Sookk It Up! Hank Freid Gets A Taste of Bangkok

Hotelier Hank Freid can’t live on Starbucks alone.

So he’s installing a new Thai restaurant at his refurbished Marrakech Hotel at Broadway and 103rd Street.

Mr. Freid has enlisted the proprietors of pad-thai palaces Klong in East Village and Room Service in Chelsea to open a new 1,200-square-foot eatery called Sookk.

Meaning “happiness” in Thai, Sookk will specialize in cuisine inspired by the Yaowarat District, which is Bangkok’s version of Chinatown, according to a press release.

“Sookk is in keeping with the unique and eclectic quality that the hotel is known for,” Mr. Freid said in a statement.