The Holy Basil - Closed

149 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10003


  • Sun 4pm-11pm, Mon-Thu 5pm-11:30pm, Fri 5pm-12am, Sat 4pm-12am
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout
  • Dinner
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted
It's not often that Thai restaurants are described as romantic, but there is a reason you'll find this East Village restaurant populated mostly with couples. Walk up an unassuming apartment building stairway, turn left, and you'll find the entrance. Inside, the dimly lit dining room is decorated with Buddha statues. Heavy curtains section off parts of the restaurant while another stairway leads up to an intimate room with views of warmly lit Second Avenue below. The menu isn't exactly groundbreaking, but the solid preparation of Thai classics and the reasonable prices make it a nice place for a cheap date. There is even a vegetarian menu if you don't eat meat. Entrees such as the whole striped bass in red chili sauce and sliced crispy duck sautéed with Thai basil are available if you want something a little more upscale. There is a full bar too, with Thai beers, a few Asian-inspired specialty cocktails and a small international wine list.—Keith Wagstaff


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