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linuslam Nov 3, 2006 12:53 PM

Used to think there were a couple decent thai restaurants in the city... But since then I've had to opportunity to go to the country a couple times, and I realized that most of the stuff here are barely spiced up chinese food. How I yearn for that authentic taste! I mean, there must be thousands of Thai nationals living here, where do they eat?

A few years ago there was a noodle joint (BoBo?) on E23rd that delivered a spicy, pipping hot bowl of beef noodle soup that came close...alas its been closed (by health violations, one rumor goes). Does anyone have any leads?

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    chloe.speaks Nov 5, 2006 12:42 PM

    There is a new Thai place in the East Village that I recommend - it's Thailand Cafe on 2nd Avenue btwn 6th and 7th street. It's about time - there's so many Thai places around here, and not one of them is decent. I was only going to Pongsri on Bayard for the closest decent place.

    Yes, I do know it was a mediocre place for many years that I never frequented after the trial run, but it's been taken over by new management; a Thai family who has completely refreshed the place. They opened as of last month and we've been back three times. They've got alot of things on the menu that I've never tasted in this country; many more things than the standard Pad Thai. Plus the family is so nice there.

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      Pan Nov 5, 2006 09:25 PM

      I am really glad to hear that it's under new management. I will check it out. Thank you.

    2. jbyoga Nov 3, 2006 04:16 PM

      My personal fave is Bangkok Cusine at 855 8th (bet 52-53rd sts) they have a very friendly staff and every time I've eaten there it's been excellent.

      1. Bob Martinez Nov 3, 2006 04:11 PM

        I've had many good meals Pongsri on West 48th St. The place gets little mention on the board but don't let that deter you. It's a solid B to B+ and the atmosphere is pleasant. Give it a try.
        http://www.menupages.com/restaurantde...

        The problem with Sripraphai is that it's so good that it tends to suck all the air out of the room. Every Thai place in the city is compared to it and comes up short.

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          Daniel76 Nov 3, 2006 03:28 PM

          How about Zaab thai over on east 13th.. I think thats really good.. I also like Pam Real Thai..Thats on the west side closer to Jersey. If you are looking for spicy, they have this catfish dish where the staff warns you before you order.. My girl and I really enjoy this dish.. But if you are driving, its literally 6 minutes over the 59th st bridge.

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            Muffin Nov 3, 2006 06:32 PM

            Zabb on E.13th is really good. I was very impressed. My fiance claims that they make the
            best Panang Currry in the city. The staff are very nice people too. I am definitely going back.

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            linuslam Nov 3, 2006 02:59 PM

            am I to take this to mean that there's nothing in Manhattan? I live on the other side (NJ) and treking out to Queens for a meal is just a little deterring...

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              Peter Cuce Nov 3, 2006 03:40 PM

              Oleang Thai on 10th Ave is pretty good, if you want to stay in Manhattan. You said, "the city," which I thought meant New York City, not Manhattan. There's a small Thai community in Hell's Kitchen and a larger one in Woodside/Elmhurst Queens.

              1. re: linuslam
                Ike Nov 4, 2006 08:36 PM

                I feel your pain, linuslam. I live in NJ too. But Sripraphai is utterly amazing and worth the trip, although the downside is that no other Thai restaurant in the area (or maybe even the East Coast) will seem adequate afterwards.

                My one visit to Pam Real Thai was so blah that I've never been back. That was a few years ago so maybe I should give it another chance. The best Thai in Manhattan is probably still Wondee Siam (not Wondee Siam II), a hole-in-the-wall on the east side of 9th Ave. between 52nd and 53rd. I'm wondering if this place is still as good as it used to be -- I've read some reports elsewhere that it's gone downhill, but I don't trust the opinions of posters on a site like menupages.com as much as the chowhounds, and I haven't seen any downhill reports here, even after an extensive search. Although a couple of posters who are new to the place don't like it.

                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/316173
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/229052
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/232554
                http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/...

                BTW, linuslam, as for NJ, Brookside Thai in Bloomfield is very good, though not on Sripraphai's level. It's at least equal to Wondee or maybe better.

              2. Brian S Nov 3, 2006 02:33 PM

                Here's a rave review of just about everyone's favorite Thai.

                http://events.nytimes.com/2004/11/03/dining/03REST.html?ex=1162702800&en=815a431d20bcc4e3&ei=5070

                And here's another place praised in this week's Village Voice

                http://www.villagevoice.com/nyclife/0...

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                  jdmetz Nov 3, 2006 04:49 PM

                  Does anyone know how to get to Chao Thai?

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                    Alan Henderson Nov 3, 2006 06:48 PM

                    It looks to be a couple of blocks from the Elmhurst Ave stop on the v, G and R trains.

                2. Peter Cuce Nov 3, 2006 02:16 PM

                  You're on the wrong board. Check the outerborough board. Here's something to get you started:

                  http://www.chowhound.com/search/std?q...

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