When we arrived on Saturday and walked along Broadway for a place to have a late dinner after settling at our Airbnb apartment, we saw the cute exterior of Pye Boat Noodle, but ended up at Mokja (our visit here) for a safe choice.
Thankfully, we didn’t dismiss Pye Boat Noodle as we had dinner there the next day with Betty’s friend, Victoria whom is a resident of Queens, NY.
It’s hard to miss the unique front entrance compared to other front facades in the neighbourhood — the wood shutter doors and the Tiffany-blue and white exterior. You would not know it is a Thai restaurant until you step inside.
You’re greeted in Thai and looks like you’ve stepped into Thailand. My favourite Thai restaurant is Pai in Toronto (my visit here), but there’s just something about Pye Boat Noodle that brings the food down to earth; just simple, hawker-style food.
We ordered some fried quail eggs from their special menu, don’t remember what it was called. It was a simple appetizer with salt and ground pepper.
Both Victoria and Betty ordered Pad Thai with beef.
I ordered the Ba Mee Moo Dang Hang (our server said it so fast, I was in awe lol) with egg noodles, roasted pork and crab meat. It is mostly a dry noodle dish with a little bit of chicken broth at the bottom, so best to mix everything together before eating. The broth is slightly garlicky, but also a mixture of sweet, sour and salty. I can tell they used fish sauce in the broth, if you’re not familiar with or not fond of fish sauce, you might not like this, or find it unusual. However, I grew up with nước mắm (Vietnamese dipping sauce typically made with fish sauce, vinegar or lime juice, sugar and water) and the broth in this noodle is quite similar.
Pye Boat Noodle is likely one of my new favourite Thai restaurant, it’s too bad that it’s in New York.
Pye Boat Noodle
Astoria, NY 11106