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Short of going to Queens... is there any decent Thai in Manhattan? (Please don't say Peep or Lemon Grass)

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  1. Pam's and Pongsri.

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    1. re: devil

      I second Pongsri. I took a Thai cooking class in the City and the instructor recommended Pongsri.

      1. re: nodiane

        Pongsri in Chinatown is awesome - but I've found the restaurants inconsistent between their multiple locations. Pongsri has hands-down the best and most authentic noodle soups (served in metal bowls) that I've ever tasted in NYC - be it the shredded chicken or the beef-ball versions.

    2. Klong on St. Marks is good.

      1. Stay away from Planet thai on N 7 in Willamsburg. Food is great but the service kill's it.

        1. thai angel has a branch in queens and one in manhattan I think too. check that out. the food is very good

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          1. re: cassbro

            I must disagree -- I found Thai Angel on Grand St. in Manhattan to be very bland even though I asked for it spicy. Same old heavily Americanized Thai food. At least at lunchtime when I went anyway.

            Best Thai in Manhattan is Wondee Siam on the *east* side of 9th Ave. in the lower 50s, I think between 52nd and 53rd. No atmosphere, but who needs it? I think this is the least Americanized Thai in Manhattan.

            I don't get why Pam Real Thai (404 W. 49th St. near 9th Ave.) has been praised so much, but it's been a few years and I only tried it once or twice, so maybe I should go back and give it another shot.

            But really, nothing compares to Sripraphai. It's worth the trek to Queens. It's not that far out, really. If you haven't been, then you don't understand. Before I went, I thought all the regular Thai places were great, but then I realized I'd been eating Americanized food. Thai food is like chocolate (or unmentionable R-rated things): Even when it's bad, it's still kinda good.

          2. i don't have a recommendations but stay away from lemongrass grill.
            ew

            1. Watana on Seventh Ave in Park Slope demonstrates an unusually attentive chef: you can expect simple, canonical, but expertly prepared Am-Thai, with occasional surprises (esp. in the appetizers) and a charming, quiet atmosphere. Also, BYOB for the present.

              1. i agree re LemonGrass... consistently BAD

                1. Yeah lemongrass has gone downhill. Last time I got delivery, half of it went to the garbage. I've been ordering from Holy Basil ever since. I'm hooked on their Garlic Chicken and the duck spring rolls are to die for! Nice place to bring a date too

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                  1. re: franprix

                    I thought Lemongrass started at the bottom of the hill. But I also think Holy Basil is pretty bad. I liked Pam Encore the one time I went, and I've been meaning to try Wondee.

                    In general, Thai food in NY is like Chinese -- 80% sucks and 15% is mediocre, with the other 5% ranging from good to excellent (official statistics off the top of my head).

                    http://petercherches.blogspot.com

                  2. wondee

                    1. I think ispice on University and 10th street is amazing. Their red curry is really really good!!

                      1. HOLY BASIL! 2nd and 12th. Get the mango ribs. Great wines, perfect presentation, very cozy and phenominal quality thai. Have some peanuts at the bar too...
                        Otherwise Tara Thai on 1st b/w St Marks and 9th. Cheaper but still very good.

                        1. Holy Basil on 2nd Ave-- Yummo!

                          1. The Fake Orchid on 9th btwn 1st and A. DELICIOUS...plus, it's BYOB!

                            1. The curry at Luscious Thai on 60th and 1st is truly luscious.

                              1. Fake Orchid on East 9th Street is good; reminds me of something someone's Thai mom would make - the ladies are very sweet. They don't have delivery though.

                                Have to put my vote in for a new place Thailand Cafe. Now mind you it replaced an old very mediocre place of the same name, but its entirely new management and the food is great! Closet to being in Thailand Thai food I've had rather than americanized Thai food. It's on 2nd Avenue btwn 5th and 6th Street.

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                                1. re: chloe.speaks

                                  I went to Thailand Cafe on Election Night. I asked them for spicy and Thai-style, not sweet for Americans. They obliged. I thought the result was OK. Best in New York? Nope. Maybe I should try Fake Orchid, though.