I’d been excited to try Pye Boat Noodle on Broadway in Astoria ever since I glimpsed its cheerful turquoise blue and white exterior, enlivening Broadway. That excitement tripled when I read We Heart Astoria’s preview of some of the menu’s offerings, including the eponymous Boat Noodle soup.
Yesterday Pye Boat Noodle had a soft opening, and when I happened to walk by today and notice it open, I ducked inside to check it out. Unfortunately, I had just eaten a rather sizeable lunch, so I only ordered a small snack, the Taro Rolls (3 rolls for $4.50, vegetarian). The rolls, which were fried perfectly and stuffed with cabbage, vermicelli, and fleshy, julienned strips of fresh taro, were absolutely delicious.
Pye Boat Noodle was pretty busy with Astorians like me who saw the place open and decided to try it out. I noticed a lot of folks asking what was good, and the incredibly friendly staff was directing them toward the restaurant’s signature dish, the Boat Noodles. The noodles are served with either beef or pork, and both have soy and anise added to the meat broth.
I washed my Taro Rolls down with a bottle of Singha, Thailand’s most popular beer, but spotted 3 taps waiting to be hooked up that will eventually hold Singha on tap and two other beers to be determined. They hope to have these taps up and running by May 29th which will be Pye Boat Noodle’s official Grand Opening Day if all goes according to plan.
A quick word on the decor which is, in a word, lovely. Spacious, beautifully designed and high celinged with wide open front and back windows that make Pye Boat Noodle an ideal warm-weather dining destination. The appeal will only increase when their beautiful outdoor garden opens in a few weeks. They also have a bar with about 8 to 10 seats for those, like me, who prefer bar seating to tables.
Pye Boat Noodle will continue to be in a soft opening phase until May 20th, but it already has a great deal to reccomend it. Stop by and welcome them to Astoria!