Zabb Thai Now In The East Village
244 East 13th Street
Between 2nd and 3rd
Yep, that Zabb from Jackson Heights. This could be a very good thing for the state of Manhattan Thai.
Some people have complained that when they went, they were not given spicy food. Not spicy? Good god, my mouth is on fire! I might've gone a little too far with my spicy insistence but here was my battle plan. I first asked her if she was the same Zabb from Jackson Heights and then told her how much I liked it.
The menu that they have is completely American-speak as in "minced chicken/pork or beef spicy salad." I guessed that was laab and ordered it that way, also saying "I like it spicy!" It came that way and it really is good. The other dish I got was a spicy grilled beef salad. I was hoping that it was like my favorite Sripraphai beef salad with red onion, mint, sliced lemongrass, lime juice, etc. It wasn't really like that, it has a lot of celery, red onion and cherry tomatoes. Not as delicate as Sri's but still good and REALLY SPICY.
So I say go and order dishes by their rightful names. Emphasize spicy and perhaps we can convince them that they don't have to just dumb down and serve the East Village hipster clientele.
Also of note is their tea menu. The place is really sweet looking and I can easily see myself ordering a pot of tea, some sweets and just hanging out.
Oh and it is BYO.