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Best Thai in New York

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Uncle Boons

Bringing a slice of Thailand to New York is just what Uncle Boons does. Serving authentic Thai cuisine, this restaurant is best known for its appetizer and drink combinations. Among these, the mieng kum, made with betel leaf is legendary. The equally delicious entrees include the massaman neuh and the crab fried rice. Their interesting range of local cocktails include a Hi-So cocktail that's made with the right amount of kaffir lime and galanga and is highly recommended. The ambiance includes paintings and items brought all the way from Thailand, thus giving the place a very authentic look. If you're looking for original Thai flavored dishes in New York, Uncle Boons is the way to go.

New York, NY, United States
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Somtum Der

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Ngam

Chef and owner Hong Thaimee brings you fresh and authentic Thai comfort food. Ngam uses all locally produced ingredients and organic poultry and meats, and only serves sustainable seafood. Range of dishes include the crispy yellow Chiang Mai fries, papaya pad Thai, green curry with chicken, and lamb Massaman roti pot pie, among others. Diners also recommend the tom kha soup, while on the drink menu the pomegranate mojito is an all-embracing favorite. The Thai spiced brownie can be ordered for dessert to complete the meal. If your taste buds enjoy authentic Thai food, this place is a must.

New York, NY, United States
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Jaiya Thai

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Pam Real Thai

Pam Real Thai is touted by many as the best Thai restaurant in New York City. The restaurant’s formidable reputation is attributed to the excellent Thai food that it serves. The extensive menu at Pam Real Thai features all the classic dishes that you would expect to find in a Thai eatery like fried curry puffs, the famous Thai green papaya salad called tom sum, laab, green and Massaman curries, pad Thai and pad see eew. However, what differentiates Pam Real Thai from other Thai restaurants in the city is the quality and flavor of its delectable preparations.

New York, NY, United States
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Pure Thai Cookhouse

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Sripraphai

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Thai Market

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Ayada

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.

New York, NY, United States
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Arunee Thai

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.

Jackson Heights, NY, United States
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