Arharn Thai

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Photograph: Sean Ellingson
Here’s one for your short list of local (or worth-the-trip) Thai eateries. Arharn is Thai for “food,” and the dishes are as uncomplicated as the name. Ingredients are sliced, diced, wokked, tossed and sauced with rugged confidence. Chicken-coconut soup is thick and meaty, but be prepared: If you ask for it hot, you’ll get it fiery. Crunchy fried chunks of meat are drenched in a gingery lime bath for duck salad. Soft-shell crabs, when available, are sautéed in garlic; complement them with a noodle or curry dish. For dessert, try the lychee or durian ice cream.
Venue name: Arharn Thai
Address: 32-05 36th Ave
Cross street: between 32nd and 33rd Sts
Opening hours: Mon–Thu, Sun 11am–11pm; Fri, Sat 11am–midnight
Transport: Subway: N to 36th Ave
Price: Average main course: $10. AmEx, MC, V
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