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Change of Thais in Kings Park

Bangkok Pavilion moves into the former Kings Park

(Credit: Newsday/Joan Reminick)

Bangkok Pavilion in Kings Park is so new, it doesn’t yet have its own sign. Instead, a banner announces that the restaurant has opened in the former digs of Sarin Thai (a short-lived spinoff of the still-open Greenvale original).  The oddly shaped corner spot has housed several Thai restaurants, among them Chaophaya and Siam Thai. Chef-owner Settapat Bunnak, who hails from Ayutthaya, north...

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Thai Chef opens in North Merrick

Thai Chef is new to North Merrick.

(Credit: Joan Reminick)

New to the little community of North Merrick is Thai Chef, a diminutive storefront spot that serves both as a takeout and  — although there are only four tables — full-fledged restaurant. The menu features such choices as papaya salad ($5.95), green curry fried rice with chicken, beef, pork, tofu, vegetables, shrimp or squid ($7.95 to $8.95), spicy basil chicken ($8.95) and tamarind duck ($14.95)....

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Thai Coconut, Wantagh: First bites

This is spicy basil shrimp at Thai Coconut

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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,...

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Turning up the heat on a cold day

Chef Tito Onofre is busy at work at

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Yes, it's cold outside and it will get colder tomorrow. Actually, the rest of the week is a trip to frigidville, too. So, in addition to preparing for snow, brace yourself. Here are a few ways. Order the spaghetti with lobster in a spicy tomato sauce at Jonathan's Ristorante in Huntington. If you prefer a mellow way to warmth: a saute of wild mushrooms with soft polenta. Dive into the andouille...

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Fit to be Thai: Long Island’s 10 best

Green curry with shrimp at Sarin Thai in

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Thai food is having a moment on Long Island, with an unprecedented number of ambitious restaurants serving authentic dishes that go way beyond pad Thai. Newsday's Joan Reminick surveys the Thai restaurant scene, offers a guide to Thai menus (what exactly is massaman curry?) and reveals her 10 favorites....

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