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Love can make you do strange things. Take Eddy Lin, who has a successful eatery in Sacramento, California. A simple trip back east to visit his aunt in Bay Ridge led to a new restaurant, myThai, on Third Avenue.

“I love this place,” says Lin, of his new culinary home. “There’s so many activities here. So many opportunit­ies.”

Lin quickly found a spot (the former Les Babouches), started renovations and hired Bo Liang, a California-based chef who, according to Lin, “knows more than 300 dishes.”

The pan-Asian menu features traditional Thai curries, satays and papaya salads as well as dishes “that are unique to our restaurant,” says Lin. Among them are deep-fried Malaysian short ribs marinated in black bean sauce, garlic and coriander, and served with a side of sweet and sour sauce. Smoked sea bass (pictured) is steeped in curry and tomatoes before steaming. (The sea bass, which Lin considers to be his signature dish, is specially priced at $20 through the end of February.)

The colorful 30-seat spot, which is expected to expand in warmer months with 20 more seats on the sidewalk, is dimly lit, with music aimed at a “younger crowd in their 20s and 30s who want to have a good time,” Lin says.

To that end, there’s a full bar and a wine list of international bottles.

myThai (7803 Third Ave. at 78th Street in Bay Ridge) accepts MasterCard and Visa. Entrees: $11–$18. The restaurant serves dinner from 4 pm to midnight daily. Subway: R to 77th Street. For information, call (718) 833-1700.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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