Thai

Ngam

Photo by D G.

Address: 99 3rd Ave. (12th & 13th Ave.)

Link: http://www.ngamnyc.com/

Review: We stumbled upon Ngam as we were wandering down toward the East Village on a Friday night.  It had some good looking specials on the board outside and smelled great so we decided to stop in for a quick dinner and were not disappointed.  Ngam has yummy seasonal dishes and quick, friendly service.  The decor is modern and industrial with exposed brick walls and an open kitchen in the front of the restaurant – it’s much nicer than your typical Thai restuarant, and it’s great for groups with their long wooden tables.  The soft shell crabs had great flavor but were a bit heavily deep fried.  The fresh oysters with a spicy thai sauce were fantastic and their pad thai was pretty solid.  Also, the cocktails were very refreshing, though not the strongest.  All in all, Ngam is a solidly good, nicer Thai spot in the East Village if you’re looking for a place to go with a group of friends.

Sticky Rice

Address: 85 Orchard St. (Broome & Grand St.)

Link: http://www.stickyricenyc.com/

Review: Sticky Rice is a fun Thai spot on the Lower East Side.  The Thai food is pretty authentic and really tasty. The duck spring rolls, bacon belly satay and the pad see hew with pork were delicious.  The service is quick but not rushed and the prices are super cheap for how good the food is.  The music is a little on the loud side but it’s got a cool, dimly lit atmosphere and can be a fun spot for you and your date or a whole group of friends.

Rohm Thai

Photo by Rohm Thai

Address: 27 E. 20th St. (Broadway & Park Ave. S)

Link: http://www.rohmnyc.com/

Review: We stumbled upon Rohm Thai on our walk home and we decided to stop in.  Unfortunately there was a loud, obnoxious group of girls when we got there but thankfully they were on their way out.  Once they left it was a quiet, perfect spot for an intimate date night.  It’s a small place with romantic, candlelight decor full of couples on dates.  We were pleasantly surprised at how great the food was – great pork, chicken and duck dishes all at reasonable prices. They have several delicious specialty cocktails as well.  Definitely a great place to bring your date out for some good Thai in Flatiron.

Peep

Photo by Peep

Address: 177 Prince St. (Thompson & Sullivan St.)

Link: http://www.peepsoho.net/

Review: Despite the weird, club-like décor, Peep has pretty solid Thai food.  We stumbled upon Peep during an afternoon of shopping in Soho and were pleasantly surprised.  If you’re in the mood for some noodles/Thai dishes after a long day of shopping Peep is a safe bet, but it’s not really a place to seek out otherwise.  They also have good cheap cocktails during their happy hour from 4:30-6:30pm every day (try the mojitos!)

Land NorthEast Thai

Photo by Jane K.

Address: 1565 2nd Ave. (81st & 82nd St.)

*Location also in the Upper West Side

Link:  http://www.landthaikitchen.com/eastside/

Review: Land Thai is a UES restaurant with a great romantic date night atmosphere and decent thai food.  The drunken noodles with chicken were very very spicy so don’t order this dish unless you like that! The pad thai with shrimp and the spring rolls were solid choices, albeit pretty standard choices you can get at most decent thai places.  The pluses were the friendly and attentive waitstaff and the Thai beer the boyfriend had been looking for since he got back from his trip to Thailand.  We wouldn’t send someone on a trip up to the UES for this place but if you live in the area it’s definitely a decent spot for a date.

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