From the team behind Soho’s Lan Lab Chiangmai, Chiangmai Diner should be one of your go-to spots for a casual group meal in Bushwick. The space looks like a florist crossed with an indoor street market, and it’s bigger than it seems. In addition to a dining room with a long bar up front, there’s an area in the back where you can sit at a picnic table under a canopy of paper lanterns. On the menu, you’ll find everything from jungle curry to crab rangoon, but this place specializes in Northern Thai food, so that’s where you should start. Try the herb-packed sai oua and rich, tangy gaeng hung lay that comes with a big slow-cooked short rib.
photo credit: Chiangmai Diner