ELMHURST — A new cafe specializing in Thai appetizers and desserts is opening this week in the neighborhood's bustling Thai community.
Khao Nom will open Thursday at 76-20 Woodside Ave., next to Khao Kang, its sister restaurant known for a rotating menu of authentic Thai food served behind its lunch counter.
The cafe borrows from that idea and will serve around 10 varying desserts and appetizers diners can select a la carte, according to co-owner Jackie Sarapaivanit.
She and the other partners spent around 10 months renovating the space, a former massage parlor that was closed after a sting operation by the NYPD in 2016.
Chefs will cook up noodle dishes, crabmeat cakes and curry puffs, along with desserts like Thai-style waffles with egg yolk and fresh young coconut.
There will be coffee drinks and specialty Thai beverages, along with homemade ice cream, with flavors like Thai iced tea, taro and coconut.
Although the block known as "Thai Town" and "Little Bangkok" is filled with Thai restaurants, Khao Nom — which means "dessert" — will hopefully bring more authentic Thai desserts to the dining scene.
"We don't have fresh Thai desserts, and we want people to know about Thai desserts," she said as she and other owners put the final touches on their bright and airy cafe. "And for Thai people, they want to know where they can get fresh desserts."
Khao Nom will celebrate with a grand opening party Thursday at 11 a.m., but regular hours will be 9 a.m. until 10 p.m., owners said.