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Feb 21, 2008 09:30 AM

Calling detectives; help needed with Thai restaurant..

...about 4 years ago, I went to a Thai restaurant somewhere between E40th and E56th Street. Not only can I not remember what street is was on, but I cannot remember the name of the restaurant. All I know is that the food was excellent and the restaurant was right next to a salon/barber shop/spa. From a picture I have, there is a barber's pole visible in the picture. Unfortunately, one of my friend's head is in the way of the address for the place:-) Any help or guesses would be appreciated.

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  1. Was it on 2nd avenue? The only one I can think of in that range on 2nd is Pooket (50th ish), but it's decidedly mediocre. Maybe I just ordered wrong there. There's a French Bistro with red and white stripes on the awning and a blue facade.

    There's another one on First that might be called Grand Bankok Palace or something like that. I know nothing about it.

    You may want to try using and use the Streetview function if you think you'll recognize it by it's surroundings. (no, i don't work for google...)

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    1. re: egit

      Come to think of it...maybe it was between W40th and W56th streets. Oh man...this is killing me. I'll have to venture up there and check out those places you mentioned.Maybe it will ring a bell. Thanks for your help though...I appreciate it.

      1. re: imdrifting

        There's a place on 8th ave in the low-mid 50s. (Red Bamboo... hmm... can't recall)I can't remember the name either. It used to be very good but from what I understand it's under new ownership and is apparently not good. may help jog your memory. You can search by area and by cuisine (east 50s, thai).

    2. Could it be Wondee Thai? It's on 8th or 9th Ave on W52, I think...very small place.

      1. There's Topaz Thai on W 56th betw 6th & 7th.

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        1. re: JoanN

          While Topaz is very good and I recommend it, I don't think it's located anywhere near a barber shop. It's right next to the parker meridien.

          imdrifting, you know this is going to drive us crazy, right?

          1. re: egit

            How about Pongsri Thai on West 48th?

            1. re: JoanN

              Ding ding ding!!! We have a winner...I did some google web and image searches and there is no doubt in my mind that Pongsri Thai is it! I'm going to go there soon and hopefully it will be as good as it was four years ago. Thanks to all who helped! If anyone is interested, below is the link that solidly confirmed it:


              1. re: imdrifting

                Pongsri doesn't get much love on this board but I'm a fan. I've been going for 4 years and it's been consistently good. The Nam Sod (minced pork mixed with ginger, roasted peanut, hot chili, onion and lime juice, with fresh lettuce) is an outstanding appetizer and the Pad Key Mao (stir fried noodles with herbs and chili paste - choice of beef, chicken or pork) with pork is hearty and satisfying.

                There's real heat in the Nam Sod and a pleasant level of zippiness to the Pad Key Mao. And of the standard Pad Gra-Prow combinations are also winners.

                1. re: Bob Martinez

                  It should also be mentioned that Pongsri has several locations throughout Manhattan, with quality reports varying erratically from branch to branch. I can vouch for the Chinatown branch, and I've been satisfied by the Pad Key Mao (referenced above) at the W. 23rd branch - just be sure to ask for it spicy. Their curries are generally too sweet for my tastes, but some people prefer them that way.

                  106 Bayard St, New York, NY 10013

                  244 W 48th St, New York, NY 10036

                  165 W 23rd St, New York, NY 10011

                  311 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

                  1. re: CalJack

                    I've had the Pad Key Mao and the Nam Sod at both the 23rd St. and 48th locations. Both were very good.