Before heading over to the new MCC theatre on 52nd street to see the heart-wrenching musical Wrong Man, we grabbed dinner at a very casual Thai restaurant, Talad Wat. The Wrong Man struck a chord as it was reminiscent of An American Marriage that we discussed at book group.
I must warn you that the only seating is backless at communal picnic tables. Don’t let that stop you from heading there for their $20 dinner with two dishes and jasmine or organic red rice. (At lunch it’s only $16.)
Start with their mixed appetizer ($15) with two each vegetable dumplings, spring rolls and shrimp & crab dumplings with three dipping sauces. My fav — if you’re only getting one — are the green veggie dumplings with house sriracha.
One of our chicken dishes is for dark meat lovers as it contained a whole thigh and leg simmered in a mildly spiced coconut curry along with two cipollini onions, the other had little pieces of white meat with scallions in a mild-ginger sauce.
Do order both the tender ginger-braised short ribs with boiled peanuts in a sweet soy, tamarind and garlic sauce topped with shredded fresh ginger for an additional $3 and the five shrimp with red and green hot chili peppers plus Asian broccoli, which was my favorite.
Worth the visit.