We found ourselves mourning the inevitable end of Thai Farm Kitchen’s tom yum soup before we could even see the bottom of the bowl. How often does soup cause premature bereavement? Not very, which is why this one - first sour, then spicy, then sweet - deserves a special commemorative plaque. Sit underneath the rattan fish nets at this Windsor Terrace spot, and order food until you can’t see your table. Don’t miss the pad thai - theirs is loaded with tamarind-glazed shrimp and calamari that even your seafood-hesitant friends will value deeply.
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Westlight is the cocktail bar and restaurant on top of the William Vale hotel in Williamsburg.
Abe’s Pagoda is a big spot in Bushwick that looks like a cross between a tiki bar and a pirate ship. Stop by on a Saturday, and bring a group.
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Mao Mao is a fun subterranean Thai restaurant in Bushwick that specializes in ya dong, a fermented, herb-based liquor.
Thai Market on the Upper West Side specializes in Bangkok street food, so make sure to order a couple of snacks to start.
Kitchen 79 is a casual restaurant in Jackson Heights that serves some really good Thai food.
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Wayla is a fun spot on the Lower East Side, and it’s on our shortlist for best Thai food in NYC.
SriPraPhai is a Woodside favorite that’s been serving some of NYC’s best Thai food for over two decades.
Ayada is one of the best Thai restaurants in the city. Bring a big group to Elmhurst spot, and cover your table in duck, catfish, and drunken noodles.
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