Nodus Thai

The neighborhood’s newest culinary attraction is the Thai restaurant Nodus, located at what used to be the Flagship Entertainment store just next to Sidetracks on Queens Blvd south by 45th street. It opened just last week, and tonight we went there for a noodilicious dinner.

Nodus

Nodus

There is quite a high density of Thai restaurants in Sunnyside, so one may question whether opening up another one makes sense, but Nodus definitely brings something new to the table – both figuratively and literally. Unlike the other local Thai places, it focuses specifically on noodle dishes, and it’s surprisingly varied menu offers many unique items. The interior decor and atmosphere, dominated by a glowing wall-mounted Buddha – is both modern and welcoming, and also distinguishes it from its local competitors.

Chicken empanada appetizer

Chicken empanada appetizer

Among the unique appetizers on the menu are these mini chicken empanadas ($4.50). The pair comes with the nearly translucent sauce you see on the right. They are very soft and delicious, reminiscent more of Indian dosas than of Thai food.

Tom Yum shrimp soup

Tom Yum shrimp soup

By now I’ve sampled the classic Tom Yum soup from nearly every local Thai restaurant, and the one from Nodus just took the prize for first place. For a mere $4 you get this bountiful platter, containing ample shrimp, garnish, and exceptional mushrooms. What really makes this superior is the perfect balance of spice and taste. It is quite spicy, but not as much so as the one from Thai-Malay cafe and in my opinion, just right. I should also mention that when the waiter heard me comment on the spiciness, he brought over a complimentary Thai iced tea (we didn’t order any, as we usually do, because we just had some out in Manhattan earlier in the day).

Five Spice Duck bowl

Five Spice Duck bowl

One of Nodus’ specialties is a “big noodle bowl” ($9) which comes with a variety of entrees. This is the “five spice duck” one. Each bowl comes with a choice of noodle type (I believe there are five to choose from), and seen above are the “angel hair” thin noodles. The entire combination was well done, with the sauce complementing both the duck and the noodles quite nicely.

Northern style curry noodles

Northern style curry noodles

I’ve never seen this particular dish (Northern style curry noodles -$7.50) so was curious to try it. It comes with a choice of meat, and is an intriguing amalgam of a curry dish with a noodle dish. Essentially noodles in red curry sauce, the dish is enhanced by the mix of vegetables, including some crispy ones that I couldn’t quite identify. Overall it was a very pleasant dining experience, and you get great value for your money here. They apparently also have some $7 lunch special, although I have yet to try one.

 

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3 responses to “Nodus Thai

  1. Worst service ever. Be warned. The bill already includes 20% service charge with the mediocre service. The waiter did not give us one of the take out bags until I reminded him when we were about to leave. It was left on the top of the register shelf. And, when my 70-year old mother-in-law asked him where was the take out dish she asked (We were handed 2 take out bags), the waiter rushed outside, and drop the take out bag on the filthy sidewalk, ripped open the plastic and the brown paper bag, and yelled, “Do you want your foods?! Here!!!”. All of us were just stunned. I could not believe what I heard and saw. Total psycho. The reunion dinner of my mother-in-law, my sister-in-law’s family, and our family was totally ruined. I want to sue. Please somebody let me know what kind of charge I could bring for this horrible experience. Hey, Mr. waiter. I don’t know what kind of day you had, or how pathetic your life is. But, don’t take it out to my 70-year old mother-in-law. You made yourself a total loser.

    • Wow, you definitely need to sue – you have to do it at the International War Crimes Tribunal, as I am pretty sure that forgetting a take-out bag and yelling are both considered crimes against humanity.

  2. I am the fan of your site. But this one we have some disagreements. We were there to try as well. Start from Tom yum soup, they use can strawmushroom and tomato. We think Dee thai and I am Thai on 43 ave are better. We tried grilled chicken and it came out cold. Northern noodle is just a plain flavor of red curry. And they messed up our orders 3 times. Please, try again. We love you.

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