The Ten Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

The Ten Best Thai Restaurants in NYC

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As the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia.

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    The second branch of a well-respected Bangkok restaurant preaching the Isaan gospel, ordering here is as simple as pointing to one of the many lush photographs that fill out the menu.
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    Sitting in loud, colorful plaid-upholstered chairs, diners tuck into modest hills of crab fried rice, tender pork tossed with sautéed morning glory, and astringent papaya salads
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    Hong Thaimee's East Village restaurant has done a fine job juxtaposing traditional Thai flavors with the Western accoutrements (seasonality, sustainability) of a trend-driven modern restaurant.
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    Thailand's unofficial adopted son Andy Ricker has made it his mission in life to share authentic northeastern Thai cuisine, first with the good people in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, and then with this city's not-so-huddled masses in Brooklyn.
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    A tried and true hole-in-the-wall in Elmhurst, Queens, Chao Thai's bright orange façade should serve a similar purpose as the same hue on Homeland Security's threat scale--there is some spicy food to be had inside.
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    The flavors of Thailand focused through a fine dining lens, Uncle Boons is the tarted up brainchild of husband and wife (and Per Se vets) Matt Danzer and Ann Redding.
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    The curries here are so heady, you're bound to get sweaty. When Ayada is firing on all cylinders, there's hardly a better poultry dish in town than the duck Penang curry
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    There's a near-legendary watercress salad, and curries spicy enough to moisten your brow, but it's the crisp fried catfish with green mango and cashew nuts that keeps us coming back
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    The cooks at Zabb Elee might even have a bit of an environmentalist streak, frying up that scourge of Central Park (and satanic hell spawn), the "walking", sharp-toothed snakehead fish.
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    Red umbrellas are meant to evoke Bangkok's night markets, and an ornate tin ceiling adds a certain atmosphere missing from many of its contemporaries.
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