After a long stressful work week, sometimes the best way to relax is with a serene view of the ocean as you guzzle down a pint at the bar and listen to some live music. This is a scene that Thai Rock bartender Mark Flynn is all too familiar with.
Thai Rock, located in Far Rockaway, is a Thai restaurant that specializes in South Asian cuisine. From Pad Thai to Pad Kee Maow, the selection is just as wide as the Atlantic Ocean.
For fans of nights out drinking, this restaurant’s main attraction is the deck by the water. With a fully stocked bar, a television and numerous tables to sit at, the spot is ideal for a meetup with friends and discovering new artists that swing by to play their latest.
Flynn, who has been a bartender for just about a year, is actually transitioning into the role. He spent five years as a waiter at Thai Rock and says he enjoys the role of serving drinks.
“Waiting tables, you pick up a lot of the same people skills,” Flynn said. “The ability to sort of juggle things and multitask. But as a bartender I have a lot more freedom of expression. It’s less strenuous.”
When it comes to drinks, Flynn says that he doesn’t like to recommend based on his own tastes but rather the patron’s preference.
“When people ask ‘what’s your signature drink?’ or ‘what’s the best drink you have here?’ I usually judo it back to them and ask them ‘what kind of flavors do you like? Do you like light beer, dark beer, an IPA, a pilsner a lager?’”
Flynn said that the most popular drinks as of late are Lychee margaritas and the light Belgian style wheat beer Ommegang Witte.
“Pad Kee Maow goes really well with the Ommegang,” Flynn said. “It’s a pretty great and filling combination.”
They even have something for people looking for more class in their alcohol consumption. Traditional parings are available for patrons and can make for a great night out over the ocean with that special someone.
“We have a really great Pinot noir by Bistra,” he said. “It’s a French wine that I would recommend with one of our signature dishes called the Crying Tiger. So I guess in terms of traditional pairing, a nice red wine with a good piece of steak, that’s what I could easily recommend to almost anyone.”