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cheesecake17 Jun 8, 2009 11:55 AM

A coworker is looking for a good Thai restaurant on the Upper East Side for tonight. Any suggestions?


  1. goodhealthgourmet Jun 8, 2009 12:04 PM

    honestly, the best suggestion you could offer would be to venture outside the UES! ;) barring that, there have been a few relatively positive reviews of Land Northeast Thai.

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      cheesecake17 Jun 8, 2009 12:17 PM

      UES wasn't my idea! What's the atmosphere like at Land NE Thai?

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      1. re: cheesecake17
        Simon Jun 8, 2009 03:22 PM

        Hope you find something acceptable...

        but unfortunately, there is no (none, zilch, zero) good Thai restaurant on the island of Manhattan...the closest thing is the pork laab at Zaab City on 13th St., but that is very Isaan/dish specific...in terms of having a reasonably authentic Thai meal w/ a few solid dishes, there is currently no alternative besides hopping a subway to Queens...for me, this is the biggest disadvantage of living in NYC, culinary or otherwise...

        1. re: Simon
          cheesecake17 Jun 8, 2009 03:38 PM

          I told them to go to Land of Northeast Thai (which GHG recommended). Honestly, I don't think my coworker (and her client) were interested in authentic Thai food, just something different and tasty. Hopefully they like it.

          Personally, I've never had Thai food since there are no Kosher Thai places- at least any that I've heard of.

          1. re: Simon
            gutsofsteel Jun 9, 2009 05:14 AM

            That is fortunately not true. Sookk, on Bway near 103rd, is unusual and very good. It features food based on Bangkok street food and it's a nice place, friendly and helpful service, and the food is good quality, vibrantly flavored, and varied.

            Another good place is Thai Market on Amsterdam near 107. Authentic, delicious food in a fun, casual atmosphere.

            1. re: gutsofsteel
              Simon Jun 9, 2009 03:18 PM

              i've never been to Sookk...am rarely in that area, but would give it a try when i am --- although, after looking at their ,menu on menupages and seeing many fusiony/non-Thai items (e.g. avocado-mango salad, shitake mushroom springrolls), i kinda doubt that i will like it...what do you order there?

            2. re: Simon
              erica Jun 10, 2009 04:07 AM

              Simon: What about the Rhong Tiamon LaGuardia Place--have you eaten there? (I know it is midtown,but I have to find a place to take some out of town guests and might want to stay in Manhattan)

              1. re: erica
                Simon Jun 10, 2009 12:34 PM

                i tried Rhong Tiam twice and disliked it thoroughly...it has both fans and detracters here...but thanks for the suggestion anyway...

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            notsochubbychubette Jun 8, 2009 12:26 PM


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              RussianGirl Jun 8, 2009 12:46 PM

              Luscious Thai on 60th and 1st across the street from Bed, Bath, and Beyond is pretty decent.

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                notsochubbychubette Jun 8, 2009 12:47 PM


              2. rosiemac75 Jun 9, 2009 07:25 AM

                I also vote for Sala Thai. On 89th and 2nd. The steamed Thai dumplings are great. I also think it is the best Pad Thai on the UPE (and I have tried them all on the UPE) In a pinch Jasmine is also not bad and more "centrally located."

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                  preppie foodie Jun 10, 2009 10:28 AM

                  I'm a big fan of Land. Its not eating in Bangkok but its fresh, decently executed and a good value. Nice, minimalist environment (dark wood, sort of mid century modern meets Asia). Solid curries, decent apps and the kaffir lime creme brule is good if you want dessert.

                  1. thew Jun 10, 2009 10:51 AM

                    hands down the best thai on the UES is Land.
                    I've spent a fair amount of time in thailand, and i disagree wit the constant disparaging of thai food in manhattan. I think Land has excellent creative modern thai. it is one of my 2 or 3 fave thai places in new york.

                    (and erica, laguardia place is not midtown by any stretch of the imagination. that is greenwich village)

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                    1. re: thew
                      Simon Jun 10, 2009 12:34 PM

                      what are your other one or two favs?

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                        thew Jun 10, 2009 01:25 PM

                        well you hate rhong tiam, so i wont mention it. i used to love the pongsri on baxter, back when it didn't say pongsri on the sign, but i havent been there in years.

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