Samui Brooklyn: A Modern Thai Heaven in Fort Greene

November 17, 2016 | Fê Paronetto
Dining Samui Brooklyn Restaurant Façade

We absolutely love a low key neighborhood called Fort Greene, in Brooklyn and last Friday we went to dinner at a surprising place called Samui Brooklyn – a Thai restaurant.

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This newly opened restaurant (fresh from August) boasts an amazing ambience – from the decor, to the menu – everything is first class.

The façade is impossible to miss and was created by the talented and renowned graffiti artist Andrea von Bujdoss (a.k.a. Queen Andrea One). The three huge geometric chandeliers were designed by Joel Voisard and the unique projections at the bar wall, created by Aryn John Freysteinson, are paired with custom glass sculptures by Michael Skura, that replicate water bubbles.

It’s all extremely delightful and curious to the eyes!

Cleary inspired by the ocean, the bar (as it should be) is the centerpiece of this restaurant. We highly recommend you ask the talented Taja to make you the best ginger caipirinha – you will not regret it!

We enjoyed both a carnivorous and vegetarian modern Thai menu. To die for!

Here is what we ate:

  • As starters: steamy edamame, blue potato fritters with cucumber relish, vegetable somosas, turmeric garlic chicken wings with sweet chili peanut dip and a chicken and shrimp crepe with coconut
  • As mains: short rib massaman curry and the drunken noodles
  • For drinks: ginger mojito, ginger caipirinha and red wine

Unfortunately, there was no space left for dessert, but we’re surely going back for it. They have options like: poached pear with vanilla ice cream & pandan sauce, warm banana coconut milk and the mango & sticky rice coconut cream.

Must try dishes? We would say all, but it was a lot of food, so try the potato fritters, crepe with chicken and shrimp, the short rib massaman curry – it literally melts in your mouth and has a generous serving of beef that can easily be shared. As for the drunken noodles too, but be warned they are pretty spicy.

It’s a place to sit and enjoy the conversation and your company. Different from most NYC restaurants, Samui does not rush you out of the restaurant!

A. Napadol – the owner and Chef – is clearly passionate about the restaurant and her partner will spin meanbeatz – a fusion of funk and house music, so just sit, eat and enjoy the sound!”

I wanted to create a restaurant where people can afford to come more than once a month,” Napadol said. “Bring the luscious island and culture of Thailand to Brooklyn.

I purchased the space with my husband, music producer Hani Albader, and vow to turn it into a modern sanctuary for guests to relax under soft and sexy lighting with great ambiance and design”.

It’s also a great place for private events we can help you organize and they do already offer catering service too.

We’ll surely be back!

Tuesday – Thursday: 5:30pm – 11:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm – 11:30pm
Sunday: 5:30pm – 10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Location: 15 Vanderbilt Avenue, Fort Greene

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Ashley Adele

About Fê Paronetto

Fê is our Founder & CEO! She's Brazilian (Yup! Not a New Yorker!), but her indescribable passion and curiosity for NY makes her a New Yorker by heart. Fê worked in companies like Kimberly Clark, Quintessentially, Vogue Brazil and Iguatemi Group, and after 12 years of working for these fantastic companies, she decided to go solo and move to NYC! She lives in Brooklyn since April of '15 and has been tirelessly working on BTSNYC, working with huge companies on corporate projects, practicing her Arhatic Yoga meditations, finding time for gym and friends! Phiuf!

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