Please get behind our relatively new restaurant Senn Thai Comfort Food. You know, the one that opened up in the old Recipe space after the failed Mexican joint, two doors down from the neighborhood’s only other Thai restaurant? Unlike that other Thai restaurant, Senn is no “noodles with your choice of meat” type of place. In fact, they proudly serve no Pad Thai and make a point of etching this on their wall like a badge of honor.
Senn serves authentic comfort dishes straight from grandma’s kitchen, with diverse offerings that bear names difficult to read and worth studying. You can explore unchartered combinations that depart from the Americanized version of Thai food we are most often subjected to in plastic takeout containers. Like the Kao Keab Pak Mor, steamed pork dumplings from Northern Thailand, which are plump pink sacks of beetroot rice wrappers stuffed to the edges with ground pork, peanuts, and garlic. The Som Tum, or shaved green papaya salad, is an indicator of Senn’s true legitimacy, carrying a strong kick of Thai chili alongside the fishiness of dried shrimp – the good kind of fishy.
So the next time you are pacing around the 80s on Amsterdam Avenue, aggravated by the wait at that other Thai restaurant, do yourself a favor. Throw in the towel on the Pad Thai.