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Somtum Der

212-260-8570

85 Avenue A

New York, NY 10009

Somtum Der specializes in Isaan food from northern Thailand, which means you should come prepared to eat spicy dishes like somtum (papaya salad) and larb (minced meat salad). If you’re alone or on a date and you order drinks, you may spend over $30, but if you bring a big group and split a bunch of different things, you should be able to eat a very affordable meal here. Make sure your order includes their fried chicken - it’s great.

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.

Most dishes at Somtum Der could be served in blocks of ice with a glass of milk and still make you sweat like an unprepared middle-schooler during a pop quiz. In other words, the food at this East Village Thai spot is very spicy. It’s also very delicious. Order the spicy wok-fried noodles or spicer chicken wing soup for pickup and delivery, and get some sticky rice or Thai beers to assist with the heat.

If you leave Somtum Der without ordering one of their eight som tum salads, we’re sorry but you have to go back and try again. It doesn’t matter how full you are, don’t argue with us - we want what’s best for you. What’s that? What’s our favorite one? The one with pungent fermented fish sauce and crab. Pair that with a spicy mountain of larb ped and sticky rice, and the grilled coconut pork skewers, and you’ll want to come to this casual East Village spot every time you hear the word “papaya.”

If you order from this Thai spot without getting one of their eight som tum salads, we’re sorry but you have to go back and try again. It doesn’t matter how full you are, don’t argue with us - we want what’s best for you. What’s that? What’s our favorite one? The one with pungent fermented fish sauce and crab. Pair that with a spicy mountain of larb ped and sticky rice, and the grilled coconut pork skewers, and you’ll want to come to this casual East Village spot every time you hear the word “papaya.”

Somtum Der on Avenue A makes eight different different versions of papaya salad, and it would be reasonable to visit their sidewalk seating area several times to try them every kind. Our favorite, though, is the one with fermented fish sauce and crab. Pair that with a spicy mountain of larb ped and sticky rice, and the grilled coconut pork skewers.

From larb and papaya salad to pad ki mao moo with ground pork and crispy basil, most of the Isan Thai dishes from Somtum Der cost less than $15. And, while the food from this East Village restaurant is ideal for sharing, we strongly encourage you to order a bunch of different things for yourself, then make several exceptional meals out of leftovers. Once you finish them, read our Thai delivery guide for more options.

These guys are known for their authentic Northern Thai food, and that means you should be eating things like Thai sausage or prawn ceviche. You can also play it safe and get your favorite Thai noodles - but this restaurant is best enjoyed when you eat fermented fish sauce. When you’re looking for a fun and different meal on a Tuesday night in the East Village, get acquainted with Somtum Der.

Movie Pairing: Clue The Movie (Prime)

“Would you like to scream with the fervor of a 1940s film noir actress? We say go for it. Great, now that that’s out of the way, continue your cathartic and mysterious evening with Clue The Movie. About 50% of the dialogue in this cinematic masterpiece is shrieked rather than spoken, and it goes nicely with spicy papaya salad and larb moo from Som Tum Der. No matter how many times you’ve seen Mrs. Peacock and the gang run around a spooky mansion, you’ll always find new ways to be confused by the blackmail scheme. Not to mention, young Tim Curry is an absolute fox.” -HA

Order some Isan Thai food from Somtum Der. Get some larb, papaya salad, or pad ki mao moo with ground pork and crispy basil. Most dishes cost less than $15 - and, while the food from this East Village restaurant is ideal for sharing, we strongly encourage you to order a bunch of different things for yourself, then make several exceptional meals out of leftovers.

Thai delivery and takeout available - call to order.

If you’re in Manhattan, we suggest ordering spicy Isan food from Somtum Der in the East Village. They have a bunch of larb options that should be like a mini workout for your senses, as well as some great somtum salads. Something else to consider: watch Midsommar and post a Mid-Somtum Der pun no one on your socials asked for.

Somtum Der on Avenue A makes eight different different versions of papaya salad, and it would be reasonable to visit their sidewalk seating area several times to try them every kind. Our favorite, though, is the one with fermented fish sauce and crab. Pair that with a spicy mountain of larb ped and sticky rice, and the grilled coconut pork skewers. Also - their Red Hook location is open for takeout, delivery, and outdoor service.

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