"This place doesn't look very good," exclaimed a veteran member of my dining posse as we crawled into Talent Thai after a hard day's night of gallery hopping across town in Chelsea. Indeed, even the location on the lower slopes of Murray Hill was all wrong for one of the city's best Thais, which usually pop up in places like Elmhurst and Hell's Kitchen. Talent Thai is part of a formidable new restaurant row that has developed on East 34th Street between Second and Third avenues in the past few years, a stretch that also includes a superb Turkish café (Ali Baba) and a crowd-pleasing Peruvian chain... More >>>