Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

October 25, 2016
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by Zagat Staff

New Yorkers can find stellar regional versions of Thai cuisine in a number of neighborhoods, a testament to the rising popularity of this Southeast Asian fare. Here’s our list of the top-rated Thai in the city.

SriPraPhai
Thai · Woodside · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.4 · Service 3.7

Worth the “trek," this Woodside “holy grail of Thai food” (with a Williamsburg branch) offers an “enormous choice” of “memorable” dishes at varied heat levels ( “make sure you really mean it if you ask for ‘very spicy’” ); although cash-only with “perfunctory” service and decor, it's affordable and “out-of-this-world.”
Ayada Thai
Thai · Elmhurst · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Spicy means spicy” at this “friendly” Elmhurst Thai whose “uncompromising” dishes pack “powerful flavors” and come at a “fair price” ; the “humble” storefront space gets “crowded” with “lines out the door” at prime times, but a recent expansion has added a bit of elbow room.
Uncle Boons
Thai · NoLita · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.9 · Service 4.0

Something “different from the norm” , this “cutting-edge” NoLita hangout offers a “new-school” take on Thai cuisine via “vibrant flavors” and very “serious spicing” ; an “attentive” team tends the “knickknack” -filled basement space, where “must-try” beer slushies can be ordered from the “cozy” bar; its tiny Mott Street sib is a counter-serve, credit card–only outfit offering a takeout menu based on the original, with some seating available.
Pure Thai Cookhouse
Thai · West 50s · $$
Food 4.5 · Decor 3.2 · Service 3.7

“Taste the essence of Thailand” at this “hole-in-the-wall” Hell’s Kitchen Thai that “stands out” thanks to the “bold flavors” of its “excellent noodle dishes” and other “cheap” eats; the only downside is a “shoebox” space with “backless stools” that’s “always packed.”
Pok Pok Ny
Thai · Columbia Street Waterfront District · $$
Food 4.4 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

“Every bite is a revelation” at Andy Ricker’s Thai “tour de force” on the Columbia Street Waterfront, where the “delectable” regional dishes are “different from the ordinary” and “totally reasonable” costwise; since it's both “tiny” and very “popular” , it still can be “difficult to get in.”
Room Service
West 40s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 4.3 · Service 4.0

Decked out with mirrors and chandeliers, this “eye-popping” Theater District Thai is a “cool” destination for “spot-on” cooking at a “fair price” ; an “upbeat” vibe and “fun-loving” crowd is all part of the “like-a-nightclub" atmosphere.
Thai Market
Thai · West 100s · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.7 · Service 3.7

“Authentic” dishes that go way “beyond pad Thai” mean this “no-frills” UWS Thai “fills up quick” at prime times; the “funky” decor evokes “street carts in Bangkok” , as do the “reasonable” prices – no surprise, it's a hit with the “college crowd.”
Thaimee Table (formerly Ngam)
Thai · East Village · $$
Food 4.3 · Decor 3.5 · Service 3.7

Chef Hong Thaimee is “usually on-site sharing the love” at this “small” East Villager known for its “imaginative” twists on Thai comfort classics; “interesting” cocktails and a “hip” , “casual” vibe are additional reasons why it's an all-around “favorite.”