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Apr 9, 2011 07:15 AM

Best Thai in Manhattan

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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  1. 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

      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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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:

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

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        1. re: michelleats

          Opps, misspelling. It's Zabb Elee.

          In addition to comiendosiempre's excellent report, there's also Village Voice blog coverage:

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

          1. re: michelleats

            I've been here and can confirm the positive reports

            1. re: michelleats

              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

              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.

              1. re: sam1

                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's a riff on Thai ingredients, etc, but it doesn't pretend to be authentic rootsy Thai...

                1. re: sam1

                  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.

                  1. re: Barcelonian

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

                    1. re: Simon

                      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

                    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

                2. 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.

                  1. Sookk

                    2686 Broadway, New York, NY 10025

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                    1. re: IrnScrabbleChf52

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

                      1. re: uwsister

                        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