton Country Rd, Clifton Park, NY 12065