Silver Spork Recommends Arunee Thai

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Arunee Thai

Queens, New York

Cost: $$

I’ve never really had Thai food before. I mean, I went to a “Thai” restaurant once in Martha’s Vineyard, but what I got was basically fried chicken in some wilted lettuce— basically a Wendy’s salad. For years I’ve been telling myself that I’m waiting to try Thai until I find someone to walk me through the process, someone to help me decide between duck and pork and make sure I don’t have any… stomach problems once it’s over. But ever since I discovered Arunee Thai, I’m disappointed that it took me twenty-three years to try it for real.

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Not only was this place super cute and classy, but our waitress was both sweet and prompt. As soon as you walk in the door you’re hit by a gorgeous mural and interior design. There was a good amount of seating that extended to the back of the restaurant and a spacious bar near the front, though the drinks were a little on the pricey side.

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To sort of ease me in, my friend recommended I get either the popular pad Thai or one of their many fried rice options. I decided to be a little adventurous and go for a fried rice, which might not sound adventurous to you, but you can totally buy little dried up packets of pad Thai in any of those bougie food markets and I’ve had a horrible track record with fried rice before. But the basil fried rice blew my mind. I could actually feel my brain melting out through my ears, but that might have just been the spice (heed their warnings if you know you can’t handle it). It was seasoned well and the chicken was juicy and the vegetables crunched between my teeth, and it came to me in a little rice dome which always makes me happy.

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My friend loved her pineapple fried rice, and that shit actually came in a pineapple! Twenty points for presentation. And finally, the Thai iced tea. Oh, the Thai iced tea. I could write odes to Thai iced tea. Maybe it’s because I’ve never had it before, but it’s a surprisingly delicious drink. And functional! It was definitely a tasty, sweet balm for the spicy basil fried rice.

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All in all, Arunee Thai is hella delicious and if it didn’t take 40 minutes by bus and train to get there from my house, I’d eat there everyday.

Post by Mekisha Telfer.