If we didn’t know any better, we’d swear there was an underground tunnel leading directly to this wonderful restaurant from The Normandy. Twenty-somethings crowd this nicely adorned Thai restaurant like seagulls to a trash dump. Maybe it’s because the place is actually pleasantly lit, the decor tasteful and the food inexpensive and abundant. At any given time there have to be at least seven first dates going on, all enjoying the delicious Pad Thai and Pad See Yew (if not the conversation). Go early, go often and don’t be surprised if there’s a wait any night of the week. [MF]

1619 2nd Ave.