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196 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.676885 -73.980420
Mon-Thu, Sun 5:30pm-12am
Neighborhoods: Park Slope
wow what a great restaurant – wow,how great is this thai food.just moved to brooklyn from manhattan and was poking around the neighborhood for some fun spots. well i have found my favourite .thai food all too often is a sweet , slightly predictable and sometimes a big let down. but not here at Long Tan, the menu carries a lot of the usual favourites and does them all well ,however the chef here has come up with some real winners that you will not find at any other thai restaurant ,the slow cooked pork chop stands out as one of the best chops i have ever eaten anywhere,the special wild mushroom dumplings are another stand out ,and the house made sausages are to die for.this is not your ordinary thai restaurant its very modern and stylish,comfortable and the staff and the music are a notch above all other park slope spots.all in all the whole experience is a great treat .what a great date spot.and get this the prices are amazing toooooo.
they do it right – when long tan opened almost 6 years ago i thought 'trendy and who needs this manhattan style restaurant' well it is a manhattan style restaurant and so what ! it is the best thai food in the neighborhood for many reasons the food is always spot on ,the tamarind duck entree is outstanding,and the house made sausages are like a trip to thailand i have never seen this dish except in thailand and here it is as i ate it in thailand.the fish special on a recent visit to long tan ,a trout dish was something that really stood out.the servers here are all neighborhood people and make me feel at home and pampered everytime.they know the food and really seem to love what they are doing.the bar at long tan has got to be the best place for top quality drinks around and the bar food specials are amazing ,hangar steak with mash potatoes and crispy onion rings for $10 many nights i have taken advantage of this great deal.
my girlfriend held our birthday party here in the red room in back of the bar we had such a great time that i would like to bring it to peoples attention,we worked out the details with Rory the owner ,who made the whole experience such fun and we really apreciated how easy it all was,am sure from previous experiences of having parties at my apartment that we could not have done it as cheaply as they dit it,and all with no clean up afterwards.
at last we have a restaurant that really serves brooklynites sophisticated needs.
Return Visit – I was a regular here when it first opened but hadn't been in a while (I moved 15 blocks away into Sunset Park). I decided to take a friend here who was visiting from out of town and we had a great time. We got there at 12:30 (they're open till 1am on weekends!) and found the staff to be friendly and helpful for such a late hour.
We tried the sausage appetizer and kangaroo salad to start and both were awesome. Especially the sausages, which come with several condiments on the side and fresh lettuce leaf wraps. For our main courses, we shared the tamarine duck breast and the slow cooked pork chop. Both were outstanding.
My friend and I were also really impressed by the cocktail list - great mojitos!! The evening ended on a romantic note and we never felt rushed our hurried through out meal, which I really appreciated. Long Tan is just another example of why 5th Ave. is Brooklyn's #1 resaturant area.
A Risky Venture – Brooklyn's 5th Ave and Smith St both have a couple of very authentic, high quality Thai restaurants; these may be noisy, not the most comfortable places, but the food always satisfies. Long Tan, on the other hand, is neither that authentic (It's very westernized Thai) nor is it always satisfying. There are some excellent dishes at Long Tan: flaky and subtle curry puffs, spicy Asian slaw, lean and flavorful kangaroo teriyaki, 2 flavor fish are some of the standouts. There are some dishes which hold a lot of promise, but are not quite there, like their Pad Thai which is made correctly with the intensely tasty dried shrimp, but is a little too sweet. And then there're the disasters: no one I know has ever been able to go through a whole serving of the hot and sour soup here, it's way too sour and way too hot, there's no balance of flavors and it pretty much kills your taste buds for the rest of the meal; the shrimp dumplings are tiny, overly deep fried bits with a bland and mushy filling; the green papaya and green beans salad comes swimming in a tart dressing and that's basically all you can taste.
Long Tan is the most comfortable of the local Thai spots, a good place for a leisurely dinner, and they make some interesting cocktails. The service is also normally very efficient and pleasant. I just wish they'd get their menu right.
Date Night – My girlfriend dragged me here last Saturday for our "date night." It was very busy when we got there but the host had us sat after a 10 minute wait. We ordered a mojito and a mango martini and they were delicious. The menu is not traditional Thai but most of our food was great. We loved the curry puffs, the short ribs special, and the snapper. The mango summer rolls were only OK. The place was jammed but our server was professional and friendly. The music was a bit loud but the song selection was great, so we blew off desert and had another round of drinks at the bar. They don't have DJ's anymore but one of the waiters is a DJ and his mix CD's are played on the weekends. All in all, we plan to go back.
Great bar, not so great restaurant – I live nearby and frequent all the Thai restaurants in the area. While Long Tan has the greatest bar (the drinks are awesome, especially the plum wine sangria, and they have a second happy hour 11pm-1am!), I have to say the food is disappointing. Everything is more expensive than other thai-owned restaurants nearby, but blander, less creative, with less fresh ingredients. Don't be fooled by the creativity of the menu, most of the food is just not good. Also, Long Tan is the kind of place where "trendy"="servers who are too cool for school." I don't like it when servers don't really know anything, and are kind of rude and inattentive. The decor really is beautiful inside, but if you want good Thai food go elsewhere. Stick to the bar at Long Tan.
A nice riff on traditional Thai – This wasn't the expected menu comprised only of pad thai and tom yum soup, but I thought that was what made the place so special. I ordered tamarind duck and my wife ordered noodles with ground beef, and we were both delighted by the way the dishes evoked Thai flavors in unexpected ways. Instead of being "pan-Asian," I thought it was simply a creative take on Thai cuisine... and I'd much rather have innovation with traditional Thai spices than another unremarkable noodle dish. Plus, when our entrees were held up in the kitchen on a busy Saturday night, the owner sent over complimentary summer rolls to hold us over! Our waitress was sweet and accomodating, not overbearing. The music does get a little loud at times, but it just made me want to lean closer to my beautiful wife, and as I did, I got a whiff of corriander.
nice place to visit.... – but I wouldn't wanna live there. I liked the food at this quasi-thai restaurant. It was nice and fresh, but I can't give it high scores on being authentic thai. The food was very good, but not very thai. If you'd like to have a nice light meal with an asian accent, Long Tan is a good place on the slope.
best thai food in brooklyn totally impressed! – wow! how have i missed this one ,tried Long Tan last week for the first time and now know what the NY TIMES and many more in the neighborhood already knew. this restaurant reminds me why i love brooklyn ,the food is great the ambience is fun and the service is very friendly and get this the prices make most restaurants look like rip off joints.do yourself a favor and have dinner here and see if you dont agree with me.
hot stuff – this restaurant keeps getting better ,the curries and the daily specials seem to have taken a major leap in the right direction.i love the ambience the owner and the staff work over time to make your dining experience a great one.my girlfriend and i think that this is the best thai food in brooklyn and we should know we have tried all the available thai restaurants,the food is spicy enough without hurting anyone but if pain is your thing then mention to your waiter that you like things hot and the long tan kitchen will do the rest .just remember to order the house cocktails such as the ginger kamikaze or the moscow mule to add to your experience .
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