Atmosphere may not count for everything, but when lovely surroundings, affordable prices and fine food can be found under one roof, so much the better.
Here are four cases in point.
As its name implies, taste is what this restaurant is all about, both in terms of food and decor. This is a quietly elegant space defined by autumn colors, pretty tapestries and fine carvings.
1013 Park Blvd., Massapequa Park, 516-541-3867
Hidden away in a nondescript strip mall is this surprisingly large and dramatically decorated Thai spot with a lounge and dining area. Walls are deep crimson, furnishings carved teak, accented by judiciously placed objets d'art.
1812 Veterans Hwy., Islandia, 631-348-2555
With its polished wood floors, raffia chairs and folkloric wall art, Centara Thai Cuisine brings a note of class to affordable Thai eating in a college town.
1015 Rte. 25A, Stony Brook, 631-689-2135
Inhabiting a quirkily shaped corner spot that has housed a string of Thai predecessors, this restuarant is surely the prettiest thus far. Serving up authentic Thai cuisine, this tasefully decorated restaurant has service that matches both its interior and its fare.
25 Main St., Kings Park, NY 631-269-4961