The dish on Long Island's restaurant and food scene.
The new Bangkok Pavilion in Kings Park, which took over the former digs of Sarin Thai (a short-lived spinoff of the still-open Greenvale original) offered a serene setting for a recent dinner. Polished wood floors and lovely upholstered chairs were elegant touches. Only one problem: large platters and small tables made for crowding, especially when dishes were shared.
Highlights of the meal included a properly hot and sour tom yum goong soup with shrimp as well as a Thai variation on wonton soup wherein a savory broth floated very light dumplings. An unusually assertive topping: fried garlic.
A comforting choice was pad see ew, flat rice noodles with broccoli, egg and as the protein pick beef. Wish the meat hadn't been so chewy. No such problem with an entree of Bangkok duck ($18), crisp fried skin overlaying tender poultry. Every bite delivered a spicy kick.
The restaurant is open Tuesday to Sunday.
Bangkok Pavilion is at 25 Main St., Kings Park, 631-269-4961.