By Joe Meny
Opened in 2008, Yum Yum Too is restaurant #4 in the Yum Yum family of restaurants found along 9th Ave. in NYC’s Hell’s Kitchen. Family-owned and operated (with some help from some very good friends), Yum Yum Too invites you inside with its small, cozy, and slightly exotic atmosphere. We delighted in their unique decor, which included their over-the-bar lighting made from inverted glasses ( a ‘wink’ goes out to local Thai designer Annie!). At Yum Yum Too the food (and their guests) is always the focus. Stop in on any night, and you’ll be sure to run in to a member of the ‘family’.
At Yum Yum Too you can beat the summer heat with not one, but two Happy Hours: from 12 noon – 6:30pm, and again from 10pm to midnight. When you order any cocktail priced $8 or more, receive your choice of a free appetizer: Spring roll, Thai dumpling, or Endamame. Offering four new Summer cocktails: Lychee or Mango Martinis, Jungle Fever, Lychee Mojito, and (our personal favorite) Sexy Asian Bartender, or S.A.B., Yum Yum Too does its part to make your hour(s) very ‘happy’ ones! And be assured, you can even experience Thai with your choice of either Singha or Chang beer, both with a refreshing Thai taste!
Yum Yum Too’s menu offers this notable summer addition: a delectable Red Snapper with Mango Salad. Lightly crunchy, yet moist and full of flavor, this dish has already become one of Yum Yum’s most requested main dishes. It’s a deep-fried fillet where all the ‘meat’ is removed and then the fish is wrapped around it, with Bok Choy, Thai Chili sauce and red pepper.
First time guest, or a regular, Yum-Yum’s Manager and co-owner Nira, highly recommends the following choices for your Thai dining pleasure: For your appetizer, there’s the Bangkok Shrimp Cocktail surrounded by Mango Asian pears and apples with a small salad on the side. Treat your palate with the Chef’s special sauce – a little spicy, with a nice kick of flavor. Another favorite is the Duck Roll appetizer, a light and crispy ‘paratha’ (similar in texture to puff dough, or tortilla) and filled with scallion, carrot, crispy duck, and cucumber. This appetizer is a delicious combination of exotic flavors providing a unique sensation of actually tasting all the ingredients at once. Another favorite is the Coconut Shrimp; a tropical treat that’s both sweet and tender.
Moving to the main course brings us to the traditional Shrimp Pad Thai (it’s the most traditional!), or the Chicken with Basil Sauce. If you’ve heard Thai food is spicy, don’t be concerned. The chef will prepare your meal to your specifications.
Ask for the “specialty of the house”, and you’ll be tasting Salmon with Green Curry Sauce. This is a generous proportion of tender Atlantic Salmon, surrounded by broccoli, string beans, peas, basil, red and green bell peppers, and yellow zucchini. Now you know why they call it the “specialty” Absolutely delicious!
Your meal wouldn’t be complete without tasting Yum Yum Too’s Creme Brulee featuring these three exotic and palatecleansing flavors: Thai Tea, Vanilla Ginger, and Pandara’s Leaf. In one delicious finale, you’ll experience Thai variety, taste, and visual pleasure.
When asked who she would like to have come experience the unique culinary specialities of Yum Yum Too, Nira was quick to respond, “President Obama and Mayor Bloomberg”. So, Mr. President or Mayor Mike, if you’re reading this issue of Asian Fusion, here’s an open invitation to come taste some of the best Thai food in New York City at Yum Yum Too!
Yum Yum Too
662 9th Avenue (@46th Street) NY NY