THAI native looking for Authentic thai
I find that most" thai "restaurants here really doctor up the delicious taste and uniqueness of authentic Thai food by making it sweet, less spicy and tasteless but still they do a good business!! So I need to find out from some Thai food experts just where I can find authentic thai food in the greater new york city area. Burmese and Laos food will also be considered I was also appalled by finding that many thai restaurants charge extra for RICE !!!!!! this is just terible....the american restaurants never charge you for the platter of bread that they offer with your meals...must change this !!!1
I ate at Bennie's on Fulton on Satuday. I sometimes go there. For those who haven't been, this place is pretty much the acme of a New York City zero-ambience restaurant. Years ago, the space must have been used for an Italian restaurant, because on the wall outside there is a large mural showing Venice -- gondolas, etc. True story! Anyway, I ordered the Pad Ped-Khing and had a Singha beer. Service tends to be good, food is satisfyingly spicy, not sugary or greasy -- doesn't aspire to culinary masterpiecedom. Price is right. No idea if it is "authentic" or not.
Sriphaphai is the most authentic and plenty of Thais dine there. It's a very popular restaurant but worth the wait & trip out to Woodside. They do charge for rice also, $1 a bowl.
Sawadii krab, Surgeon
As mentioned above Sripraphai is the closest thing we've got...
Most of the Manhattan places are truly awful, but a few that are worth considering:
-- Zaab City (13th St) cooks solid Isaan food...the somtam is better than Sripraphai i think...the laab moo was even hotter than one i eat in Chiang Mai...
-- Jeeb on Orchard St. in the Lower East Side...the regular menu is so-so, but one of the cooks, a woman named Lat, has cooked some excellent meals for me in the past that were not on the menu (e.g. a duck& green curry stir fry)...
Sometimes, to try to get a decent Thai meal in Manhattan, i chat w/ the staff a bit in my (pathetic) Thai and then ask them if they'd be willing to serve me whatever the staff meal was that day...once in a while this has worked as they've liked the novelty of serving a farang the staff meal and i've had some decent curries that way...