Lemongrass in New City

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Continuing the quest for the best Thai in LoHud, I visited Lemongrass in New City. We started with the appetizer sampler.

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The fried things were crunchy, the dumplings were gooey and the chicken satay was moist. But it wasn’t a stellar start to the meal.

The restaurant has great atmosphere. There are four fish tanks anchoring a raised platform in the center.

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Waist-high walls provide privacy and the lighting is dim enough to be enjoyable but not so dark you can’t read the menu.

Tables are set with flowers and wine, which the staff removes when you sit down:

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We tried the tom kai gai soup.

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The sliced button mushrooms were raw and there was a weird maple syrup-type aroma coming from the soup. It was OK, but didn’t have any heat (spicy heat, that is) at all.

The duck salad was simply bizarre:

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Romaine, raw onion, green peppers and …. olives? This was like a Greek salad with a sesame oil dressing. The duck was cooked fine — some crispy, some medium rare — but the flavors in this salad were not balanced, not cohesive and not good.

We ordered two curries, red:

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and green:

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The red wasn’t nuanced, but it was tasty and spicy. The green was a one-note Johnny. It was flat. My mom, who goes to Lemongrass a lot, says this is an anomaly: that normally it burns her lips.

Shrimp with garlic and tamarind:

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The sauce had notes of sweet and earthiness and the garlic was heavy. Unfortunately the shrimp were stringy.

Chicken basil:

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The anise flavor of basil was there and the vegetables were cooked well. One of the best dishes of the night.

A nice touch: they bring your check in a beautiful box.

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Lemongrass, 191-195 South Main St., New City. 845-639-7740.

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Liz Johnson is content strategist for The Journal News and lohud.com, and the founding editor of lohudfood, formerly know as Small Bites. As food editor, she won awards from the New York News Publishers Association, the Association of Food Journalists and the Associated Press. She lives in Nyack with her husband and daughter on a tiny suburban lot they call their farm — with fruit trees, an herb garden, and a yardful of lettuce, tomatoes, onions, shallots, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, cabbage, peppers, Brussels sprouts and carrots and four big blueberry bushes.

9 Comments

  1. Liz, are you going to try the new Thai places in Shrub Oak (Yorktown) and Carmel? Your original posting did not include Putnam as one of the counties you’re visiting but it is part of the LoHud area. I’d be curious to see your writeups on both since as I have posted on Chowhound, I have opinions of both.

  2. Steve,
    I didn’t try the frog’s legs. I figured I should try stuff that’s available at most Thai restaurants so I can compare easily.

    Bill,
    I am definitely going to Bangkok Spice in Shrub Oak but probably not Thai Golden in Carmel. This story is going to Rockland and InTown Westchester magazines before it goes in the paper…. and it isn’t going to Putnam magazine (simply because there aren’t enough Thai places in Putnam!). Maybe we’ll do Asian or Pan-Asian in Putnam. Any suggestions?

  3. I am not an expert but the only sit-down Chinese restaurant that I am aware of in the Mahopac/Carmel area is Toro, right down the block from Thai Angel.

    For the article in the paper, you really need to get to Thai Golden or it will be a glaring omission, especially for your Putnam readers.

  4. Liz I fashion myself a thai food expert,having lived in Thailand for 5 years and my best friend being Thai.
    You once did a review for Reka’s in White Plains and though i dont remember the details it was anything but scathing which it should have been.Why she is still in business is beyond me? Her food is bland,unbalanced,tasteless,and above all..NOT THAI.
    Seafood basket? whats that> how is that Thai?
    Her som tum is awful..here masumam beef taste like yankee pot roast..serious here.
    I gave here 3 chances..all three times we where very
    dissapointed and to the bargain her portiones are small.
    There is a gem in riverdale called Siam Square,its on kapock st so no need to go over bridge.They have very very good Thai there..authentic as can be without going to queens(sri,chao..zabb..etc).They won an award for there sum tom alone..amazing food..GO!

  5. For those who did not read that last comment carefully, the poster was complaining about Reka’s in White Plains, not Lemongrass in New City.

  6. Highly recommend the food from Thai Golden in Carmel- if you haven’t tried it yet, I would. Excellent chef and great story behind the restuarant. They need to make some improvments on the staff but they are actively working on that. I was just their on Saturday for their “Taste of Thai” lunch and they couldn’t have sone a better job. Fun, enthusiastic, great family style layout and an over abundance of food. Great way to dip your toes into the culture and cuisine!

  7. That might be a shill post, but it DOES sound like a great deal. 4 hour open bar with appetizers for $25 pp?? Sold. Think I can book that for 4 people? lol

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