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MatthewB Jul 22, 2006 01:27 PM

Hi all! Have long been partial to Indian and Chinese but haven't much enjoyed Thai food any of my half-dozen or so attempts. Would like to give it another shot and am seeking recommendations. I like the idea of a (midtown) lunch buffet -- offering a variety of tastes and opportunities to find favorite dishes -- but any mid-priced Village place would be great. Toons? Boyd Thai? Wild Ginger? Isle Thai? Which to try?

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    Lucia RE: MatthewB Jul 22, 2006 03:40 PM

    This recent thread should help:
    http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

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      MatthewB RE: MatthewB Jul 22, 2006 05:15 PM

      Yep, read through this one before posting, but I assumed (perhaps wrongly) that people might have different recommendations for "best in the city" and "introduction to."

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        jeanki RE: MatthewB Jul 23, 2006 02:48 PM

        Maybe for an intro, Holy Basil or Wondee or Vynl or Montien Thai or Rain are ok.

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          melon RE: jeanki Jul 25, 2006 02:52 PM

          Boyd Thai is a good option in the Village. I'm particularly partial to their chicken Pad Prik Khing, which is chicken with green beans and a mild, lemongrassy chili paste served with rice. If you're in the area for lunch they have a good special (the accompanying soup and salad are nothing to write home about, but the whole thing is 5.95).

          What HAVEN'T you liked about Thai food? That might help you get some better advice.

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            MatthewB RE: melon Jul 25, 2006 07:04 PM

            This is all terrific advice -- I don't know how it might be better if I tried to explain why I've never cared for Thai! Basically, I just haven't liked the spices. (Also true of Japanese food, but I'm more interested in Thai.) I admit: It's a character flaw.

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          mondaybox RE: MatthewB Jul 25, 2006 03:45 PM

          in the Village, i like Galanga on W. 4th street, at 6th ave (east side). they've just introduced a new menu. i love their chicken basil w/ fried egg - they grind the chicken in a more authentic thai-manner than most places, who tend to use large pieces. it comes with nam pla prik pla on the side. i used to get this off the menu before they added to the new menu. it is called pad ka phrao gai (sic), and is listed under "rice dishes". their honey pork chop is very good, it is a twist on moo yang. i also like their shrimp in a clay pot and chiang mai noodles, and their massaman curry is good too.

          1. spchang RE: MatthewB Jul 25, 2006 08:11 PM

            Maybe you are approaching Thai food in the wrong way? You say you like Chinese and Indian food, so you may be put off by any Thai dishes that resemble Chinese dishes you know. Similarly, if you are expecting a Thai curry to be like Indian curry, you will also be let down.

            If this is the case, you should approach it as a new cuisine. Thai salads in general are different and quite good when done right. It may be that you would like more authentic Thai food and have only experience more americanize Thai food, in that case you should go to Queens (Sripraphai or Arunee). At any rate, ordering selectively you might find certain Thai dishes that work for you.

            However, in the end, it might not be for you. There's nothing wrong with that.

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              billyeats RE: MatthewB Jul 25, 2006 10:38 PM

              I second the mention of Galanga. For mid-priced Village thai, it's a great choice.

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                jpfracksgirl RE: MatthewB Sep 3, 2006 04:24 PM

                I'm a big thai food lover and i'd like to think i've tried most thai food in the city, and honestly, there's nothing that can really compare to Montien or Holy Basil, those two are big faves of mine since they've opened. Hope that helps!

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