We mean that literally.
Welcome to Teak Wood, a new Thai palace of red curry and sushi expected to soft-open this weekend on 14th Street.
We know what you’re thinking: the last thing 14th Street needs is another Thai spot. But stay with us. This place is a veritable checklist of first-date necessities.
Start out with the two-sided bar cut from a huge slab of teak, where you can grab a couple of Singhas or Sapporos. Throw in some waterfalls made from tree trunks and rows of rustic teak tables, packed in tight, to give that sought-after feel of a house party at a Buddhist monk’s place.
Second, your culinary options abound. If your date is a spice freak, sit down to shareable platters of Crispy Boneless Duck with Sweet Basil and Pad Eggplant in Black Bean Sauce. If she had her heart set on fish and rice, take up at the sushi bar, where a veteran of Cafe Asia turns out flying fish roe nigiri and house rolls with crunchy eel and scallop.
Finally, there are plenty of conversation pieces, like the Buddha in front (looking a bit more svelte than usual) and other statues carved from, yes, teak. For instance, the traditional Thai guardian angels.
Thus making your panang fix a religious experience.