Brooklyn >Food & Dining > Mai
497 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY | Directions 1121740.685806 -73.981253
Mon. - Thu., Sun. 12am - 10:30pm;Fri. - Sat. 12am - 11pm
Neighborhoods: Boerum Hill
bad service and ugly chicken – this got a great write up in zagats but the service was horrible and the food was nasty. after our order was finally taken, it took over a half hour before the waitress told us that they didn't have one of the dishes we ordered. ok - why did it take that long to tell us. then the food came out. i had chicken but it didn't look like any poultry i've ever eaten. maybe cow brains in mud?
avoid it if you're hungry – We drive by this place often and wanted to try it. On 10/10 we ordered the fried calamari, green curry with prawns, and coconut curry chicken with potatoes. The dinner was disappointing. The rice portions were for anorexic people. The best part was the calamari appetizer. Otherwise this place was a bust.
We Need More Like Mai – Whatever happened to the reaonably priced restaurants where you felt like you were taken care of, not pick-pocketed? Mai serves very good food at reasonable prices in a cozy little space, for not much more than you'd pay at an overlit diner. The monkfish appetizer is quite delicious, and I've loved the curries and noodles. One of the meat dishes (ribs maybe?) was a little spare and dry, but that was just one night soon after they opened. Back when it was BYOB--they serve beer and wine now.
Sumptuous pastiche of Southeast Asian flavors on Atlantic Avenue. – The Scene
Located at the crossroads of Boerum Hill, Fort Greene and Park Slope, Mai beckons in diners with a bright yellow awning. Exposed brick dominates the interior, with large pillows lining the banquettes providing vibrant splashes of color. In the back garden, which doubles the seating, a gurgling fountain housed in a thatched hut offers a serene alternative to rumbling traffic out front.
Thai restaurants clog the surrounding neighborhoods, but this gem is worth a stopover for its authentic mix of cuisines. Start in Vietnam with the mouthwatering pancake appetizer, loaded with plump shrimp and dunked in a fiery sauce, and crispy monkfish wrapped in lettuce leaves. Cardamom and anise lend unexpected depth to Malaysian-style seafood soup, while tender short ribs are bathed in a pumpkin Thai curry. The tapioca dessert erases all memory of Mom's mushy version, its sweet beads perfectly balanced with the smoky flavor of grilled bananas.
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