"I've learned that giving up is not my choice," says Ngam chef-owner Hong Thaimee as she reflects on the journey that brought her from Chiang Mai to owning New York City restaurant Ngam (99 Third Avenue, 212-777-8424).
He might be an out-of-towner, but so far, Andy Ricker hasn't found much use for the PR firms employed by most of this city's biggest restaurants--the Portland restaurateur's reputation preceded his Big Apple entrance, and since landing a year and a half ago, he's had no trouble netting press or crow ... More >>
A decade ago, the average New Yorker would be hard-pressed to name 10 destination-worthy Thai restaurants, but as the city's collective palate has expanded, so too have the options for regional cuisines from Southeast Asia; fiery, sour Northeastern Isaan flavors seem to be in particular abundance th ... More >>
On the heels of the Somtum Der opening in the East Village comes another restaurant paying homage to the northeastern Esarn (or Isaan) region of Thailand: The Union Square Qi location closed about a week ago to recast itself as Qi Esarn, and it makes its debut tonight.
Long before David Hasselhoff became a Teutonic favorite, Germany gave us the cooked-meat puck known as the hamburger, and we think it's safe to say we came away the victors in that cultural trade-off. Yes, the hamburger is America's sandwich, and as an American, it's your Xenu-given right to stuff y ... More >>
Our own Robert Sietsema stumbles upon the new and under publicized Noho bistro, Le Philosophe, and finds that it's a "wonderful place." He writes in his review of Le Philosophe that a slightly grayish "mural depicting dozens of philosophers" looms behind diners in the candlelit space. But he barely ... More >>
Williamsburg got a new thai spot from Pichet Ong and Sripraphai Tipmanee. Qi Thai Grill opened last week on N. 9th Street and the menu features a combination of small plates from Tipmanee's Woodside restaurant Sripraphai, and savory specials and desserts from Ong. Think Chiang Mai sausages and beef ... More >>
A spin-off in Elmhurst outdoes the original
Andy Ricker draws Thai-food lovers to Truckland, Brooklyn
New York is a city of ice cream lovers. And we have a pretty outstanding set of parlors to make our summer days sweeter. Here are our 10 favorite ways to cool off right now (including sorbet, soft serve, and a sandwich). Don't see your favorites here? Show them some love in the comments.
He has a new Bravo show and a recently born son, so it's a miracle that we got Curtis Stone on the line. Despite a whirlwind media day, the Top Chef Masters host gave us the scoop on Around the World in 80 Plates, traveling the world, and some destinations he'd like to re-visit. You have a new show ... More >>
LuckyRice Festival 2012 is a week-long line-up celebrating Asian food and culture. Currently in its third inaugural year, the event has an impressive roster of celebrity chefs and personalities from ethnically Asian Masaharu Morimoto, David Chang, and Anita Lo, to other big industry names like Danie ... More >>
The delectable-looking snapper is No. 25 in our 100 Days/100 Dishes series. Thailand's Center Point is one of those small Thai cafes that grew up in the long shadow of Sripraphai. It started out as a grocery (by contrast, Sripraphai began life as a bakery), but two years ago split the spac ... More >>
No pig's blood, but plenty of flavors on 34th Street
Kaeng zom sour curry, featuring shrimp or freshwater fish, is one dish that Pam Real Thai does particularly well. Yes there really is a Pam, and nine years ago she started a restaurant in Hell's Kitchen called Pam Real Thai Food that quickly rose to be one of the best Thais in Manhattan, whi ... More >>
Steak Laos at Thai Pavilion is an exercise in upscaling fusion, pretty to look at and tasty, too, but lacking a certain zing. Last week Counter Culture assayed a quartet of unfamiliar Thai restaurants located somewhat off the beaten path in Astoria and Woodside. While some extended our unde ... More >>
Poodam's thai cuisine: fire in the hole