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Best New York Thai Restaurants

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by Jessica Mousseau (subscribe)
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Published May 19th 2011

Thai restaurants are becoming very popular, and you have several to choose from in New York City. If you've never eaten Thai food before, and you're not sure where the best place, the listings below will give you an idea of where to start.

Once you've tried Thai food, and discovered that it's your new favorite thing to eat, you'll want to visit all the restaurants mentioned below. That way, you can experience the different ways that Thai food is prepared.

Spice Market Restaurant, 403 W 13th Street

The premise behind this restaurant is the street food that Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten enjoyed when he visited Southeast Asia. (Everyone knows that street food can be some of the best you've ever eaten). Chef Vongerichten took the preparation methods used in preparing the street food and incorporated them into the menu at this upscale restaurant. You can enjoy lunch or dinner at Spice Market Restaurant. If you have trouble deciding what to order, take advantage of the tasting menu, which lets you sample several different Thai dishes.

Boyd Thai, 210 Thompson Street

Many people know that the smaller, more laid-back restaurants are usually the ones with the best food. This is true of Boyd Thai. It's very small in size, but very big in selection and taste. Boyd Thai has an extensive lunch menu, which allows you to choose from several different Thai dishes, including the all-around favorite Pad Thai. In addition, the restaurant serves dinner combos. Everything can be ordered for delivery to your home or wherever you are dining, but the restaurant owners hope you'll visit them and stay a while.

Pongsri Thai Restaurant (four locations)

This restaurant serves authentic Thai food, with an emphasis on seafood. The seafood is served fresh, and you can choose from a variety of lunch and dinner dishes. If you're not sure what to order, ask for the daily special; you won't be disappointed.

Pongsri Thai has four locations. One is in the Theatre District, at 244 West 48th Street. If you're close to Chinatown, try the one at 106 Bayard Street. In the Gramercy Park neighborhood, you can visit the location at 311 2nd Avenue, and in Chelsea you can visit the new location at 165 West 23rd Street.

Kittichai, 60 Thompson Street

When you walk in the door at Kittichai, the first thing you'll notice is the orchids hanging from what looks like a spider web, reflected in a dark pool. You can't help but see them; the pool and orchids are located right in the center of the dining room.

After a welcome like that, you know you're in for some good authentic Thai food. Try the Chilean sea bass fixed in a uniquely Thai way or the monkfish. If you prefer beef, choose the braised short ribs.
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Why? Because Thai is delicious
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Where: All over New York
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I can't even explain my love of Spice. The food is absolutely amazing and I'm picky. Every time someone tells me they want to get Thai food I try to steer them toward there. They're really nice too which helps the experience.
By L.R. - senior writer
Saturday, 21st of May @ 05:12 am
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