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Jan 5, 2008 01:52 PM

Spiciest Thai (or other) in Manhattan?

Ok, so we all know there's Sri Pra Phai, but I'm feeling lazy and it's Saturday night. I want some serious burn-your-face-off food right now. Went to New Green Bo the other day for their whole fish with chili sauce which is just plain weak these days compared to what it used to be, and I'm still not satisfied. Could be Thai, or I could deal with Szechuan (though I'd rather not brave C-town right now...)...something from that general part of the world. (i.e. not Indian or Mexican spicy.)


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  1. Zabb City on 13th for Thai, Grand Sichuan on St. Mark's, or Brick Lane on 6th for Indian.

    1. I'm sure this comes too late, but any of the soon doo bu dishes at Seoul Garden ordered "very spicy" should do the trick.

      1. Too late now, but for future reference. The fish fillets in spiced chili broth at Szechuan Gourmet will seriously burn your face off.

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        1. re: banquo

          The ma po tofu at SG nearly caused me to have an aneurysm, it was so spicy. But delicious. But also lip-numbing.

          1. re: banquo

            The SG spicy braised beef noodle burned a hole in my intestines. I nearly went blind from all the sweat running into my eyes.

          2. Ok, so I went with Zabb City (you other folks indeed did chime in too late, but thanks). I ordered the spiciest sounding things I could find...the squid in hot chili sauce, the spicy green apple salad, the pork labb, etc. None were that spicy - the apple salad, maybe, but only if you shoveled in five forkfuls without taking a breath. Anyway, I'm a regular at Grand Sichuan already, and a definite nod to the soon doo bu's of K-town. Haven't been to Szechuan Gourmet, but will definitely check it out. Thanks!

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            1. re: ltownsend

              I obviously don't know exactly how you went about things, but I do find that (and I realize this is cliche at this point) if you don't put serious effort into convincing Thai folks that you want the spice, you won't get it. They're all capable of making things incredibly spicy, they just won't do it if they think you're going to send the food back.

              1. re: ltownsend

                Zabb City isn't the same as Zabb Queens--the restaurant with some of the hottest Thai food in the city. We're not big fans of the Zabb City shop, for some of the reasons you mention. That said, we've had good luck getting spicy food (on request) at Chai Thai Home Kitchen on 8th Avenue and 55th.

                Pam Real Thai will do it if you beg them, and Wondee Siam II will do it for delivery if you tell the server that you're ordering for a Thai person.


                1. re: ltownsend

                  Try the basil fried rice--insist on "five star spicy". The thought of it makes me sweat. Zabb City is the best option in the immediate area, although their curries are not their strong point.

                  1. re: ltownsend

                    If you like Szechuan dishes, I recommend Wu Liang Ye. There are a few branches in Manhattan but I prefer the one on W 48th street near Rockfeller Center. Their Dan Dan noodle is fairly spicy (both in terms of heat level as well as the numbness you get from the Szechuan peppercorns) and the
                    "Braised Beef Filets & Napa Cabbage With Roasted Chili" is pretty hot too. I usually take the leftover and then add some tofu to make a "casserole" the next day to tone down the heat. But for those folks who like hot and spicy, it might be "just right"!

                    I have never been to Grand Sichuan. What are their signature dishes? Did you go to the location in Chinatown? I am curious about it.

                    1. re: bearmi

                      I dont think either of those two dishes are that spicy. They are both very, very good but not burners. I think Grand sichuan does a better job with dan dan noodles as well.

                  2. Also for future reference, the gra prow kai dow (ground, spiced chicken or pork over rice) at Thai Market is phenomenal -- and pretty darn hot. The chefs there will make any other dish on the menu as spicy as you want it, as well.