By Ernest Barteldes
Chang Noi Thai
100 Stuyvesant Place
Staten Island, NY
Located in St. George not far from the Staten Island Museum and the Wall Street entrance the ferry terminal, this small BYOB Thai restaurant – the only one of its kind in the area – is a welcome addition the neighborhood, which lacked proper Asian fare except for various takeout Chinese restaurants in the area.
I discovered it quite by accident – I was taking care of some chores and happened to come across it, making a mental note to check it out some time soon. The opportunity came when sub-zero temperatures over the weekend discouraged us from venturing too far from home, making this spot about a five-minute walk from our apartment the ideal location for a night out.
On our first visit it was quite busy there – a mix of couples and families. We started out with fried calamari, which was crispy and tasty. For the main course, Renata went with Pad Thai while I chose spicier fare – Massaman Curry with shrimp and rice. The food was great and the service quite impeccable. The only negative note was the fact that it was a very cold evening and every time someone opened the door a cold draft hit our table, but it was a minor thing.
On our second visit, we started with vegetable spring rolls (great) and then I went with the Drunken noodles with shrimp. . We chose a corner table with less exposure to the cold, but since the place wasn’t as busy (there were several takeout customers coming and going) we had plenty of choices or where to sit.
It was once again a great experience – the meal was very satisfying, the atmosphere clean and very pleasant. We are sure to stop by again soon.