This is a mom-and-pop Thai place in the East Village where the food is inexpensive and everything feels homemade. It isn’t anything to travel for, but it’s good for a weeknight dinner (and it’s BYOB). Sure, the space is small, but you probably won’t mind sharing it with the friendly staff. Or if you don’t like people, you can get takeout.
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Taladwat is a casual Thai restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen where you can get two entrees with rice for $18.
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Ugly Baby is a little spot in Carroll Gardens serving excellent, authentic Thai food. Come here when you want to try something you haven’t before.
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Sala is a Thai restaurant on the UWS from the same people behind Up Thai, and if you live nearby, this should be one of your go-to spots.
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