Many Thai staples, like pad Thai or boat noodle soup, are fun kitchen projects to take on at home, but when trying out more intricate dishes, it can be hard to find the essential Southeast Asian spices and herbs at the local supermarket. Thankfully, plenty of the city’s finest Thai establishments — from the old-guard standbys in Queens to the new-school favorites redefining the cuisine — are still serving their chile-laden goods for takeout, delivery, or both. Whether seeking for Bangkok-style cooking or Northern Thai (Isaan) staples, here are NYC’s best Thai restaurants offering takeout and delivery in all five boroughs. Remember to double check restaurant websites and Instagrams for hours, as things change sometimes on a day-to-day basis during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read More
21 Top-Notch Thai Restaurants Still Open in NYC
Tender poached chicken, spicy crab curries, and lots and lots of noodles available for delivery and takeout
Once called Honey’s Thai Pavilion, this casual Thai outfit has been bringing classic Southeast Asian fare to the Bronx for years. The options are diverse enough, from satay skewers and curry puffs to basil fried rice, pad Thai, and Thai pork chops. And don’t forget to cap off dinner with mango sweet sticky rice. Delivery is available Seamless, UberEats, and Grubhub.
This Manhattan Valley go-to has recently reopened for takeout and delivery Wednesday through Sunday. The considerably lengthy menu has something for everyone, from boat noodle soup and braised beef soup with rice vermicelli to curried rice salads and an array of grilled skewers. Delivery is available via Chownow.
Bangklyn East Harlem
Regulars of chef Prasong “Pat” Kanhasura’s Harlem restaurant know that he usually cooks up his own playful creations, but those seeking something more specific can order dishes like a tamarind coconut milk noodle dish best enjoyed with crab meat, khao mun gai, and a fried chicken with spicy plum sauce. Call 646-429-8128 to order takeout and delivery in the area.
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Thep Thai Restaurant
A solid choice for Thai food on the Upper East Side, Thep is a warm neighborhood standby that does a standout rendition of khao soi, a noodle soup made with bone-on chicken and crispy egg noodles. Also on offer are bold curries such as Northern-style pork belly curry and a soulful avocado massaman curry. Delivery is available via Caviar, Grubhub, Delivery.com, and DoorDash.
Thai comfort classics and family recipes are the focus of this charming, family-run outfit in Astoria. Plump veggie dumplings, garlic-pepper squid legs, and Uncle New’s Crab Curry, a yellow coconut curry, are recommended. According to their website, Pochana is donating medical supplies to independent clinics in Queens serving at-risk immigrant communities—donate directly to their efforts via Paypal. Call the restaurant to place takeout orders; delivery is available via Grubhub, Seamless, Caviar, and Postmates.
Pye Boat Noodle
Astoria’s Pye Boat Noodle is a solid example of a Los Angeles-style Thai restaurant, what with its worn wooden trimmings, beachy fixtures, and fantastic backyard space. The namesake boat noodle soup is an interesting dish: rice noodles float in a dark, sweet-ish broth that layers soy sauce with pig’s blood. Try it with either beef or pork meatballs, plus a topping of pork rinds. Not in the mood for something brothy? Other solid choices are the chive pancakes and pad Thai. Delivery is available via Chownow.
A pioneer of NYC’s Thai food scene, this Woodside establishment has seen many changes over the years, including a new outdoor patio and a bubbling fountain. The food, however, has remained happily unchanged: recommendations include a whole fried catfish, chicken satay skewers, and minced pork with rice. Takeout only.
Lan Larb brings traditional Thai and Isaan flavors to Midtown East. Dishes run the gamut from ginger stir-fry and Thai fried rice to roasted duck in a gravy-like sauce and spicy noodle soup with ground pork. Delivery is available via Grubhub, Seamless, Caviar, UberEats, and Delivery.com.
Eim Khao Mun Kai
The slapdash street hawker setup at this Elmhurst joint is an apt stage for these comfort food masters. The highlight here is Thailand’s version of Asia’s ubiquitous meal platter: fragrant, savory Hainanese chicken and rice. The standard combo includes ginger rice, chicken, and a small bowl of chicken broth — plus fresh garlic and crushed Thai chile. Takeout only.
Many of New York City’s Thai food fans swear by this 12-year-old Elmhurst stalwart specializing in classic Bangkok cuisine, which opened a Chelsea Market location in 2019. At both locations, find plenty of familiar favorites like pad Thai, pad see euw, also known as drunken noodles, and an array of standout papaya salads. Those in the mood to explore different regional fare might opt for the snacky Northern or Eastern Thai sausages. Delivery is available via Seamless (Chelsea; Elmhurst) and Grubhub (Chelsea; Elmhurst).
This Elmhurst mainstay was one of the city’s first restaurants spotlighting Isaan food. From excellent meat-egg-rice platters and flat rice noodle standards to some seriously spicy soups and whole fish preparations, the extensive menu offers enough variety to order from every day. Delivery is available via Seamless and Doordash.
One of the best among New York City’s new-school Thai contenders, this critical darling from alums of Bangkok’s Nahm has earned recognition for pushing the boundaries of the cuisine. Bold flavors are on full display in fiery Southern-style crab curry, as well as the bright fried chicken wings. Delivery is available via UberEats, Grubhub, and Caviar; diners should call 212-677-2223 in advance for pick-up.
Somtum Der (East Village)
With successful locations in Bangkok and Saigon, this Isaan restaurant chain brings the gospel of papaya salad (“somtum” means papaya salad) to New York City’s East Village. Beyond those surprisingly spicy starters, the menu’s got an excellent sa poak kai tod der fried chicken dish that resembles a Southeast Asian schnitzel. Delivery is available via Seamless, Caviar, Grubhub, and DoorDash.
Once one of the only upmarket Thai restaurants in the area, Amarin has been serving the Greenpoint neighborhood for more than 20 years. A recent remodel notwithstanding, most things here have stayed the same. This certainly applies to the menu, which includes staples like pad Thai and spicy black bean noodles, along with house specials like red duck curry and a striped bass filet with a choice of ginger or yellow chile sauce. Takeout only: place orders on its website.
Uncle Boons Sister
To focus on opening their kitschy, retro-fitted Thai Diner earlier this year, the acclaimed Uncle Boons team transitioned this smaller concept, Uncle Boons Sister, into a takeout counter. The shop remains open during lockdown, serving such favorites as tangy Isaan-style sausage, khao soi curry noodle soup, and a chicken-banana blossom salad. Delivery is available via Seamless and Caviar; diners are encouraged to call 646-850-9480 in advance for pick-up orders.
Plum sauce-marinated fried chicken wings, lobster stir-fried rice noodles, and tamarind-accented pork jowl are some of the highlights at this Lower East Side newcomer that opened in 2019. In addition to delivery, the restaurant will soon announce batched cocktails, cook-at-home kits, and even Thai groceries. Takeout is available on Wayla’s website, and delivery is available via Caviar.
The name of this modern, beach-inspired Brooklyn Heights restaurant comes from the eponymous Thai lunch box that is akin to a Japanese bento box. The menu spotlights familiar flavors in slightly modified renditions: pan-fried roti bread comes with turmeric chicken and a sunny-side egg, while crab fried rice is served in a whole young coconut. Curries include lamb massaman and a roasted kabocha squash number with seasonally-rotating vegetables. Call the restaurant at 929-337-7732 and check out its website for deals. Delivery is also available via Seamless, Caviar, and Grubhub.
Opened last year on the Brooklyn Columbia Street Waterfront, Krok focuses on Northeastern Thai cuisine, offering several interesting versions of the region’s papaya salad, grilled and fried meats, plus soups. Those looking for something off-the-beaten-path will be pleased with fried, sun-dried pork and Thai-style jerky appetizers and entrees such as beer-fermented shrimp and dried squid with peanut-plum sauce. For dessert: khao hneaw sung kha ya, or Thai pumpkin custard with sticky rice and coconut milk. Delivery is available via UberEats, Caviar, Grubhub, Doordash and Seamless.
Look by Plant Love House
Starting at the end of April, two locations of Brooklyn’s pioneering restaurant group Plant Love House will open for takeout and delivery, according to the website. Now, New Yorkers can order from Look by Plant Love House, known for signature dishes like half-duck panang curry and fried snapper, as well as Noods n’ Chill, whose standouts include som tum salad, boat blood noodle, a tom yum rice noodle soup with minced pork. Delivery is available via Caviar for both Look Washington Ave. and Noods n’ Chill Williamsburg.
Find home-style Northeastern Thai fare at this wood-clad Ditmas Park favorite. On offer are noodle standards like pad Thai and pad woonsen, along with soups, papaya salads, and an array of house specialties such as whole snapper, crab curry, and a crispy fried branzino. Place orders for takeout and delivery on the website.
There aren’t a ton of Thai restaurants on Staten Island, but Noodlefan is a solid option with reliable delivery. A soup selection is pleasantly diverse, with standards like tom yum and boat noodle soup, as well as lesser-known delights like beef bone stew and a ginger-lemongrass goat soup. For a heartier bite, there’s red, yellow, and green curries as well as several fried rices. Delivery is available via Seamless, Grubhub, UberEats, and DoorDash.