The Budget: $9-15
The Specs: Hungry Noodle
The Mood: Become part of the family in 5 seconds or leave and watch Netflix
The Place: 77 Norman Avenue
This is the very first restaurant I ate at when I moved to Greenpoint. And it quickly became my go-to Thai place. I’m not always one to share my go-to places. Okay, it’s not like they’re going to get famous for being on my blog, but sometimes it’s just nice to have your places that no one else knows about unless you tell them to know about it. Well, I’m telling you to know about this one, because it is just a place that needs to be shared.
Everyone say hello to Tendai. She’s really cool and won a silver medal in the Junior Olympics. More importantly, she came here to eat Pad Thai with me (just kidding, the Olympics thing is a little more significant). Anyway, this is one of the two tables in the restaurant. Basically, it’s a small place. You get a lot of personal attention when you eat in there. Everyone is so friendly, and you feel like you’ve become a second family member just by sitting down. They even extend the lunch special if you’re really being nice. So be nice.
One of my policies is you can’t live somewhere unless they have really good Pad Thai that can be delivered to your door. Because there are just some kinds of days that nothing else will do besides eating Pad Thai and watching New Girl or Jane the Virgin while sitting in your home and not moving. So this is my Pad Thai place. But they have much more than Pad Thai, including New Orleans-style gumbo I have yet to try, but need to, because if you can have both gumbo and Pad Thai on the menu, I’m a little confused but also most certainly going to try them both.
Hungry Noodle ($11.00)
Do you remember the Omu Soba I had you try at Izakaya MEW? This is that dish without the omelette part, but adding cabbage. We have pan-fried ramen noodles, scallions, garlic, cabbage, dried fish, and seaweed flakes. The seaweed flakes are the same thing that move while they’re on your plate, and it’s a little scary for half a second, but fear goes away after a certain point. And then it’s just amazing. Wow, these noodles are so good.
Pad Thai ($12 at dinner, $9 at lunch)
You get this huge plate of Pad Thai AND two spring rolls if you come at lunchtime. If you come/order at dinner time, you just get this for $12. I just gave you an important life tip. Anyway, if you love Pad Thai, you’ll love this, because it is indescribably Pad Thai. It just doesn’t get much better than Pad Thai.
Hungry? Go to Hungry? Are you confused yet?
Put a fork in it.