Best Thai in NYC

October 25, 2012 by


Pad Thai Noodle Lounge dumplings.

Thai food has grown in popularity across the globe since the 1960s, when people from around the world were introduced to Thai cuisine during the Vietnam War.

In the 1970s, four Thai restaurants opened in London, and since then the Thai food industry has exploded. For those planning a visit to New York City, this list will make it easy to find some of the best Thai in NYC.

Spring Rolls

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Pad Thai Noodle Lounge

The Pad Thai Noodle Lounge’s menu is unique and one of the best in NYC. They not only create a masterful selection of curry entrees, but also feature snacks, salads, and a varied selection of appetizers along with delectable signature offerings. The Pad Thai Noodle Lounge is located at:

  • Pad Thai Noodle Lounge
  • 114 8th Avenue at 16th Street
  • New York City, NY

Rain Restaurant Entree

Rain Restaurant

The Rain Restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, where you’ll find favorite Thai selections such as Pad Thai, Pad See Ew, Thai Fried Rice, Spicy Basil, and more. What this restaurant lacks in atmosphere, they make up for in taste. Meals can also be ordered online.

  • Rain Restaurant
  • 220 East 53rd Street
  • New York, NY

Dee Daa (balanced Thai to go)

Dee Daa’s menu features dishes created with authentic Thai ingredients. They suggest ordering foods that offer the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, salty and sour. This Zen-like approach pairs main dishes with a salad or soup or other similar couplings. In their ordering jargon, this is known as bundling. You can find them located at:

  • Dee Daa
  • 155 East 44th Street
  • New York, NY


Larb is a traditional Isaan dishes.

Zabb Elee

Zabb Elee’s menu is based on Northern Thailand’s Isaan cuisine. Foods from this region are strongly influenced by neighboring Laos so meal entrees do not include noodles which are eaten more in Central Thailand. Instead, dishes include fried and grilled duck, fish, and other meats with a variety of dipping sauces. It’s a whole new eating experience for Thai lovers and worth a try!

  • Zabb Elee Manhattan
  • 75 2nd Avenue
  • New York NY

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