On Saturday night, my roommates and I decided to hit up a new Thai place in the neighborhood – Osha. Â The two things that attracted us to Osha was the fact that it was new and it was BYOB. Â With a couple of bottles of wine in hand, we arrived at Osha and unfortunately found ourselves waiting for 30 minutes. Â While we were on the fence whether or not to stay and wait, everyone walking out of the restaurant commented on how great the food was. Â One guy in particular actually walked out of the restaurant, looked at us and yelled “Excellent! Â I’ve been here three times in one week!”
Based on a recommendation from our new friend outside, we decided to start with the spare ribs. Â These however tasted more like short ribs and had a delicious ginger and pepper taste. Â They were also falling off the bone. Â We also went with the calamari (I know, that’s shocking coming from me) and I have to say, while the sweet chili sauce was good, it wasn’t my favorite. Â I prefer my calamari to not have as much breading.
On to the main course – I’ll let you guess what I went with. Â Yup, chicken pad thai. Â I enjoyed the pad thai, it had the perfect amount of tofu and went super easy on the egg. Â It could have been a little bit more peanuty for me. Â The other dishes at my table were great. Â One of my roommates got the Duck Noodle, and while the dish was more on the soupy side, I found the duck to be wonderful. Â My other roommate went with the Drunken Noodle, or the Kea Moa (pronounced Key MEOW, unlike Al’s butchered pronunciationÂ ”key mow ah”). Â This was the best Kea Moa I’ve ever had – it was just the perfect level of spice for me and had a great combination of flavors. Â Next time I’m at Osha, I’m going with the Kea Moa. Â I’d also be interested in trying the shrimp rolls for an appetizer since my friend outside mentioned they were excellent.
Overall, great time at Osha. Â Servers were friendly, the decor was funky (we loved the hanging photo frames without any pictures in them), the food was good and the price was cheap – only cost me $15 for dinner, apps, tax and tip. Â I’ll be back.The Basics Name: Osha Location: 1711 2nd Ave (between 88th and 89th) Who to bring: Friends, Date Price: $$ Cheap Overall: Not the best Thai of all time, but certainly a new fave. 4 stars.