The first time I ever had Thai food was about 7 years ago in Michigan. My brother told me that he and his wife were going to take my mother and me out for Thai food. I had never had Thai food before but my brother is a great cook and makes pretty good food recommendations. His movie recommendations are still hit or miss. (If my brother is reading this, know that I will always be ticked at you for making me stay up until 3:00 in the morning watching The Ninth Gate. 😡 😀 ). Luckily the food turned out to be delicious and when I got back to NYC I decided to go to this Thai place that I always used to pass by on the bus. That restaurant was Mini Thai Cafe. It became a favorite with my mother and me. Asiam Thai on 1st Avenue and 15th St. was delicious as well but Mini Thai Cafe was always our first choice.
Mini Thai Cafe was usually where we went when we had something to celebrate. Birthdays, Mother’s Day, etc. In fact, this last time that my mother and I went, it was her belated Mother’s Day present. We wound up going on Memorial Day. I went online to see if they were open and it said that they were but the holiday might affect those hours. I also saw a Yelp page for them and it said that Yelpers reported that the location had closed. I thought that was strange since I had just passed by the place the day before and it was open. I called and someone answered and said they were open until 11:00pm.
When we got there, we noticed right away that the decor was a bit different. Things were missing but we figured they were just redecorating. When the waiter handed us our menus, we noticed that it didn’t say Mini Thai Cafe. It said Hub Thai. My mother and I both looked at each other, the disappointment clear on our faces but we decided to stay because we were hungry and we didn’t want to write the place off without at least trying the food. Of course I pulled out my trusty point and shoot to take pictures of the decor and the food. Forgive the quality of the pictures. The light wasn’t the best where we were sitting and I didn’t want to be firing the flash when people were trying to eat.
We noticed some changes to the menu. Hub Thai had crab rangoon. I love crab rangoon so I decided to give it a whirl. It was okay but nothing special. The dipping sauce was nice.
Next up was the chicken Thai fried rice. At Mini Thai Cafe, we’d always get the combination seafood fried rice which was amazing. So much flavor and plenty of seafood. That wasn’t an option here. You could get shrimp fried rice but not combination seafood. It wasn’t a huge deal but it did make us miss Mini Thai Cafe. The fried rice here was okay, maybe a little too salty, but again nothing special.
Chicken Pad Thai is one of my favorite dishes so I always ordered it whenever I went there. The chicken Pad Thai was really good so if you do go to Hub Thai, definitely get that dish. Being a new business, they probably just need some time to find their groove. I wonder what happened to Mini Thai and when they closed. Hub Thai is located in NYC at 105 Avenue A between 6th and 7th St.
If anyone has any good Thai restaurant recommendations, I’d love to hear them. It’s always a good idea to have a few backup places.