Tum Thai Cuisine, which took over the space previously occupied by the Afghan restaurant Ariana for 20-plus years, has closed in Huntington.
The Thai restaurant, which opened in late 2017 at the Main Street space, has been succeeded by RaCha Thai Cuisine. Tum Thai's original Rockville Centre location remains open.
Racha, which means royalty in Thai, serves authentic, regional dishes such as crispy pork belly prig khing (crispy pork belly, green beans, peppers and lime leaves in spicy chili paste); crab meat fried rice (jumbo crab meat, cashew nuts, green pea, carrot, egg, onions and scallions); hot sweet basil duck (crispy duck with basil leaves, bell peppers, mushroom and onion in garlic sauce; and Nua Yang (sliced barbecue beef served with chili tamarind dressing).
A large portion of the menu also includes vegetarian dishes such as pad thai, pineapple fried rice, spicy eggplant, and rama (sautéed mixed vegetables in peanut sauce).
Dinner mains average about $20; lunch specials range from $10.95 to $11.95. Chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, squid, vegetables and tofu can be added to dishes at an additional charge.
The new owner of RaCha is Pattarachai Subworaphon. And there's a new chef, too, Phunnee Prungsak, who goes by the name Mark. But the decor and staff remain the same.
RaCha Thai Cuisine is open daily, noon to 10 p.m.
RaCha Thai Cuisine is at 255 Main St., Huntington, 631-824-6881.