As you stare into your cupboard and consider how to incorporate pretzel twists, anchovies, and canned peaches, it’s important you know there are better-tasting options. If you’re looking for Thai food in particular, here’s where to start.
The food at this excellent Carroll Gardens spot has a good amount of heat. So if you need to be reminded you have taste buds and the capacity to love, order from Ugly Baby. We like the young jackfruit salad, and the kao tod nam klook (curried rice with pork skin and peanuts). Ugly Baby offers takeout and delivery Thursday and Friday from 5pm to 9pm, and on weekends from noon to 3pm and 5pm to 9pm. Call 347-689-3075 to place your order or send them a DM on Instagram here.
Dek Sen is one of our favorite Thai restaurants in Elmhurst. While you can get some excellent turnip cakes and pad kee mao here, it’d be unwise to order from Dek Sen without trying one of their desserts or sweet beverages.Their milo sizzling roti, for example, is absolutely massive and comes topped with whipped cream, marshmallows, and chocolate sauce in an extremely hot cast iron pan.
Little Tiffin opened in Greenpoint during the summer of 2020, and has become our go-to for Thai takeout and delivery in the neighborhood. Try the pad see ew with perfectly cooked Chinese broccoli and super fresh som tum that hits all the spicy, salty, sweet high notes. Just know that Little Tiffin isn’t on the delivery apps, so give them a call or order from their website directly. They’re also open for outdoor dining.
If you’re looking for Thai breakfast or lunch, Thai Diner currently makes our favorite versions. We particularly love the cheesy BEC on a roti, babka French toast drizzled in Thai tea glaze, and an aggressively delicious sandwich with chicken and banana blossom salad piled between its sesame seed buns. But Thai Diner is just as incredible for delivery dinner, when you can split creamy khao soi with rainbow chard, fried chicken larb, or cabbage rolls stuffed with citrusy ground turkey and mushrooms.
Soup is good and comforting, and we’d like to nominate it for dish of the week. If you need some, call Pye Boat Noodle in Astoria. Their boat noodles - with three kinds of pork in a fragrant broth - are especially worthwhile, but they also serve a few other soups, as well as some stuff like pad kee mao and dumplings. Call 718-685-2329 or visit their site and order online. Note that Pye Boat Noodle also has a great backyard for outdoor dining in Astoria.
Specializing in Isan Thai food, Somtum Der in the East Village has, unsurprisingly, an impressive selection of somtum. Get one of those crisp, acidic papaya salads to start your meal (the standard tum thai is always a good choice), then go for the larb moo or the fried garlic pork with jasmine rice. And if you call them directly at 212-260-8570, you’ll get 10% off your pickup or delivery.
This Thai spot in Bushwick specializes in kub klaem (small plates), like chicken satay and Thai spring rolls, meant to be enjoyed with a few drinks. There’s an abundance of excellent options for around $15 on Tong’s dinner menu, and seeing them spread out on a table will make you happier than a toddler with a carabiner full of keys. From charred-octopus skewers that taste like they just got back from skinny-dipping in a pool of chili-lime sauce to a crunchy, deep-fried, banana blossom pancake, there’s really no point in trying to pick favorites. In addition to takeout and delivery, Tong has a heated, covered sidewalk patio just a couple of blocks from the Jefferson Street L stop.
Chang Noi Thai
Chang Noi on Staten Island serves lunch and dinner takeout every day starting at 11:30am. It’s located right near the St. George SIR stop, in case you’re commuting and want to pick up some tom yum soup and red curry on your way home.
At this Williamsburg spot, focus on the noodle soups, and don’t look back. We particularly like the guay tao tom yum with fish balls, peanuts, and multiple kinds of pork and the khao soy. Make sure to supplement your soup with an order of Isan sausage. It’s thinly sliced and soaked in a citrusy marinade that elevates the dish like a person sitting on top of another person in a trenchcoat.
If you live in the East Village, you should be telling everyone you know about Soothr. It opened in early 2020, serving dishes you may not have seen before elsewhere in Manhattan like sukhotthai tom yum noodles and specialties from Bangkok’s Chinatown hub. Whatever you do, order the koong karee. This curry has a pleasantly gooey shrimp and egg consistency, and it makes for great leftovers with rice the next day.
SriPraPhai is a Woodside classic, and, after all these years, it’s still where you should be sharing a large plate of soft-shell crab and some fragrant pork leg that falls apart as soon as your prod it. They’re only offering pick-up right now, and you can place your order online or by calling 718-899-9599. It is, however, cash-only, so be sure to bring enough money for dinner and some takeout desserts from the fridge on your way out. Also, they’re closed on Wednesdays.
Our favorite dish at this NoHo Thai spot is the creamy, slightly spicy coconut crab curry, but the zabb wings and coconut fried rice are also great choices. In case you need some vegetables, get the vegan green curry. You can place your order online.
Ayada is open, and this information should make you feel two to three times better than when you weren’t sure if you could order from this borderline-perfect Thai restaurant in Elmhurst. The drunken noodles are a non-optional order, and we highly suggest you order some curry and add duck. It’s crispy and bountiful, and you want it. Order online for delivery or call 201-482-7585 for pickup.
Same delicious Ayada food, but in Chelsea. Their Chelsea market location is open for takeout and delivery every day starting at 11am. If you’re picking up, you can call 212-645-9445 to place your order. Otherwise, order online.
Look By Plant Love House is the single best option for Thai food in Prospect Heights. If you’re dubious of this fact, go ahead and order their big papaya salad tray (which is the size of a manhole cover and includes Isan sausage and wings) and some pork and crab noodles. Then, you can write us a thank you email. FYI - this restaurant team also owns Noods N Chill in Williamsburg, an excellent Thai spot featured on this guide as well.
For Thai takeout and delivery around Park Slope, Song is there for you. It’s a go-to in the area for a solid plate of pad see ew or massaman curry, and roughly 90% of the dishes on the menu cost less than $15. Don’t overthink this. Go online or call 718-965-1108 for pickup or delivery.
Lan Larb Soho
Lan Larb on Centre Street in Soho has kept Infatuation staff fed for many years now. Everything on the menu is great, but we particularly recommend the duck larb, the pad kee mao, and any of the sidewalk wok or curry options. Delivery is always fast, and the food shows up hot.
Maybe you’re currently sitting on a couch somewhere on the Upper West Side pondering massaman curry. Calling Sala Thai should be your next step. Their takeout menu has various curries and noodle dishes as well as some things you won’t find at many other Thai spots in the neighborhood like taro samosas and chocolate Thai tea lava cake. This is a particularly good option for lunch, since they have over a dozen specials that come with soup or salad and your choice of appetizer.
With the variety of food they serve, Lovely Day almost qualifies as a diner. This Nolita spot has edamame and miso soup, as well as seared salmon and flank steak with mashed potatoes. But mostly, Lovely Day is a Thai restaurant. It’s a go-to for a solid plate of pad thai or green curry. Call 212-925-3310 for pickup or delivery, or check out their heated outdoor dining set-up if you’re in the Nolita area.
The tom yum soup at Thai Farm Kitchen deserves its own Netflix series or at least a thoughtful speech given by someone in tuxedo. Order a bowl, and get the pad thai with crispy calamari and tamarind-glazed shrimp. This exceptional Thai spot just south of Prospect Park also has everything from a whole steamed fish to half a roast chicken, and it’s currently doing both delivery and takeout. Order directly from their website, or call 347-533-9368.
As of 2020, Thai Farm Kitchen also has a location in the Seaport District. They’re open for lunch and dinner every day, with a special $15 three-course delivery lunch. You can also stop by for a meal on their heated patio.
In case you’ve been put in charge of ordering takeout for a group, get THEP Thai’s appetizer platter that comes with spring rolls, pancakes, and various types of dumplings. It’s sort of like opting for “D, all of the above” on a takeout ordering test (and it’s always the right answer). Then make sure to order the panang curry with roast duck without telling anyone about it - it’s our favorite thing here and you’re not going to want to share.
When we order from Wondee Siam in Hell’s Kitchen, we always make sure to get at least one curry dish. Try the panang curry with seafood, or the green curry with chicken. You can call 212-459-9057 or go online to place your order every day between 11am and 10:30pm.
At the northern end of the Upper East Side, Bangklyn serves some excellent tamarind coconut noodles with crab as well as some perfectly crunchy fried chicken with a sweet dipping sauce on the side. Order both of these things, and throw in a Vietnamese iced coffee if sitting exclusively in one corner of your apartment has left you sluggish. Just call 917-790-0597 for pickup or go online for delivery.
Lamoon is a Northern Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, where the dishes tend to pack so much flavor, you begin to wonder if other restaurants are perhaps holding back. The khao soi and Thai sausage speckled with herbs are necessary, and you should begin every meal from Lamoon with the jackfruit salad or mildly spicy nam prik ong with cucumbers and pork rinds on the side. Go online to order delivery, or call 917-745 1168 for takeout.
If you’re looking for a quick lunch or early dinner in Elmhurst, pick up some food from Khao Kang. For around $10, you can pick three dishes and a side of rice, and they usually have an optional fried egg you can throw on top of everything. If you like heat, focus on the curries, and the fried garlic pork is always an intelligent choice as well.
Another reliable Thai delivery spot on the UES is Up Thai on 2nd Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets. Get the larb gai, which tastes bright and crunchy and will only get better as it sits in your fridge. If you’re sharing, the duck tamarind will probably be the crowd delivery favorite. It comes with crispy duck slices, a sweet tamarind sauce, and eggplant. Up Thai also has heat lamps outside.
Senn Thai Comfort Food
Senn Thai will immeasurably improve your night for roughly $15. That’s how much most things cost here, and one dish is really all you need. The honey roasted pork over egg noodles is a necessary order, but we also appreciate the kao moo dang and kuaytiaw tom yum with peanuts and ground pork in a slightly spicy broth. For pickup or delivery, call 212-501-7755 or order online.
The first thing you should know about Klom Klorm is that you need to get the curry puffs. They’re flaky and stuffed with chicken, and you could easily make a meal out of two orders. You should also be aware that the khao soi and Panang curry are equally delicious and deserving of a place in your home. To make this happen, call this Bushwick restaurant at 718-489-9188, or order delivery directly from Klom Klorm’s website.
Considering it’s fairly difficult to secure a reservation in Wayla’s vacation-reminiscent back garden, ordering takeout or delivery is a useful option if you want to try their crumbly sai oua or kua kling kung, which is ginger-forward and packs genuine heat. You can place your order for takeout or delivery between 4:30pm and 8:30pm every day.
Kitchen 79 in Jackson Heights has a massive menu ranging from Northern to Southern Thai, with everything from crispy soft shelled crab and baked spare ribs chili sauce to plenty of different soups and some especially spicy kua kling (which you should get). Pickup and delivery starts at noon, and you can order online.
Whether it be takeout, delivery, or outdoor dining, the Red Hook location of Somtum Der is where you should be eating Thai food in the area. Just like their sister location, this place serves a bunch of somtum variations (including a good one with salted egg), as well as delicious larb moo.
Bua Thai Ramen & Robata Grill
Another option on the UES is Bua on 2nd Avenue. Not everything on the menu is strictly Thai (for example, they serve edamame, maki rolls, and ramen noodles topped with yellow curry), but you’ll find plenty of Thai delivery staples as well. Including a couple of specialty noodle soups from Bangkok. You can place your order online or by calling 212-879-7999. In case you’re looking for outdoor dining options, know that Bua has heat lamps installed over their tables.