615 Grand Street
Brooklyn NY 11211
Cuisine: Thai Food
Our Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Cards: All major
Hours: Mon-Fri, Noon-10:30pm; Sat 1pm-11pm; Sun 1pm-10:30pm
Booze: Beer and wine
Subway: L to Lorimer St. or Graham Ave.
NY Mag says:
This Thai restaurant may share its name with a Hawaiian porn star, but the crisp interior doesn’t play on it. Instead it showcases some of the traditional décor–a Buddha flanked by lotus and bicycle rickshaw photos–in a long room made brighter by light wood floors, squash-colored walls, and hibiscus-patterned cloth napkins. The cooking shows the same clean, spirited aesthetic, beginning with tom kha soup, in which the coconut milk adds body to the broth without weighing it down, and minced pork and shrimp dumplings wrapped in translucent dough. Fragrant, spicy curries make up part of the menu, along with specialties such as the petd tamarind–gratifyingly crisp slices of duck complemented by subtly sweet tamarind sauce–and steamed fish in banana leaf, a fresh, tender striped bass with little seasoning. The noodles don’t stand out from those of other Thai spots, but vegetarians have the option of ordering them without fish or oyster sauce. Many customers opt for take-out and delivery, so the crowd can be sparse, but the little things remind you that you’re in Williamsburg, like the Thai delivery guy sporting a “100% Irish” T-shirt.
A bright, clean space a few blocks off Metropolitan, Lily Thai is a favorite delivery and take-out spot for the East Williamsburg crowd. Choose from a variety of traditional noodle and rice dishes or give one of the house specialties, such as the baked fish in banana leaf, a try. Don’t miss the selection of “Jumbo Noodle Soups.”