Qi Thai Grill To Open Next Week: Will Williamsburg Finally Get a Good Thai Restaurant?

Sea sucks

We sure hope so. Sure, Greenpoint’s Amarin is okay, but given the sheer number of places it’s ridiculous how mediocre the food is in north Brooklyn. (And let’s face it, despite its popularity, Sea sucks.) The last time we had good Thai in the neighborhood was when Planet Thai was in its original location on Bedford Ave. That’s why we’re excited about this news:

The owners of the Qi Thai restaurants are branching out with a third location slated to open in Williamsburg next week. Chef Pichet Ong created dishes for the Midtown location, and he will do the same for the new Brooklyn restaurant. But perhaps more intriguing is that the owners have also enlisted the talents of Sripraphai Tipmanee, of the beloved Sripraphai in Queens. Half the menu will be Ong’s dishes, and the other half will be Sripraphai’s dishes. The restaurant will seat 200 people.

The new location of Qi, dubbed Qi Thai Grill, will open next Wednesday at 76 N. 9th Street in Williamsburg.

New Photo Exhibit At Sage Showcases Restaurant’s Punk Rock Roots

via Sage

Indie music and Thai food may not seem like the most logical pairing, but a new Thai restaurant on Graham Ave. actually has its roots in the scene. Sage, which opened in May and is located at 301 Graham Ave. (at Ainsley), was inspired by the longtime friends and business partners behind Generation Records, an East Village punk, metal, and hardcore record store that occupied Thompson Street for twenty years. In tune with its musical background, Sage is hosting a photography exhibit later this month that will feature “prominent and influential indie bands on tour in the late ’80s through ’90s, all black and white photography, original and unique prints,” a rep tells FREEwilliamsburg.

The artist behind the exhibit is Bert Queiroz, a Brooklyn-by-way-of-Washington, D.C.-based musician and photographer. Querioz’s website says he “was one of the original members of the punk and hardcore scene that gave birth to such influential bands as Minor Threat, Bad Brains, and Fugazi.” The exhibit will be in Sage’s bar area and will open with a reception on October 30th from 8-10 p.m.

Click here for more on Sage, located at 301 Graham Ave. (at Ainsley).