Over the last two decades, Thai restaurants have been one of the fastest growing dining segments in New York City. Ever since the advent of places specializing in regional cuisines, the Thai scene has been more exciting than ever before. Today, there’s the fiery food of Isan in the northeast, the mellower food of Chiang Mai near the Burmese border, oodles of noodles from Sukhothai, the curries of central and southern Thailand, the urban cuisine of Bangkok (including the unique food of its Chinatown), and the Malaysian-leaning gastronomy of the peninsula.
But the pandemic has been tough on Thai restaurants, too, and many closed as a result. Those we’ve lost include Bennie’s in downtown near City Hall, Pam Real Thai in Hell’s Kitchen, Kiin Thai in the Village, and Pye Boat Cafe on the East Side, though the Astoria location remains open for a great bowl of noodles and a drink. The good news is that many new places have arisen to replace them — along with highly recommended old favorites in this map.
Note: This is an updated version of a map originally published in 2017.
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