Thai Restaurant Review in the Broadway Theater district In New York City
Pam Real Thai Food
404 West 49th street (between 9th and 10th avenues)
Phone: (212) 333-7500/7240
We can’t lie to you. Thai food is abundant in midtown. It’s not terribly pricey and hard to ruin too badly… but once you eat here, you may not ever want to go anywhere else again.
On the corner of 49th street is our favorite Thai spot in New York. Luckily for theater goers, it’s also in midtown. A hole-in-the-wall, you could miss the dark blue sign altogether if you walk too fast but once you try the spicy red curry ($7.00) you may be hooked for life. This little 50-seater can have lines out the door if you hit it at peek times but if you head over before 6:00pm you can dine till your heart’s content and make it to your 8:00pm curtain call with time to spare. You really can’t go wrong with any choice of appetizers here. The Thai dumplings are tasty ($5.95) and the papaya salad ($4.95) was refreshing, but no need to fill up there. Head straight for the curries and the duck. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. The Kra Prow duck was and crispy flavorful while their curries clear up nasal passages while delighting the soul. We fought over the pad thai ($6.95) though we don’t know how it was possible with the enormous portion they gave us. We couldn’t find anything on the menu we didn’t want to come back and eat more of. They have no liquor license, so bring your own bottle if you’d like a drink (there are numerous liquor stores within a few blocks on 9th avenue) or order a thai iced tea to cool your burning lips. When the total bill comes to $25 and three of you just gorged, don’t run telling too many people…it’s crowded enough already.
860 9th Avenue (Between 55th and 56th Street)
Thought not much to look at, Thai Basil is a gem for theater go-ers in need for some good food with not a lot of waiting time.
Recommended dishes: Beef Satay, Mee Grob, Red Curry, Pad Si-eww, Pad Thai
Price Range: Lunch: appetizers ($3-$6), entrees ($6-$14) Lunch box specials: $5.95-$7.95
Dinner: Same as above