If you’re seeking refuge from the wave of glammy Thai spots to hit Williamsburg in recent years, head north, to where the only frills are the local artwork on otherwise bare green walls. All the brilliance here goes into the food: A pair of golden, crisp crab cakes are first good, then great when dunked in rich, coconutty peanut sauce. Basil chicken, ordered medium spiced, is quite hot; shrimp with asparagus is scattered with nicely crunchy cashews. So much spice begs for a light finish: Try the tasty, if un-Thai, chocolate mousse.
|Venue name:||Amarin Cafe||Contact:|
617 Manhattan Ave
|Cross street:||between Driggs and Nassau Aves|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–10:30pm; Fri, Sat 11am–11pm|
|Transport:||Subway: G to Nassau Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $7. Cash only|