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Posted: Feb 06, 2022

Thai Restaurants We Dream About in NYC

The Thai spots across NYC that have won our hearts... and stomachs.

01

Wayla

100 Forsyth St, New York, NY 10002, United States

01

This peaceful getaway is slightly hidden, with an easy-to-miss door that leads into a basement backyard paradise of plum-sauce wings, coconut curries, juicy pork sausages, and Thai fried rice that’ll blow all other variations away. On top of their extraordinary grip on Thai favorites, their mixologists are seriously dedicated with a whole list of tasty concoctions.

02

Jaiya

396 3rd Ave, New York, NY 10016, USA

Jaiya

Dimly-lit and covered in sleek Asian art, it’s got the cool and intimate vibes with all the comfort of authentic Thai food.

03

Klom Klorm

181 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, United States

Klom Klorm

181 Wyckoff Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11237, United States

Translating to “tasty,” Klom Klorm's totally lives up to its name. Portions are generous and entrees like Basil Fried Rice and Drunken Man Noodles are standouts.

04

Thai Villa

5 E 19th St, New York, NY 10003, United States

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Have a dinner made for royalty at Thai Villa, where the menu specializes in more unique offerings like Kao Tang Na Tung (rice cracker topped with minced shrimp, minced pork, crab meat, shallots, coconut milk), but includes the more traditionally-known dishes like pad thai and curry.

05

Somtum Der

85 Avenue A, New York, NY 10009, United States

Somtum Der

This Michelin-starred East Village spot emphasizes Northeastern Thai food, which uses more chili, less sugar and a unique fish sauce called plaara—flavors which are usually toned down for more mainstream appeal. There’s something for everyone at this relaxed, laidback space.

06

Ugly Baby

407 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States

Ugly Baby

407 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231, United States

Masterful Southern Thai cuisine from the beloved Sirichai Sreparplarn (of Khao Soy).

07

THEP

1439 2nd Ave, New York, NY 10021, USA

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This trendy Thai spot doesn’t take reservations (but they do have a “waitlist”) so now may be the time to sample its menu.

08

Thai Diner

186 Mott St, New York, NY 10012, United States

Thai Diner

Grab a table under the thatched ceiling and enjoy dishes like Uncle Boons crab fried rice or their fried chicken spin on laab. In keeping with the diner concept, they not only serve lunch and dinner, but they also have breakfast options like George's egg sandwich with egg, cheese, avocado, bok choy, and Thai basil wrapped in roti. It's the perfect low key but impressive destination, any time of day.

09

Ayada Thai

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Ayada Thai

75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011, USA

Luckily for Manhattanites, this Elmhurst Thai restaurant opened an outpost in Chelsea Market and everything on their menu is incredible. We suggest treating it like a tasting menu and ordering a ton of dishes to create a glorious family-style spread.

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