As you stare into your cupboard and consider how to incorporate pretzel twists, anchovies, and canned peaches, it’s important you know there are better-tasting options. If you’re looking for Thai food in particular, here’s where to start.
The food at this excellent Carroll Gardens spot has a good amount of heat. So if you need to be reminded you have taste buds and the capacity to love, order from Ugly Baby. We like the young jackfruit salad, and the kao tod nam klook (curried rice with pork skin and peanuts). Ugly Baby has a fairly limited delivery zone that runs from Brooklyn Heights to the bottom of Park Slope. They typically take same-day pre-orders via Instagram DM or over the phone, so make sure to follow them here for updates.
Soup is good and comforting, and we’d like to nominate it for dish of the week. If you need some, call Pye Boat Noodle in Astoria. Their boat noodles - with three kinds of pork in a fragrant broth - are especially worthwhile, but they also serve a few other soups, as well as some stuff like pad kee mao and dumplings. Call 718-685-2329 or visit their site and order online.
Specializing in Isan Thai food, Somtum Der in the East Village has, unsurprisingly, an impressive selection of somtums. 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.
Chang Noi Thai
Chang Noi on Staten Island serves lunch and dinner takeout every day starting at 11:30am. It’s located right near the St. George SIR stop, in case you’re commuting and want to pick up some tom yum soup and red curry on your way home.
At this Williamsburg spot, focus on the soups, and don’t look back. We particularly like the guay tao tom yum with fish balls, peanuts, and multiple kinds of pork and the khao soy. Make sure to supplement your soup with an order of Isan sausage. It’s thinly sliced and soaked in a citrusy marinade that elevates the dish like a person sitting on top of another person in a trenchcoat.
If you live in the East Village, you should be telling everyone you know about Soothr. It opened in early 2020, serving dishes you may not have seen before elsewhere in Manhattan like sukhotthai tom yum noodles and specialties from Bangkok’s Chinatown hub. Whatever you do, order the koong karee. This curry has a pleasantly gooey shrimp and egg consistency, and it makes for great leftovers with rice the next day.
Our favorite dish at this NoHo Thai spot is the creamy, slightly spicy coconut crab curry, but the zabb wings and coconut fried rice are also great choices. In case you need some vegetables, get the vegan green curry. You can place your order online.
Ayada is open, and this information should make you feel two to three times better than when you weren’t sure if you could order from this borderline-perfect Thai restaurant in Elmhurst. The drunken noodles are a non-optional order, and we highly suggest you order some curry and add duck. It’s crispy and bountiful, and you want it. Order online for delivery or call 201-482-7585 for pickup.
Much like a Volvo or a friend who never seems to have too much going on, Lui’s Thai Food is reliable. It’s a great option for when all you want to exchange roughly $12 for some pad see ew or a bowl of panang curry, and you can call this East Village restaurant at 646-669-9310 for pickup or delivery.
Look By Plant Love House is the single best option for Thai food in Prospect Heights. If you’re dubious of this fact, go ahead and order their big papaya salad tray (which is the size of a manhole cover and includes Isan sausage and wings) and some pork and crab noodles. Then, you can write us a thank you email. FYI - this restaurant team also owns Noods N Chill in Williamsburg, an excellent Thai spot featured on this guide as well.
For Thai takeout and delivery around Park Slope, Song is there for you. It’s a go-to in the area for a solid plate of pad see ew or massaman curry, and roughly 90% of the dishes on the menu cost less than $15. Don’t overthink this. Go online or call 718-965-1108 for pickup or delivery.
Maybe you’re currently sitting on a couch somewhere on the Upper West Side pondering massaman curry. Calling Sala Thai should be your next step. Their takeout menu has various curries and noodle dishes as well as some things you won’t find at many other Thai spots in the neighborhood like taro samosas and chocolate Thai tea lava cake. This is a particularly good option for lunch, since they have over a dozen specials that come with soup or salad and your choice of appetizer.
With the variety of food they serve, Lovely Day almost qualifies as a diner. This Nolita spot has edamame and miso soup, as well as seared salmon and flank steak with mashed potatoes. But mostly, Lovely Day is a Thai restaurant. It’s a go-to for a solid plate of pad thai or green curry, and they’re currently selling alcohol and a few different groceries too. Call 212-925-3310 for pickup or delivery, or go online to browse the groceries.
The tom yum soup at Thai Farm Kitchen deserves its own Netflix series or at least a thoughtful speech given by someone in tuxedo. Order a bowl, and get the pad thai with crispy calamari and tamarind-glazed shrimp. This exceptional Thai spot just south of Prospect Park also has everything from a whole steamed fish to half a roast chicken, and it’s currently doing both delivery and takeout. Order directly from their website, or call 347-533-9368.
In case you’ve been put in charge of ordering takeout for a group, get THEP Thai’s appetizer platter that comes with spring rolls, pancakes, and various types of dumplings. It’s sort of like opting for “D, all of the above” on a takeout ordering test (and it’s always the right answer). Then make sure to order the panang curry with roast duck without telling anyone about it - it’s our favorite thing here and you’re not going to want to share.
At the northern end of the Upper East Side, Bangklyn serves some excellent tamarind coconut noodles with crab as well as some perfectly crunchy fried chicken with a sweet dipping sauce on the side. Order both of these things, and throw in a Vietnamese iced coffee if sitting exclusively in one corner of your apartment has left you sluggish. Just call 917-790-0597 for pickup or go online for delivery.
Lamoon is a Northern Thai restaurant in Elmhurst, where the dishes tend to pack so much flavor, you begin to wonder if other restaurants are perhaps holding back. The khao soi and Thai sausage speckled with herbs are necessary, and you should begin every meal from Lamoon with the jackfruit salad or mildly spicy nam prik ong with cucumbers and pork rinds on the side. Go online to order delivery, or call 917-745 1168 for takeout.
If you’re looking for a quick lunch or early dinner in Elmhurst, pick up some food from Khao Kang. For around $10, you can pick three dishes and a side of rice, and they usually have an optional fried egg you can throw on top of everything. If you like heat, focus on the curries, and the fried garlic pork is always an intelligent choice as well. Just be aware that this place is pickup-only, and it closes at 7:30pm.
Another reliable Thai delivery spot on the UES is Up Thai on 2nd Avenue between 73rd and 74th Streets. Get the larb gai, which tastes bright and crunchy and will only get better as it sits in your fridge. If you’re sharing, the duck tamarind will probably be the crowd delivery favorite. It comes with crispy duck slices, a sweet tamarind sauce, and eggplant.
Senn Thai Comfort Food
Senn Thai will immeasurably improve your night for roughly $15. That’s how much most things cost here, and one dish is really all you need. The honey roasted pork over egg noodles is a necessary order, but we also appreciate the kao moo dang and kuaytiaw tom yum with peanuts and ground pork in a slightly spicy broth. For pickup or delivery, call 212-501-7755 or order online.
The first thing you should know about Klom Klorm is that you need to get the curry puffs. They’re flaky and stuffed with chicken, and you could easily make a meal out of two orders. You should also be aware that the khao soi and Panang curry are equally delicious and deserving of a place in your home. To make this happen, call this Bushwick restaurant at 718-489-9188, or order delivery directly from Klom Klorm’s website.
Considering it’s fairly difficult to secure a reservation in Wayla’s vacation-reminiscent back garden, ordering takeout or delivery is a useful option if you want to try their crumbly sai oua or kua kling kung, which is ginger-forward and packs genuine heat. You can place your order for takeout or delivery between 4:30pm and 8:30pm every day.
Kitchen 79 in Jackson Heights has a massive menu ranging from Northern to Southern Thai, with everything from crispy soft shelled crab and baked spare ribs chili sauce to plenty of different soups and some especially spicy kua kling (which you should get). Pickup and delivery starts at noon, and you can order online.
Whether it be takeout, delivery, or outdoor dining, the Red Hook location of Somtum Der is where you should be eating Thai food in the area. Just like their sister location, this place serves a bunch of somtum variations (including a good one with salted egg), as well as delicious larb moo.