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Oct 23, 2013 02:16 PM

Thai restaurants in NYC

I'm running a Modern Thai restaurant in Oslo, and will be on a food -inspiration trip to NY.
I'm interested in Thai, Malay, Lao food, but open to other Asian restaurants or street food. korean food is also interesting


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  1. Are you open to going to Brooklyn or Queens? You should post this inquiry on the Outer Boroughs board as well. There are excellent Thai restaurants in Queens you should check out (in Woodside, a surprisingly short trip on the LIRR from Penn Station, BTW).

    This other very recent thread should also be interesting to you:

    Lower East Side / Chinatown: Southeast Asian & non-Cantonese Chinese

    See also recent threads on Larb Ubol, Zabb Elee, Thai Pure Cookhouse, Uncle Boons, Pok Pok Phat Thai, Khe-Yo, and more:

    We also have some of the harder to find Chinese cuisines: Henan, Shaanxi (Xian Famous Foods) and Fuzhou in Manhattan, and many more in Queens and Brooklyn (Shangdong/Qingdao and Dongbei to name a few). scoopG's Chinatown list:

    You might also want to do a restaurant doing creative takes on Asian, like at Momofuku Ssam Bar, Wong, Fatty Cue, Takashi, RedFarm, Mission Chinese Food, Jungsik, Kin Shop, or Danji.

    I'm thinking you probably don't have anything like Mission Chinese or Momofuku Ssam at home.

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    1. re: kathryn

      Thank you very much for great recommendations. Looking forward to to have a NY- Asian experience for 6 whole days.
      Pok pok, Mission chinese, Fatty cue, Momofuku ssam, Kin shop, Zabb Elee, Danji, Khee Yo and Hakkasan. I find this to be a good selection;)

      One of my favorite restaurants in Bangkok has opened in New york, called Som tum der( north east thaifood)..Have to try this one out as well;)

      1. re: Therie

        Nice selection you got there. I would also strongly consider Pure Thai Cookhouse mentioned above by Kathryn. Had another nice meal there last night. Great ribs, Ratchaburi crab & pork dry noodles good as usual, and a nice Pa-yao beef noodles soup. I've eaten at Pure around 40 times more than any other place in town

          1. re: Therie

            Hope you have a great trip...i spent a few months in Oslo and i love the city and the people...

            +1 to Zabb Elee and PokPok and all the Queens places like Ayada and Sriprapai...

            Personally, i'd skip Hakkasan though -- overpriced and lame, and you have one closer in London quote Pete Wells: "the food is as interesting as a box of paper clips"...

            I'd also rec going to one of the Sichuan places like Legend or Grand Sichuan Chelsea or Spicy&Tasty in Queens...and, i'd def add Xian Famous Foods to your list...

            And...the lobster w/ XO sauce at Cafe Hong Kong in Chinatown is a standout...cheers...

            1. re: Simon

              I have to disagree on Hakkasan, it's underrated and no more overpriced than many Western restaurants of a similar caliber.

              Many dim sum items are as good if not better than Sea Harbour in LA, not to mention their entrees. Execution of dishes is of a very high skill level and the desserts are excellent and beautifully presented. The initial reviews of Hakkaan were ignorant and biased to the extreme. When I first started going to Hakkasan, the restaurant was nearly always empty, most likely due to scathing reviews. It's doing quite well now, and that's due to word of mouth.

        1. Highly recommend Uncle Boons in Nolita. Run by two ex-Per Se chefs.

          1. Two of our favorites:
            Uncle Boons

            1. You should try at least one Filipino restaurant:

              Pig & Khao
              Purple Yam

              Also, for Korean try Hanjan or Barn Joo

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              1. re: peter j

                Leah Cohen is gone from Pig and Khao. I wouldn't go there anymore.
                Tito Rad's is the place to go.
                Grill 21 can be good too.
                But I agree, Filipino food is a must.
                Khe Yo for Laotian food could be a good idea too

              2. The most interesting and delicious I have been to recently is the new Somtum Der in the East Village -- food from a region in Thailand that borders Laos and Cambodia.

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                1. re: City Kid

                  Thanks, I heard they were opening a new department in NY. This is my favorite spot in Bangkok. i'm soo looking forward to it;)

                  1. re: Therie

                    Hope you enjoy it! I much prefer it to Zabb Elee, both the food and ambiance.