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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Málà Project is a great Chinese restaurant in the East Village that specializes in dry pot.
Here’s the good news: If you like the idea of eating various pig parts in some sort of spicy chili sauce, you’re going to love this joint. Jeepney is Maharlika’s second East Village restaurant, and this one is a take on a Filipino gastropub.
The Smith is a chain restaurant that started in the East Village, and it’s sort of like a mid-tier sedan. Not too flashy, but it gets the job done.
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Lovely Day is one of the most reasonably priced restaurants where you can still feel like you've had a fun night out.
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.
Uncle Boons isn’t just the best Thai food we’ve eaten in New York City. It’s some of the best food we’ve eaten in New York City, period.
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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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