Almost all of my girlfriends have a soft spot for Thai food, so I’ve tried Pad Thai at a lot of restaurants over the years. I’m always looking for a restaurant that is a little different, a little edgey and that’s where Cafetasia comes in.
Walking into the restaurant on 38 E 8th St. (between University Pl and Broadway), I knew that even if the food wasn’t good, I would enjoy the meal. Luckily, the food was good too.
I broke from my regular tendencies and ordered a dish that wasn’t vegetarian, the extra large plate of mussels served in a lemongrass broth.
The mussels dish was really tasty and my friends could not believe I had ordered them because they haven’t seen me eat “meat” in a year or so. In reality, I eat it fish more than that, but usually only when I have to choose between fish or steak. Steak is not my thing. Anyway, I give this dish 4 1/2 stars!
My other friend is a big shrimp fan, so she ordered the fried rice and requested shrimp. Cafetasia’s menu is nice because you can choose which kind of meat you want your food served with. Surprisingly, they have duck and “vegetarian duck” on the menu. I’d tell you more about it if I someone at my table had ordered it… Next time.
I’ll never order fried rice at a restaurant because I think I make it okay at home, but what are friends for! I got to try a lot of this dish and it was really good, plus it was a good starch on the side with all those mussels and lemongrass broth.
Last but not least, I got to see someone’s Chicken Pad Se ew. I believe that on the menu it was offered as a beef dish, but they obliged my friend and made it with chicken instead. From afar, the noodles looked good. I am an absolute sucker for bok choy, so perhaps I’m biased.
I think there were some other dishes on the menu that I missed out on, and I guess that’s a good reason to return to Cafetasia again! (Malaysian Laksa soup, I’m looking at you!) The prices were also very reasonable for New York, and the dish sizes were great, so no one has to order a large dish and take home leftovers, there are smaller, more affordable dishes as well. If I do return, I’ll make sure to blog about the Laksa–if I can finagle them to make it vegetarian.
Until next time, eat on.