Take a culinary journey and experience some Thai restaurants in NYC. You will be happily whisked to a country far, far away by the tastes, smells and sensations of Thailand. This a land replete with fascinating culture and enduring love of their history and rich ancestry.

  1. Holy Basil Thai Restaurant in the East Village. Explore this popular low key Thai place with intimate lighting and flickering candles that splay artfully on the walls and ceiling. Pad Thai and Bangkok Duck are deliciously done. The curried and seafood dishes are tasty with their adventurous spice blends and appealing plating with an average price of $15 for meals. Delicious vegetarian options are a popular trend and East Villagers have affectionately labeled this as their favorite neighborhood Thai dining experience. 149 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003, (212) 460-5557.
  2. Q2 Thai Restaurant in Hell’s Kitchen. You will find quality and quantity in food and flavor which equals it’s heady name Q2. Light appetizers such as tamarind and peanut dipping sauce for summer rolls nicely offsets the spicy and aromatic blends in their generous portioned meals. A specialty is Pad Ped Marinated meat grilled with red chili paste, kaffir lime and basil leaves. 789 9th Ave., New York, NY 10019, (212) 262-2236.
  3. Kittichai Thai Cuisine in SoHo’s Thompson Hotel. Innovative Chef Ian Chalermkittichai offers contemporary and trendy Thai culinary sensations. Some irresistible favorites are baked Chilean Sea Bass marinated in Yellow Salted Beans; Spicy Duck with Hawaiian Relish and Pan-seared Bronzini, Shanhai Shoots in a Spiced Chili Broth. The dining space is designed in a sleek and sexy geometric manner with atmospheric lighting to add to the magic and romance seen and felt in the mystical aromas and pleasant taste sensations. This place successfully represents--upscale Thai dining meets eccentric Asian interior design elegance. 60 Thompson St. New York, NY 10012. (212) 219-2000.
  4. Jaiya Thai Oriental Restaurant since 1978. This Thai restaurant is 2010 Michelin Guide Recommended among other acclaims for its exquisite food and impeccable service. Jaiya is the celebration of victory and this is the place to come and celebrate your success in life, in business, in love. They exude a passion for Thai cuisine and teach customers that are new to this experience the subtleties of its flavors and appeal. Main courses include Pad Khing: stir fried meat, ginger, mushrooms, onion, soy bean paste, oyster sauce and scallion; Pad Gra Praw and Pad Preaw Wan. Desserts are heavenly and light like fresh mango and sticky rice. The popular Curry Bar with Red, Green and Yellow choices combined with coconut milk, chilies and Thai basil selections bring loyal patrons clamoring back again and again. A mystical ambiance that will carry you away is what Jaiya offers. 396 3rd Ave., New York, NY, (212) 889-1330.
  5. Prem-on Thai Restaurant on the south border of Greenwich Village. Contemporary dining rooms decorated with traditional statues and Thai themes by Thida Thongthai. Impressive accolades can be found in The NY Times and by many critics that love this trendy, authentic and fun dining experience in the Village. Chef Prakit offers a reflection of his passion for Thai cuisine with such creations as Thai Orange Duck, Grilled “Tokyo” Sirloin and Crispy Basil Jumbo Shrimp. 138 W. Houston St., New York, NY 10012, (212) 353-2338.