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Feb 12, 2010 12:14 PM

Thai in the East 50's

Just started working at 3rd and 53rd. Need recommendations for good Thai food in the area.

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  1. Whatever you do, avoid Pooket Thai on 2nd Avenue between 51st and 52nd street. I had the second worst meal of my life. I ordered the pad thai lunch special for takeout. I'll give you the short version of this horror. I waited 30 minutes for the order even though the restaurant was empty. I asked for water as I waited at the bar and received a glass of ice water in a dirty glass. I finally received my food and my lunch hour was nearly over.

    Good thing I checked the bag before I left because they forgot the soup. Bad thing I didn't see they forgot the salad. I get back to my office and taste the soup. It is a thin and excessively salty, nasty bouillon cube disaster. I try the pad thai, which turns out to be an unappetizing GREY color, gloopy with sugary sauce and teetering on the edge of disgusting. As I am eating, my chopstick comes across a shard of plastic approximately 2 inches long by 1 inch. I stop eating and throw the dish out.

    Just for reference, the worst meal I ever had was at a Greek diner in Jamaica, Queens, where I was served a green burger. I am not talking about a vegetable burger.

    Good luck, I think that Thai food, with two exceptions, in Manhattan is quite sad.

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      1. i doubt there is much there, as Manhattan is a desert when it comes to Thai food...but the Thai Consulate is not far away: you could don a Buddhist robe, sit out front, and ask for a taste from some staffer's lunchbox...that's what i'd do anyway...*smiles*...

        Alternately, you could stake out the consulate and follow the staff and see where they eat...

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        1. re: Simon

          There is a Thai place on First Avenue that gets a big UN lunch crowd--the consulate people may go there, too. It has been here forever so cannot be all that bad. Bangkok GRand Palace.

        2. I order from Luscious Thai on 60th/1st. Not amazing but considerably better than the other Thai options I've tried in the area. Beef Fried Rice done extra spicy has nice balance of sweet, sour and spicy.

          Avoid the larb like the plague however, no one in Manhattan seems to want to make it out of ground chicken and just makes it with minced/diced chicken, utterly terrible tasting. Someone prove me terribly wrong please on that one.

          1. If you can cross a border into Vietnam (ok, not Thai) go to Obao, 222 E 53rd. They are working out the kinks and went there last night for the second time and we all (5) thought it delicious bargain. The short ribs are great. Ditto pork belly and sticky rice.