photo credit: Hed Verythai
Hed Verythai takes most of the decision-making out of a meal, a concept we welcome since we live on a neverending hamster wheel of choices. The minimalist, warehouse-like Thai spot in Union Square specializes in set lunch and dinner menus that reflect the Thai style of eating prepared dishes over rice, or khao gaeng. All you have to do is pick your entrée, like sautéed beef or coconut mushroom soup, and let the assortment of three sides, like papaya salad or spicy glass noodle salad, get decided for you. Go for the creamy red curry entrée with duck and chunks of pineapple, which is one of the more flavorful entrées on the menu (another, the fried fish, is a bit one-note). At around $25 each, the sets are a good amount of food, and some of the better value sit-down meals in the area.
The menu at Hed VeryThai changes occasionally, but here’s an idea of the mains you can expect.
The best entrée we’ve had here. It features 24-hour braised beef you can pull apart with a spoon, rich yellow curry, and a heap of fried noodles for added crunch. If it’s on the menu, get this.
Gaeng Phed Ped
Well-cooked duck and juicy pineapple are the stars in this dish. No complaints here.
The small portion size on this one—it’s just three pieces of fish atop a barely-there brush of red curry—left something to be desired. Skip this, as the meat-centric dishes are more filling anyway.