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Previously, I recommended SkyIce as my go-to Thai lunch spot, and I now have another to recommend in Brooklyn: National. I’ve been visiting once a week for the past month. It’s a good lunch spot for dining in and taking out. The restaurant itself has friendly staff, quick service, and warm but modern decor. A lunch special is offered regardless for dine-in and take-out, and consists of a soup or salad plus choice of entree for $10. The portions are so generous that you can share.

To build your lunch special, I would recommend one of the soups: tom ka gai (chicken coconut soup) or tom yum koong (spicy shrimp soup). However, I would stay away from the summer rolls.

The entrees have been consistently delicious. I’ve enjoyed some of the different curries, but I’m also a creature of habit and love a great pad Thai, pad see yue, and pineapple fried rice — which National has in spades. I mentioned that National is generous in their portion sizes, and so I usually make my entrees veggie-only.

With fresh ingredients, a focus on balancing between sauces and the natural flavors of the ingredients, and a great menu, I’ve never had a bad experience here.

723 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217

Photo courtesy of National