September 23, 2012 by Emily Pergament
The Thai lunch special is a staple of the Manhattan workday dining scene. Nowhere else can you find a substantial entree paired with a taste of an appetizer for anywhere from $8 to $13, usually depending on where the restaurant is, not necessarily on the quality of the food.
As common as these lunch specials may be on weekdays, though, rare is the restaurant that offers the same deal on the weekend. Beyond Thai in the West Village is one such place.
Hidden behind the basketball courts on 6th Avenue and across the street from the Fat-In-Manhattan-famous Three Sheets Saloon, Beyond Thai had a magical chalkboard out front yesterday afternoon that read “Weekend Lunch Special: Appetizer and Entree $10.” Emily and I had been wandering around the neighborhood looking for something to pique our appetite. We went right in.
They had all the standard Thai favorites. Emily got pad cee yew with chicken, but her appetizer was four spicy chicken wings, a big portion for a lunch special appetizer.
I got the pad kee mao with vegetables, basically a spicy version of the cee yew noodles. I also had a nice tom yum soup for an appetizer.
They also had inventive cocktails for $5 at lunch, most of them variations on the sake mojito. Emily got the cucumber one and I tried the lychee. Both were excellent.
The straw wrapper was made into a flower.