Husband and wife Robert and Metta Kaskel opened Thai Rock in 2010, and their seaside restaurant remains a highlight of the area. Soak up views of Jamaica Bay or get soaked renting water-sports equipment. Hit hard during Hurricane Sandy, the boisterous shanty has since bounced back, hosting a steady stream of live music performances and private celebrations. A proficient kitchen cooks up Northern Thai standards like heady khao soi curry noodle soup and fried tiger shrimp with ground chicken. Cocktails are unabashedly geared toward the spring-break set, best enjoyed on the deck surrounded by crunchy som tam papaya salads, larb, and spongy Thai sausage.
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on October 15, 2014