Tasty Thai? What could be better? Test out any of Luxury Attaché’s Top 5 Thai Restaurants in NYC for a spicy and sweet meal you’ll crave time and time again.
1 Kin Shop
Top Chef Harold Dieterle does it again. His West Village gem features modern Thai flavors with subtle preparations to turn out consistently delicious dishes for the young and trendy set. The closest thing you’ll find to a signature cocktail at Kin Shop is the uber-refreshing artisanal gin, splashed with house-brined Thai pickle juice. Don’t be scared--we know the West Village isn’t a hub for authentic Thai--but Dieterle has mastered the art of contemporary fusion fare that appeals to newbies and foodies alike. The curries and creams are ground and whipped on site, adding a classic edge to the average intelligentsia-infused joint. Seal the deal with a scoop or two of ice cream, that trusty Pan-national favorite, only these versions are spiced with exotic flavors like galangal and Thai iced tea.
This stunning, dark, sultry eatery, resplendent with orchids suspended from the ceiling no less, showcases cuisine that stands out even more than its decor. Executive Chef Angus An delicately prepares refined Thai dishes like soy marinated Chilean Seabass with wild mushrooms and tomato confit, and complements his authentic menu with a killer Thai-flavor driven cocktail list which features coconut milk and fresh juice infused bevvies. Perfect for climbing temperatures, snag a seat on the intimate patio out front and enjoy. Elegant and romantic, Kittichai serves-up luxury.
3 Pok Pok NY
Andy Ricker’s Brooklyn hot spot is Thai slang for “mortar and pestle” and delivers dishes with a spontaneous and vivid flare, recreating the spirit of Thai home cooking. Unctuous options like the kaeng hung leh crock pot, with its pillowy soft chunks of curried, caramelized pork belly and pork shoulder as well as the plump, charcoal-roasted whole chicken kai yaang, served with tamarind and sweet-and-sour chili dipping sauces. The no-reservations policy and bright plastic and metal plates similar to those found only at Asian street markets, makes Pok Pok NY casual, yet the modern and creative. Strong, seasonal cocktails, such as the lethal Lord Bergamot, made with vodka infused with Earl Grey tea, kick it up a notch.
4 Spice Market
A modern Southeast Asian Kitchen, Spice Market is an Asian-Fusion neighborhood favorite. Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s bi-level space is dedicated to providing diners an exquisite meal with a timeless ambiance. Oriental cocoons and plush furniture form a Thai-inspired haven for those looking to escape the bustling Meatpacking District. With its meticulously curated menu meant for sharing, Spice Market’s compilation of Thai favorites marries delectable favorites with modern flare. Don’t miss the onion and chili crusted short ribs with egg noodles and pea shoots-- or go for the tasting menu to give you a well-rounded taste--trust us, one bite of the raw shaved tuna with chili tapioca, and you’ll see what all the hype is about.
5 Uncle Boons
Nolita newcomer from Per Se veterans Matt Danzer and Ann Redding is showcasing upscale Thai food with classic elements from Redding’s childhood. Expanding Thai food’s horizons, delightful Singha beer slushies complement everything from the grilled octopus to seared chicken liver. Funky meets fun elements, like 70’s style wood paneled walls, a mirrored ceiling and views of the outdoor back garden, make for a restaurant ideal for a cozy date at one of the corner banquettes or an easy-breezy late-night bite. Uncle Boons is a newcomer, yes, but its already proving to be nothing short of wonderful.