Tuk Tuk Boy Thai Opens Two More Carts on Park Ave.
The Tuk Tuk Boy team has certainly been busy over the summer. Not only have they improved their pad thai at their original location, but they’ve expanded Eastward, opening not one, but two new carts along Park Ave. Not only that, I re-sampled their dishes and am happy to report that they’ve made significant strides in improving the overall taste and quality of their food.
On 48th and Park, they’ve opened a cart which is dubbed “Muay Thai Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy”, featuring an unmistakable graphic of a Muay Thai fighter in action on the side. The menu seems to be similar to the original cart, featuring pad thai’s in various flavors, satay, and dumplings.
A few blocks north, they’ve opened a cart called “Island Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy” on the South East corner of 53rd and Park. I spoke to the cart operator and confirmed that they’re affiliated with the original Tuk Tuk boy. I also confirmed that they’ll be open every weekday, although they seemed to be missing in action on Mondays – the days that Big D’s grub parks at that corner.
I’d recommend the chicken satay ($5) with confidence. For your Abraham Lincoln, you get five well spiced and thoroughly tender morsels of chicken threaded onto skewers. Included is a side of peanut based sauce underscored with hints of tamarind and plenty of sugar.
Almost all of the issues that I had with their pad thai during my first encounter seemed to have been resolved. The rice noodles are cooked to order and served piping hot. Whereas the first go-around, the noodles were dry as all get out, this time they were luscious, although a mite greasy. Most of my prior issues with flavor, or lack thereof, were also been fixed. Instead, it’s satisfyingly seasoned with garlic and salt, and packs a wallop of fish sauce – certainly not for the faint of heart. But best of all, they pile on the poultry, with plenty of well cooked and well seasoned strips of white meat chicken. It may not be my favorite version of the dish in Midtown, but its a commendable effort, especially for the price and the fact that its slung from a cart.
Tuk Tuk Boy, 50th btw. 6+7th
Muay Thai Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy, 48th & Park
Island Thai Street Food by Tuk Tuk Boy, SE Corner of 53rd & Park