Ah, Clifton. My favorite neighborhood in the city (that isn’t downtown). Where else can you see an indie flick and then chow down on your favorite ethnic food? Within a few blocks, you can get pizza, Mediterranean, Indian (four or five times over), Thai, sushi– you name it.
A couple of Champagne Tuesdays ago, a few of my friends and I went to Thai Cafe after discovering that Kaldi’s kitchen now closes at 3 PM on weekdays– no more Tuesday Burger Madness! Sad.
Monika and I both ordered Thai dishes, while Lauren and Amy both got sushi. I have never eaten sushi there– I tend to go to sushi-focused restaurants for sushi– But both Lauren and Amy were really happy with their choices, which ranged from dragon rolls to eel, spicy to sweet.
Monika got tofu in coconut and yellow curry– not too spicy!
I got Pad Thai, level 1. I’m a wimp, I admit it. However, I do think that their pad thai is the best in the city– it’s a little sweet, but not too sweet, and definitely savory; the chicken (my choice) is never overdone (some restaurants turn it to either rubbery bits or mealy bits, neither of which is appetizing), nor is the egg. The noodles are well coated in sauce, but not overly greasy (typical) or too wet. The most important thing? It’s consistent. It is good every single time, from the service to the food– I have not had a bad meal there in all of the years I’ve been going there.
The prices are a little high compared to other fare directed at college kids in Clifton, but still very reasonable– my bill was right around $12 with a drink– a real steal, in my mind.