BY Led Black
Uptown has crossed the Rubicon; we now have the distinct pleasure of claiming 2 Thai restaurants in the area. Bangkok Heights (812 W.181st) in Wash Heights and Yummy Thai (4959 Broadway – 207 ST), which just opened up in Inwood last month to much fanfare. On the night before their grand opening they gave free food to a crowd that surpassed 700 people. They knew what they were doing. Every time I have passed the place since, it is always packed. I happened to stop by yesterday just before the dinner rush and was able to have a great meal and take some pictures without having to bother anyone while they were eating.
We started off with the Thai Dumpling appetizer, which was made with chicken, shrimp and crabmeat…delicious. Then we went for the Drunken Noodles (sautéed flat noodle with basil, chili, tomatoes, egg, onion and scallions) and a super awesome order of shrimp fried rice. Both restaurants are owned by the same group and share a dedication to excellent service and food but the décor of the places are quite different. While Bangkok Heights is cozier and little more romantic, Yummy Thai is more expansive and open. That is great news for the foodies of the neighborhood because no matter what part of Uptown you live in, you can now have great Thai food without having to go too far. By the way, while Bangkok Heights has a B.Y.O.B policy, Yummy Thai does not and still hasn’t obtained their liquor license. I would have loved an ice-cold Singha beer with my drunken noodles.
Check out their site: yummythaiinwood.com/
Check out our story on the neighborhood’s other Thai Spot: Bangkok Heights