Thai cuisine in New York City doesn't generally get the type of praise it deserves. People order it as a hangover cure from the confines of their couch, or lazily pick up take-out on their way back from the gym. But take a little time to understand the intricacies of Thai food, and you'll quickly realize that your cold pad thai just isn't cutting it when so many other options abound.
Take Zabb Elee in Jackson Heights, for example. They earned a well-deserved Michelin star in 2015, making it the first Thai joint to receive the prestigious honor. Or what about Uncle Boons? A fun take on Thai fare, located in a trendy eatery in downtown Manhattan, they're shelling out cocktails that will make your head spin and grilled meats that will make you sweat just looking at them.
These two spots are just the tip of the iceberg, and below you'll find 10 worthy restaurants that will surely shift your Thai-brain from Thursday take-out to Saturday's main event. For every budget, and nearly every corner of the city, our list breaks down the spots you can't miss.
Ready to dive right in? Pack up your chopsticks and join us on a whirlwind tour of the best Thai in New York City.