Bangkok Bistro is one of the few Schenectady restaurants that is open late for both food and drinks. Wed- Sat. until 2:00 am.
You don’t have to wait until late night to sample some of the best Thai food around. Open 7 days for lunch and dinner, Bangkok Bistro is located on the corner of State St. and Erie Blvd. Park on the street or in the city lot diagonally across Erie Blvd.
The foyer is all dark wood, exotic and mysterious. The bar is straight ahead. To the left and up 2 little steps is the rectangular dining room whose windows overlook Erie Blvd. The room has dark wood tables and deep burgundy carpeting. The best part of the room, in my opinion, is the murals on the walls. These are leftover from when this space was Nicolaus’ German Restaurant. 19th century cherubs and hunting scenes to look at while you’re munching on Thai food. Fabulous! The old tin ceiling tops it all off.
Bangkok Thai’s menu offers an extensive choice of both Thai food and sushi.
There are 18 appetizer choices ranging in price from $3.95 for Edamame or Potstickers to $6.95 for Tuna Tataki – lightly seared tuna with ponzu sauce.
I’ve had the hot Mussels ($4.95). They were plump, juicy, steamed New Zealand mussels topped with a zippy sauce made with garlic and ginger.
On a recent visit, The Old Man and I share the appetizer combo platter for 2 ($12.95).
It included 2 skewers of Chicken Satay (marinated, char-grilled chicken – very tasty and tender), 1 each of shrimp and vegetable spring rolls which were crispy and not greasy, a mound of crispy, tender fried calamari, 2 Thai Dollars (chicken patties mixed with Thai spices and lightly fried – sensational) and 2 Thai Ravioli (ground chicken mixed with Thai spices, stuffed in pasta dough and fried – great).
The platter came with several dipping sauces, plum, peanut and black soy sauce. It was a great way to try many items at once and if you were also getting entrees, 4 people could share this as an appetizer because the portions of each item were generous.
Soups ($4.95) include the popular Tom Yum Shrimp (Thai hot and sour) and Tom Kai Chicken (chicken, mushrooms, bell peppers, scallions, cilantro and galagal in coconut milk). My favorite Thai soup and Bangkok Thai’s is excellent.
For non-meat eaters they also serve vegetable and miso soups.
Salads are ($3.95) for a simple ginger salad of lettuce, sesame seeds with ginger dressing to ($5.95) for Spicy crab with cucumber, scallions, smelt roe and sesame seeds.
There are dozens of entrée selections which range from ($7.95-$10.95) for lunch to ($8.95-$19.95) for dinner. Some entrees are only available at dinner.
The menu states that all entrees can be made vegetarian although how they would make Bistro Duck ($19.95) vegetarian is beyond me.
Pad Thai ($12.95), Thailand’s most popular and traditional dish shares the menu with some dishes that have a more local twist.
I wonder what the Schenectady Stir Fry ($14.95)-chicken and beef, garlic, onion, baby corn, carrots, snow peas, cabbage and mixed veggies in a spicy brown sauce or
Proctor’s Teriyaki($14.95)-chicken and beef cooked in teriyaki sauce with baby corn, mushrooms, onions, scallions and sesame seeds would be called in Thailand? Here we’ll call them delicious.
My favorite entrée is the Green Sea ($19.95). A combo of shrimp, squid, New Zealand mussels and scallops in a slow cooked green curry sauce with green beans, peas, bell peppers, bamboo shoots served over noodles. Spicy and to die for. There is so much seafood in this dish and all cooked perfectly.
Bangkok Bistro offers 6 different kinds of curries which range from mild – Red, Yellow, Panang and Masaman to spicy – Basil and Green.
Entrees are ($9.95-$14.95) and can be made with vegetarian, tofu, chicken, beef, pork, shrimp, scallops or duck or a combo for a small surcharge.
Feel like sushi? Bangkok Bistro has over 40 different sushi rolls. Many traditional, some fanciful and Schenectady themed. There are even 15 offering on the Sushi 101 for Beginners menu that are cooked for those squeamish about eating raw fish.
Since Bangkok Bistro is open late, there are also many specialty cocktails and both foreign and domestic beers available.
For something non-alcoholic, try the Thai Iced Tea – jasmine tea with coconut milk. Refreshing and just a hint of sweetness.
For terrific Thai food and late night dining and drinks visit:
Bangkok Bistro: 268 State Street, Schenectady 518-374-3048
Open: Mon – Tue 11:00 am – 10:00 pm
Wed – Fri 11:00 am – 2:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm – 2:00 am
Sun 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm