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With the arrival of Vong’s, the long wait for a Thai restaurant in Pittsfield is officially over, and its owner, restaurateur Jae Chung, has definitely hit the sweet spot. While his eponymous Jae’s Asian Bistro in Lenox (which will soon be moving to Pittsfield, as well) is an eclectic mix of Pan-Asian cuisines, Vong’s is primarily Thai with a sprinkling of Vietnamese dishes. A full cocktail menu of 20 Thai-inspired libations ($9-$10) includes a Blue Thai mojito Thai-style bourbon. (And yes, there is a scorpion bowl.) In addition to a large assortment of appetizers ($5.95-$14.95), the specialty of the house is Vong’s Wing, ($8.95) a deep-fried chicken wing stuffed with glass noodles and vegetables, served with a sweet chili sauce. The Panang Curry with shrimp ($13.95) presents a contrast of vibrant red and green peppers, verdant string beans, and bright carrots against the white plate with vegetables and shrimp floated in the fiery curry sauce. There’s a large assortment of entrees featuring seafood, noodles, fried rice, curries, vegetarian options, house specialties and a back page for Vietnamese dishes, starting at $12.95 and topping out at $15.95 with Vong’s Duck. The pho, Dac Biet Xe Lua ($13.95) is a mix of steak, beef, meatball, brisket, flank, tendon, shrimp and rice noodles floated in a huge bowl of rich, savory broth.
157 Seymour St., Pittsfield, MA
Open daily 11:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m.