I generally stay in the vicinity of the Main Street District in downtown, but sometimes when the urge arises I venture to uptown - especially for some good Thai food. Finding Malai Thai Vietnamese Kitchen & Bar in West Village was completely random, but I couldn't ignore the blazing orange signage. So, I took a chance and was pleasantly surprised. It's definitely a twist on traditional, but I love their Shrimp Pad Thai and Mango Sticky Rice Smash. I've been back a couple of times and every time I am warmly greeted by the staff and with a free taste of sticky rice and eggplant dip. I love sitting on their patio, especially in the summer when they enclose it and make it cool and comfortable for the hot weather. This place has definitely helped subdue my cravings for that little place in Canyon.