Thai Coconut, Wantagh: First bites

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This is spicy basil shrimp at Thai Coconut

This is spicy basil shrimp at Thai Coconut in Wantagh. Photo Credit: Newsday / Joan Reminick

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The month-old Thai Coconut  in Wantagh was nearly full the afternoon I stopped in. A well-priced lunch menu ($6.95 to $9.95) was apparently drawing a hungry clientele to this snug little spot near the LIRR station.

The midday deal here is a bit unusual. Included in the price is a choice of canned soda, bottled water or a quartet of mini spring rolls. In the future, I'd opt for the liquids, having found the spring rolls pretty wan tasting.

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There was plenty of flavor and nuance, though, in the spicy basil shrimp, which, while not fiery-hot, had a nice kick. The same held true of the drunken noodles, stir-fried broad rice noodles with chicken and vegetables. A green curry with eggplant and chicken, while thin, was shot through with flowery notes.

Thai Coconut is at 3266 Railroad Ave., Wantagh, 516-900-1168.


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