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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

What to Have for Lunch: Crying Tiger Salad at Baan Thai

Posted By on Wed, May 12, 2010 at 7:30 AM

Crying Tiger Salad, medium spicy ($9). - TOMA W./YELP
  • Toma W./Yelp
  • Crying Tiger Salad, medium spicy ($9).

Irving Street's month-old Baan Thai is decorated with the same high drama as the Osha chain: black tables and napkins, dark walls, Lady Gaga on the stereo, backlit shelves glowing through dozens of wine bottles. Eating lunch here can feel like spotting a soap-opera star in full makeup at the drug store ― you want to turn off the sun and light a few candles to see her at her best. But Baan's crying tiger salad is a dish that works both day and night, tossed with enough cucumbers, onions, and fresh herbs to convince you their vegetable crunch offsets a half-pound of grilled beef. And if you notice that it's spiked with so much lime, garlic, and chile that a glass of chilled Pinot Grigio is warranted, no one will see you through the windows.

Baan Thai House and Wine Bar 534 Irving (at Sixth Ave.), 379-4505.

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