During an economic bellyflop, wizened experts maintain the best way to survive is through pragmatic shrinkage, from companies slashing workforces, to bums downsizing from 40s to 32s. Shrinking food, Ronnarong Thai Tapas Bar.
In Ronnarong, the owner of Union Square's Great Thai Chef has deftly borrowed a page from the Spanish culinary playbook, serving classic Thai food on Iberian-size plates, while upgrading his 39-seat space from kind-of-dank to Trendy Thai Pottery Barn w/ a big indoor herb garden, bamboo floors, colorful Thai paintings, and imported hand-crafted menus adorned with elaborate elephant carvings. New menu deliciousness includes cucumber-sauce-slathered golden crowns filled w/ chicken and shrimp, shredded green papaya salad in a tangy sauce, and a spicy Thai soup w/ lemongrass, chilies, lime leaf, and galangal, a noted aphrodisiac, and considerably easier to obtain than powdered rhino penis. In addition to Asian beer, sake, and wine, they've just intro'd a selection of Thai-inspired cocktails using the spices grown in their indoor garden, including a Spanish-inflected Thai Sangria w/ rose, sake, ginger, lemongrass, and tropical fruits; the effeminate Thai Mosa (fresh guava, tamarind, sparkling wine); and the coconut, chili, ginger-concocted Sake Sunray -- fly too close to it, and your resistance to karaoke will instantaneously melt.
For those who prefer American girth re: plate size, Ronnarong has kept some regular-sized favorites (green curry duck, beef lime leaf, seafood typhoon, etc), an economy-be-damned hording of calories that will no doubt result in the pragmatic shrinking of your dating options.