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Jul 18, 2006 11:10 PM

Best Thai in Manhattan?


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  1. Jeeb on Orchard Street. They have a lot of selections that I was surprised to see when I was in Chiang Mai in November.

    Also try Pukk in the East Village. It's vegan but it very, very good. I am not vegan but I love it.

    Of course, the best NYC Thai places are in Queens: Sripraphai in Woodside and Zabb (Northern Thai food) on Roosevelt Avenue. I haven't tried Khao Homm on 61st Street (a few blocks away from both Sripraphai and Zabb) but some people say that Thai people also eat there and that it can be more authentic.

    1. i agree re: Jeeb, but you really need to tell them that you want it spicy and authentic: unlike most places, Jeeb *will* comply with your wishes (but without stressing this, the food can be just so-so)...

      And, i heartily agree that the only real option is to head to Woodside...(there are many vitriolic threads on this subject which you'll find if you do a search)...

      1. Perhaps a bit out of your way, but Jasmine on the Upper East Side (84th/2nd) is reasonably priced and I've never had a bad meal there. Plus, if conversation is slow, their music (Elvis one night, Lionel Richie another) is seemingly unplanned and undeniably noteworthy.

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        1. re: peggyshortsleeve

          I have been to Jasmine once and found the food to be rather unauthentic and mediocre. I have never given it another shot, so it may have been an off night.

          1. re: johns72604

            Jasmine is indeed unauthentic and mediocre. It's ok for delivery or takeout but as a destination restaurant, no way. Even the similarly mediocre Sala Thai is slightly better IMO.

        2. I think the best Thai in Manhattan is Pam's Real Thai or Pongsri.

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          1. re: devil

            I really like Pongsri as well - the branch on West 48th. I've had many every good meals there and had no problem geting things spiced properly. Not every dish is blazing hot - that isn't the only measure of a good Thai restaurant.

            I also thought Klong was pretty good but the crowd is definitely skewed to the young side (i.e. if you're 25 you'll fit right in) and the menu is overly cutesy. Still, good food is good food. Just be aware that the place looks like the inside of a concrete submarine and in the summer the a/c is dodgy.


            1. re: Bob Martinez

     my opinion, and the opinion of a couple of my Thai friends, the food at Klong is terrible...the people who work there are very nice, the people-watching can be fun, and the location is i really wanted to like it...but three visits yielded three absurdly sweet, Americanized meals, despite specific requests otherwise...i'd go back for a drink at the bar, but i wouldn't touch the food...

            2. re: devil

              Pongsri on 23rd is not bad, but not Queens. It is rarely spicy enough, but they are glad to bring the hot sauce trio.

              Pam I ate at once and didn't like

            3. I like Wondee of Siam, I think Pam is the best in Manhattan.. Nice people, good food, close to the theater.. Couple of really good dishes.. For my neighborhood, Lan is the best on the UWS. Its surprisingly very spicey.. I have been to Klong, recently on St. Marks.. Really good fried fish, the meal was solid. I liked the unpretentious hipness of the place.. Since this is Manhattan, I wont discuss Queens..

              Havent been to Jeeb, but will have to try it.