I’m not trying to be trite or make light of a serious situation. I’m just legitimately baffled and sad and unsure what to say or do about basically everything.

For the purposes of this post I’m wondering if it’s currently acceptable to: A) Eat meals in restaurants; B) Order food from restaurants; and/or C) Write a blog encouraging others to go to a restaurant.

I have no f*cking idea about about A or B but I’ve decided to go ahead with C.

Bamboo Thai is a great restaurant serving solidly good Thai and other Asian cuisine. Also it’s in Melville and three blocks from my house. If there’s any restaurant that it’s still okay for me to go to, and blog about, Bamboo Thai is it.

Bamboo Thai, one of my favorite Asian restaurants
Bamboo Thai.
Inside Bamboo Thai
Inside Bamboo Thai.

Bamboo Thai is at the corner of 5th Street and 4th Avenue (next to Winner Winner), where the Dizzy Lizzy laundromat used to be. The menu is mostly Thai (pad Thai, green and yellow curry, massaman curry, etc.) but they also have sushi, dim sum, and poke bowls. My favorite dishes are the pad Thai and the salmon poke bowl.

Chicken pad thai.
Chicken pad thai.
Vegetarian spring rolls
Vegetarian spring rolls.
Stir-fry ginger with vegetables.

The atmosphere at Bamboo Thai is extremely pleasant, with giant windows opening onto the street, and the service is efficient, friendly, and attentive.

Bamboo Thai does not have a liquor license but guests are welcome to bring their own booze.

Staff at Bamboo Thai
Dorcas (left) and Jam, the server and owner/chef at Bamboo Thai.

There are about 100 corona-virus-related problems worrying me at the moment. Near the top of the list is concern for all the restaurants and other small businesses that are going to struggle to survive this crisis. So I, for one, am going to try to support Bamboo Thai as much as possible. I can walk there. I can use hand-sanitizer and order take-away and not touch anything except the delicious food.

Is it okay to continue supporting small businesses in our own neighborhoods? As long as we’re careful? I really hope so.

This post wasn’t supposed to be pandemic-related but oh well. Be safe out there.

Bamboo Thai is at the corner of 5th Street and 4th Avenue, Melville. Call 073-798-6745.

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