Southern Brooklyn

Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine On Emmons Avenue Closed!



There’s only one way a reporter of my integrity and standards knows how to report on the closure of Siam Orchid Thai Cuisine at 2259 Emmons Avenue:


Sure, it’s not like they were the best Thai food in the world. But they were pretty much the only Thai restaurant in the area for what seemed like forever. Now we have Thai Basil on Nostrand Avenue, which is a solid takeout option, but we’ll miss Orchid’s waterfront views and fish tank full of giant, ugly fish.

China Max next door closed down in November. Attempts to reach the property owner were unsuccessful, so we can’t say for sure that Siam is closed for good. But it did not appear to be renovating, and there was no sign for customers.

ลาก่อน, my Thai friends. And good luck.

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  1. The real estate people are out pricing everyone out of Kings Highway and the Bay. Brooklyn will soon by Waldgreens only

  2. “But they were pretty much the only Thai restaurant in the area for what seemed like forever.”

    There was another Thai place on the corner of Ave. U & East 23rd where Grandpa Pizza Cafe is now like 6-7 years ago, didn’t last too long though.

  3. I used To eat there very often, I loved the fried dumplings,& many of those tasty dishes. What has happened to our neighborhood, No fast food, No bakery, No Luncheonettes, No sit down Chinese, No Delis, & now No Thai.

  4. Doobie – where you been?

    Fast food – McDonald’s, Burger King, Papa Johns, Popeye’s, Domino’s, Dunkin Doughnuts etc.

    Bakery? T&D and Vito’s both on Avenue U – not to mention all the Chinese bakeries scattered throughout the neighborhood

    Luncheonettes? There is a Russian place on Nostrand that I hear only good things about.. And there’s the doughnut shop on U – not really a luncheonette – but more like an old fashioned coffee shop.

    Delis? Been to Bassett’s lately? Jay and Lloyds? All the Eastern European delis that line the streets?

    Sit down Chinese? Chopstix is one of the best in the city – Ming’s Palace on U- very old school but good

    No Thai? – well the Thai here always sucked. I sure ain’t going to miss Siam Orchid. Or even Thai Basil. Go Vietnamese and try either of the two Vietnamese places on U.

    The neighborhood still has some great food choices, but not enough variety.

  5. I walked into Mings last year after decades of trying the Chinese Take Out kitchens that mainly specialize in cornstarch thickened sauces. I cant believe how much better Mings is and their Special Combo Take Out only for 9.95 is addictive. I endorse Ming’s Palace on Avenue U near Ocean Avenue.

  6. When I first came to this land, I was not a wealthy man, but there was a modest luncheonette on Ave U and E 28 Street that was a great place to eat. Alas, I think it is now either the Veternarian or the Appliance Store. A loss from many years ago.

  7. The real estate comments were accurrate. The lease renewal process in NYC is one side all Landlord weighted. More banks, drug stores, chains, too bad we need commerical lease renewal reform to stablize the loss of mom and pops city wide. Pass the Small Business Jobs Survival Act >

  8. My computer burned out & it took a while to get a new one .And with cold weather I`ve been doing mucho taping. I`ve taped all the # 1songs from 1955 thru 1973 except for 3 that I never want to here again the 3 are Hello Muddah, Pepino the Italian Mouse & The Ballad Of the Green Berets. next are the # 2`s & 3s etc. It keeps me busy

  9. What luncheonette Nostrand Avenue? What is it between, because the if you talking about the one Ave Z is owned my Greeks. I know the owners very well

  10. Thai Basil is pretty good! Of course, it’s more like a fast food version of Thai – but nonetheless, there’s still some authenticity to Thai cooking in there somewhere.

  11. I would be hesitant to seek help from politicians in regards to obtaining ‘fair, lease renewal reform.’ Half the reason why prices are so high stems from government involvement. Zany tax codes, restaurant grading penalties, subsidies and political favors to special interests, outdated zoning policies. I could go on forever about the negative impact our political leaders have upon us.

    As a commercial real estate agent, I can understand why some would blame the real estate community. And specializing in South Brooklyn, I can vouch that there are a few interesting characters out here who might need to re-read NYS Real Estate Laws before doing another deal in this town (Brighton Beach Rd, for example).

    I’ve come across many owners who treat their tenants great, however. Their storefronts are actually under market value because of their loyalty to the neighborhood and to the tenants. With taxes increasing substantially every year, it gets harder for landlords to break even or make a profit, and this contributes to part of the problem. Shouldn’t everyone in business strive to make a profit?

    I’ve also come across even more owners who should not accept many of these tenants into their space. The tenant has no line of credit, only a wad of bank-stained cash at hand (sarcasm). There are no ‘Good Guy’ guarantee clauses in the lease. Many owners don’t have a clue how to structure their lease properly to protect themselves when a tenant folds. Or worse, the tenant stays put in their space for months, years, without paying rent.

    The problems facing South Brooklyn are not new, and everyone has a little blame to swallow. It’s old vs. young, race vs. race, state vs. city vs. community, poor vs. the affluent. Each one of us needs to figure out a way to get fit as a whole, because it truly is survival of the fittest.

    The next Thai place that opens in the area should have such amazing food that it forces people from Harlem to Jersey to take a peek. It’s going to take the entire community for that to happen.


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