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Best Thai restaurants

Mango duck is on the menu at the

(Credit: Jennifer S. Altman)

The flavors of Thailand are multi-layered and complex, subtle yet assertive. We give you our favorite spots to sample Thai cuisine, both mild and mouth-tingling. --Compiled by Peter M. Gianotti and Joan Reminick

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Frankly Thai restaurant's shrimp pad Thai. (June 4,

    Frankly Thai $$ | Thai, Restaurant, Vegetarian 959 Hempstead Tpke. Franklin Square The chef's skill shows in an appetizer called "golden bags," spiced ground chicken wrapped in dough and fried to a greaseless crunch, and continues with a light, fresh pad Thai and feisty mango shrimp curry.

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    Mango duck is on the menu at the

    Lemon Leaf Thai Restaurant $$ | Thai 197 Mineola Blvd Mineola Discover contentment in such dishes as pad see-yu (a melange of broad rice noodles, broccoli, beef and eggs) and mango duck, a visual knockout in shades of orange and green and with a savory depth.

  • Critic rating 2.5
    Penang salmon at Phayathai is a thick, perfectly

    Phayathai $$ | Thai 735 Hawkins Ave. Lake Ronkonkoma Delectable choices abound, from chef-owner Veerawat Satsri's subtle tom yum goong, the classic Thai shrimp hot and sour soup, on through the Penang salmon, a thick, perfectly seared fillet plated over spinach and topped with chopped shrimp and a coconut curry sauce.

  • User rating 3
  • User rating 3
    Squid, shrimp and scallops are prepared with chili

    Siam Lotus Thai $$$ | Thai, Restaurant, Vegetarian 1664 Union Blvd Bay Shore A long-standing local favorite, Siam Lotus beautifully layers flavors in its shrimp hot and sour soup. A duck salad is rife with nuances, as is a saute of squid, shrimp and scallops with chili sauce, vegetables and basil.

  • Critic rating 2.5
  • Critic rating 2.5
  • User rating 3