A smaller outpost of popular West Village Thai restaurant Pinto has opened on Seventh Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets, in the space last occupied by Thai restaurant Fueng Far.
Pinto Express is a very small space, with only a few seats, so their primary business will be in the form of takeout and delivery (they deliver down to Union Street, west to 4th Avenue, and up to 26th Street). The menu is very similar to that of the larger Manhattan location, which is located on Christopher between Bedford and Bleecker Streets (and is very well-reviewed on Yelp, with many loyal devotees). The reviews are beginning to come in for this place as well, and they are nothing short of stellar, with several claiming that it's up there with the neighborhood's best.
The noodles in particular seem to be a favorite, with several raving about the Pad Thai, which incorporates smoked tofu and also is available "crispy." The pumpkin curry, PCU noodle, and spicy basil lo mein also appear to be standouts. There's also a solid $8 lunch special. The whole menu can be found here.
Pinto Express, 447 7th Avenue Brooklyn NY 11215. 718-788-3610.