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Named after one of the most popular Thai dishes, green papaya salad, Somtum Der is bright and friendly. The hanging bamboo basket lamps and bright red seating illuminate the space and add a touch of the East to the otherwise simply decorated space. The restaurant features a menu inspired by authentic Northeastern Thai cuisine, and features a variety of regional dishes in bold, mouth-tingling flavors. Guests can seat themselves at the open bar and enjoy a first-hand view of their meal being expertly prepared. The varied menu features such specialties as house special grilled marinated beef(Nue Rong Hai Der), spicy fried rice with crisp local fish (Khao Pad Nam Prik Pao Pla Sa Lid) and deep-fried spicy minced pork (Larb Tod). Besides this, diners can enjoy eight variations of papaya salad in varying degrees of spiciness to kick-start their meal. With a drinks menu featuring Asian-influenced cocktails as well as specialty beers like Beer Tao, it's a good place to stop by for a mid-day meal or casual dinner out. With several value-for-money lunch specials, it is a popular lunch-time stop.
The Thai restaurant Jaiya has reigned for several decades on New York City's Asian culinary landscape, though its decor has been changed and upgraded in recent times so that it now sports a modern, minimalist look punctuated by traditional Thai accents like silk paintings and brass artifacts. The food at Jaiya, however, remains as good as ever. The restaurant's extensive menu features a host of classic Thai dishes reminiscent of Bangkok's famous street foods. Notable items on Jaiya's menu include the Pad Thai which is reputed to be the best in New York City; the fish in ginger sauce, the Mussaman curry, and the Thai pineapple fried rice.
This casual and unpretentious eatery in Hell's Kitchen is meant to evoke the atmosphere of a typical Thai canteen. Wooden walls feature vintage Thai posters, while the bustling surroundings further the busy, hectic feeling of Southeast Asia. As for the food, traditional and exceptionally prepared Thai noodles, both pan fried and soup varieties, wok-cooked meats and more fill the menu, all of them surefire successes. It's a popular spot, and they don't accept reservations, so show up early or be prepared to wait.
Don't be fooled by the simple appearance of Sripraphai. The food here is as terrific as the prices. Crispy-dried Catfish, Chili Pepper Salad, Beef Panang, Minced Pork - the list is endless. Get here early because its usually packed and they don't take reservations. Enjoy your wonderful Thai meal alfresco because it can really get busy inside. If you are stuffed, pack some coconut-rice confections or milk pudding for the road.
Located on the outskirts of the Upper West Side, the Thai Market restaurant offers traditional Thai food. The decor is funky and has dim lights. All the tables are placed quite close to each other. The dishes taste amazing and the portions are generous at affordable prices. On the menu, they have seafood, steak, soups, curry and rice, among many other items. This place is a hit with the foodies of all ages. It presents a refreshing taste and distinct Asian flavors in all the dishes with a perfect blend of flavors.
Ayada is a small eatery tucked away in a quiet area of Queens, but there is nothing quiet about the bold flavors and bright dishes they serve up. The little eatery is quite small, and the decor is quite bare apart from the bright green walls and photos of the Thai royal family lining the walls reverently. The menu is not your typical Thai food either, with authentic dishes that haven't been watered down one iota. From the unusual E-saarn sausages and pork leg to the more staple dishes like spicy Panang curry and drunken noodles, washed down with a tender coconut water makes for a satisfying meal. Don't miss out on mango sticky rice pudding for dessert, it's quite superb.
Many people consider Arunee Thai to be one of the most aunthentic Thai restaurants in New York City. The restaurant has a trendy, upscale feel in which diners enjoy the delicious flavors of Thai cuisine. The menu is quite extensive, featuring classic dishes like papaya salad, pad see ew, Panang curry, and so many more.