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Jun 7, 2010 06:28 AM

Thai food on the east side

Been a while since I went for thai. Looking for good place, relaxed and casual atmosphere. East side preferred, anywhere from houston to 60s. Need a place where you can go and have a long, comfortable dinner though. Most of the places I know you get crammed in and they want you out asap. I used to like holy basil quite a bit, but think they have slipped in recent years, so stopped going. But, a place like holy basil in its prime would be great. Thanks

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  1. Rhong-Tiam.

    87 2nd Avenue, New York, NY 10003

    3 Replies
    1. re: rrems

      I walk past Rhong Tiam a fair bit while walking my dog and they never seem to be that busy, so it seems like a good candidate if you want to linger. Plus, the tables are spaced out a generous amount so you won't be squeezed in there like sardines. They've also taken to opening the front glass panels out onto the street. The decor, though, is definitely a little space age, modern, and pink.

      1. re: kathryn

        ...But sort of the gritty "Star Wars"-style space age. Maybe others have had different experience, but when I was there a few weeks ago, the tables (at least in the front section) were more like patio furniture and were sticky and dirty. So although I could've stayed for a while, I didn't want to! The food wasn't too good either. I'm sorry I never got a chance to visit the other Rhong Tiam before the Kurve switcheroo!

        I also wish I could suggest an alternative in that (large) area but it's true that most Thai places seem to cram in the people and/or don't have good food.

        1. re: thousandrobots

          They have an extensive menu, and not every dish is successful, but I have had many more hits than misses. What did you have?