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Best Thai in Manhattan

pups224 Apr 9, 2011 07:15 AM

I have German relatives coming to Manhattan. They love Thai food.
I have never been to Sripraphai, which seems to be the temple of Thai in NYC.
Is there a Thai restaurant in Manhattan that is comparable and that takes reservations?

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    gutsofsteel Apr 9, 2011 07:30 AM

    There is no Thai food in Manhattan that is as good as Sripraphai, unfortunately. Those that take reservations even less so...why not go to Sripraphai?

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    1. re: gutsofsteel
      kathryn Apr 10, 2011 07:35 AM

      I second this suggestion.

      If they are staying in Times Square, it's a 25-30 minute 7 train ride. If they're closer to Penn Station, it's a 12 minute LIRR ride to Woodside.

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      diprey11 Apr 9, 2011 12:10 PM

      Please ask the same question on the Outer Boroughs forum. Sri is not the only Thai place I can think of: e.g., Ayada is pretty damn good too. Plus, there is a bunch of good Filipino restaurants in Woodside, QNS as well.

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        michelleats Apr 9, 2011 12:12 PM

        If you're not looking for traditional Thai and don't mind a slightly higher price point, Kin Shop serves excellent Thai / Thai influenced food. (They do roasted beef marrow, Chiang Mai sausages and congee, and massaman goat especially well, I think.) There was also a recent glowing report on this board about Zaab-Elee in the East Village, I believe. I haven't yet tried it, but it sounds good to me: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774798

        Kin Shop
        469 6th Ave, New York, NY 10011

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          michelleats Apr 9, 2011 09:24 PM

          Opps, misspelling. It's Zabb Elee.

          In addition to comiendosiempre's excellent report, there's also Village Voice blog coverage: http://blogs.villagevoice.com/forkint...

          Zabb Elee
          75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

          1. re: michelleats
            AubWah Apr 10, 2011 10:16 AM

            I've been here and can confirm the positive reports

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              pups224 Apr 12, 2011 09:36 AM

              Thank you so much for all of your replies. i shall try Zabb Elee.

              Zabb Elee
              75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

            2. re: michelleats
              sam1 Apr 12, 2011 10:10 AM

              i have to say, kin shop is absolutely horrid...especially for the price. i can eat 2x as much for food infinitely better for 1/2 the cost in queens.

              and i live 3 blocks from kin shop.

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                Simon Apr 12, 2011 10:30 AM

                what did you have that was horrid??...i've eaten there about ten times and every meal has been stellar...the only thing i've had that was even a little underwhelming was the snapper, and an octopus dish was a little ill-conceived...every other dish has been a knockout...

                re: comparing it to food in Queens, Kin Shop is *not* Thai food...it's a riff on Thai ingredients, etc, but it doesn't pretend to be authentic rootsy Thai...

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                  Barcelonian Apr 12, 2011 12:50 PM

                  I agree sam1 - I wouldn't say it's horrid, but I was just so underwhelmed...and I have a huge problem paying that much for Thai that's just OK. I'd rather go to Queens any day of the week.

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                    Simon Apr 12, 2011 01:15 PM

                    once again: it's *not* Thai food...it's influenced by Thai cuisine, but shouldn't be compared to authentic Thai...

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                      H Manning Apr 12, 2011 01:30 PM

                      Right - Kin Shop is like Perilla with Thai flavors. I love Kin Shop too and comparing it to authentic Thai makes as much sense as comparing Ma Peche to authentic Vietnamese.

                      9 Jones Street, New York, NY 10014

                      Ma Peche
                      15 W 56th St, New York, NY 10019

                  2. re: sam1
                    michelleats Apr 12, 2011 01:26 PM

                    Most criticisms of Kin Shop seem to stem more from the price point than from the quality of the food. (I know you've expressed a preference for the less expensive Cafe Asean on other threads, which in my opinion is likable, but not in the same league. Asean uses a lot of gloppy sauces from a jar, other prepared ingredients, pre-frozen meats and seafood, etc...) If you're judging on the basis of quality of ingredients used and skill and technique used in preparing the food, I personally think it's clear that Kin Shop is a very good restaurant. There's room to argue about whether the price point is justified, though.

                    The only dishes I've outright disliked were the garam masala and tomato soup and the crab noodles, which are no longer on the menu, I believe. Everything else I've tried has been competent to very good.

                    Cafe Asean
                    117 W 10th St, New York, NY 10011

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                  comiendosiempre Apr 9, 2011 08:52 PM

                  Zaab-Elle. Brand new, on 2d Avenue in the Village. From Queens. Excellent, equal to SRI, but more limited menu. Only Isaan food, however. Good luck.

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                    IrnScrabbleChf52 Apr 10, 2011 11:50 AM


                    2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                      uwsister Apr 10, 2011 08:52 PM

                      Really? I've passed by it hundreds of times but never thought to go in. What did you like there? Anybody else?

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                        Simon Apr 10, 2011 09:04 PM

                        i went to Sookk once and it was very bad: Chinese-American style glop pretending to be Thai food...

                        2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                          uwsister Apr 13, 2011 01:56 PM


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                      robertgoulet Apr 12, 2011 11:03 AM

                      Zabb Elee is really wonderful, so long as you and your guests understand that the menu is limited to Issan food -- no pad thai, no drunken noodles, no coconut curries. But delicious papaya salads, larb, sweet and spicy Thai sausage, spicy beef salad, sticky rice, etc.

                      I also still enjoy Pam Real Thai in Midtown, although their success can be hit or miss. Anchovy fried rice with chilis is delicious, as are some of their curries ( they have a southern style fish stomach curry (Gaeng Tai Pla maybe) that is just insane).

                      Pam Real Thai
                      404 W 49th St, New York, NY 10019

                      Zabb Elee
                      75 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10003

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