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Aug 19, 2010 06:14 PM

Is there any really good Thai on the UES?

I love a great complex curry. Any recommendations?

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  1. This question comes up every now and then. If you search the board for "thai upper east side" you'll find some old threads.

    Land is the one place I've been that is at all interesting. All the others I've been to (and I've been to a lot) are cookie cutter -- which can be fine if you like typical NYC-style Thai food, but that doesn't sound like what you're looking for here.

    1. I haven't found good Thai anywhere on the UES so I just cook it at home now. Gong and Land are decent, but not necessarily destinations worth seeking out.

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      1. re: JungMann

        I recently very much enjoyed a meal at Osha on Second Ave. In the low nineties.

      2. There is a new place opening in the forme Wu le yiang space next to PC Richards on E 86th bet 2nd /3rd that is called Pan Asian. Person there said will be Chinese and Thai food opening soon. Hope its good!

        Pan Asian Restaurant
        141 1st Ave, New York, NY 10003

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        1. re: UES Mayor

          We can both cross our fingers, but in my experience Pan-Asian restaurants tend to be worse than restaurants that middle in one area. If they also offer sushi, we can pretty much be assured of disaster.

          1. re: JungMann

            I agree-Why can't someone open an authentic and great Thai on the Upper east-there's enuf of a demand!!

            1. re: UES Mayor

              I third the suggestion! It irritates me when I go out to eat and end up with a dish I could have made much better at home. Granted, sometimes I just don't want to do so much work! But still. That is probably my biggest pet peeve when it comes to restaurants. I also want to thank you, Jung, for responding to my question about rice paper. The store you told me about is wonderful and a great resource that I am so glad to now know about. And, UES Mayor, you have also been a wonder source, like turning me on to Wa Jeal. I live way up here on E92 and the szechuan in midtown and very far to jump into for a quick dinner.
              ps- The noodles 28 reopened as Ruby Rocks(?) and looks like a big mish-mosh also. I will wait to see other reviews before I go, but looks to be the same mixture of cuisines.

              Wa Jeal
              1588 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              1. re: hungryinmanhattan

                Ruby Rocks same owner as previous place Noodles 28-much scaled down same menu. I thought it was a complete waste of money to renovate as the previous place was very nice and sheilded from noisy 2nd Ave traffic. Now I will never go cause its too noisy! They should have improved the menu!! Food quality and taste is bottom line imho!

                Ruby Rocks
                1643 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10028

              2. re: UES Mayor

                I don't know that the demand actually is there. I have been showing my apartment to prospective roommates for 3 weeks and of course cooking and eating habits come up. Fish sauce and the pungency of real Asian cooking still puts many people off. A lot of the people moving into the neighborhood are new to New York and have often not encountered much outside American and run of the mill European cooking. A real bouncy fish cake or spicy, salty, sweet pad Thai are way off the radar for the Class of 2010 in Dormandie.

              3. re: JungMann

                hey JungMann...

                agreed, Pan-Asian places tend to be awful...the idea of a place offering bad sweet Thai curries, a variety of faux-regional Chinese dishes, and some ugly sushi is horrendously common...

                for the OP: there is no "really good Thai" food in all of Manhattan (let alone the UES)...but Pam's on 49th/8th is the closest place to a good Thai restaurant i've found in Manhattan...if i was living on the UES i'd get takeout there and take a cab home...maybe...