Brooklyn – Carroll Gardens
278 Smith St between Sackett and DeGraw Sts, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn
Brooklyn, NY 11231
While the modernist design touches--vinelike wall sculptures, Lucite lamps and resin chairs--are cool, they"re also cold. Ambience aside, the prodigiously portioned and surprisingly light dishes win you over. Savor the citrus kick in the green papaya salad and the flakiness of the spring rolls, which are stuffed with vermicelli, cabbage and taro root. Big bowls of fragrant coconut-milk-based Massaman curry topped with fried onions and cashews are sharable, as is a dish called Two Best Friends--a belly-filling portion of tender shrimp and squid with onion, bell pepper and scallions in a hot chili sauce.
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