Lovely Day

Lovely Day

Thai Restaurant and Café$$$$
NoLita, New York
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    Ashley K.
    "Green curry is amazing and hobo noodles spicy and delicious."(14 Tips)
    Elevine B.
    "bar downstairs"(17 Tips)
    Daniela C.
    "Love the ginger fried chicken and the michelada!"(13 Tips)
    Foxxy B.
    "Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty."(10 Tips)
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  • Elevine B.heart icon on user image
    Elevine BergeOctober 22, 2014
    Matcha! Fresh and flavoursome Thai in lovely more French style atmosphere on one of my favourite streets. Try the seaweed salad, miso soup, and don't miss out on the bar downstairs either!
  • Kayleigh H.heart icon on user image
    Kayleigh HarringtonFebruary 16, 2017
    You can't go wrong with the spicy green curry or pad Thai. Here for dinner? Check out the bar downstairs.
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyJuly 21, 2014
    Affordable lunch spot. Hobo noodles are nice and spicy. Don't upgrade to the lunch special cause the dumplings taste like they're from the dump. Order ginger fried chicken strips as an app instead.
  • Amber
    AmberJuly 5, 2021
    Been here 5+ times
    Very decent Thai food for very decent prices. And cute enough to use as a date spot but casual enough to stop in for a rushed lunch special. All around solid.
  • Noah N.
    Noah NormanAugust 24, 2016
    Lovely Day been here as long as I've lived in NYC, and while I'd be hard-pressed to find another example anywhere in the world, this is a white and Mexican-run kitchen that makes decent Thai food.
  • Danielle B.heart icon on user image
    Danielle BrizelOctober 3, 2016
    This place has a very old school vibe. The prices are very reasonable for this area. Love the crispy ginger chicken bites, seared salmon with orange sauce, and the noodle dishes. Cash and Amex ONLY!
  • Elevine B.heart icon on user image
    Elevine BergeFebruary 2, 2015
    Always lovely. Almond milk macha tea a tad but too sweet but nice. The Tom Ga coconut milk soup w shiitake and tofu is perfect warming and spicy for these cold days when you feel the flu luring.
  • Anechka M.heart icon on user image
    Anechka M.March 28, 2017
    Breakfast variety is amazing - best hollandaise that you could wish to have with your poached eggs. No queues, great service, I'm coming back for sure
  • Rob M.heart icon on user image
    Rob MacfarlaneOctober 5, 2018
    I’m a coffee fiend. I had Americanos at a few highly-rates places in SoHo, but this was the best. The egg sandwich is also terrific. Especially with the Irish sausage.
  • Jon S.heart icon on user image
    Jon SteinbackJune 27, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    really great, rarely crowded, reasonable lunch spot in soho. I definitely recommend the pineapple fried rice, but, honestly, everything is quite good.
  • Michael G.heart icon on user image
    Michael G.February 23, 2020
    Inexpensive and delicious Thai food. Order the long beans and papaya salad to start. Usually a wait on weekends but put your name down and go get a drink somewhere.
  • Holiday
    HolidayOctober 26, 2016
    Skip the British breakfast, you can do that with eyes closed at home. It's all about Thai food here. Love the original wooden 1930s counter. Get a lunch set, cheap and fresh!
  • Elsa H.
    Elsa HJuly 12, 2017
    Thai style spare ribs were good! Cozy little spot. There is a downstairs with more seating if full upstairs... which it generally is. Definitely retro, well decorated vibes.
  • Alex E.
    Alex EliasOctober 27, 2017
    This place is so good and cheap! The long beans with garlic sauce is amazing. Get the spicy green curry too!
  • Nicole F.heart icon on user image
    Nicole FormicaMay 28, 2017
    Take advantage of their great lunch special. A noodle dish of your choice, edamame and dumplings! Only accepts American Express credit cards.
  • Duzit B.heart icon on user image
    Duzit Boom boomAugust 12, 2014
    Good music. Fantastic fusion- foods for surprisingly not a lot of $$$$. From cappuccino*s to bloodymarys and breakfast!!! Dee-lish!
  • Nieki E.heart icon on user image
    Nieki EsmailiJanuary 9, 2020
    the pad thai and the ginger chicken were amazing! (note that the pad thai is a bit spicy for those who are sensitive) the vegetable dumplings were not flavorful , I’d pass on those.
  • Berk K.heart icon on user image
    Berk KapiciogluDecember 10, 2014
    An incredibly cozy restaurant with a ton of character.  Get the hobo noodle with shrimp!  This place has great service as well.  One of my favorites.
  • J Crowleyheart icon on user image
    J CrowleyAugust 1, 2014
    Stop what you're doing! If they have the pork rib and fried egg sandwich lunch special - get it right now. Even if you already ate - EAT AGAIN!
  • Elyse E.heart icon on user image
    Elyse EstradaOctober 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The burger is so amazing but it's giant! Cut in half but don't forget to put ketchup on the bottom of the bun. Have a glass of the Cotes du Rhone, it's delightful.
  • Joanne L.heart icon on user image
    Joanne LeongApril 1, 2017
    Food is okay, but love the vibe and how chill this place is. Prices are reasonable and hardly ever a wait. Go downstairs and grab a drink and some ginger fried chicken.
  • Ettedanreb G.heart icon on user image
    It's great for brunch: You have to try the pancakes with strawberries or bananas, scrumbled eggs with salmon plus salad and the great salmon sandwich with avocado!
  • Vineet S.
    Vineet ShahJuly 26, 2014
    Yes the food here is delicious but the lunch special is delicious AND great value. Pad Thai (or any noodles), steamed dumplings, and edamame for under $11.
  • Alex R.
    Alex RobertsonFebruary 19, 2017
    very reasonably priced thai food and breakfast--my noodles weren't too oily/saucy/flavorful, which is unfortunately how I like them, but the space is too cute!
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    DensFebruary 18, 2014
    Wow, this place is great. You're cheating yourself if you leave without trying the fried chicken & edamame dip apps. Not a bad old fashioned either.
  • Caroline
    CarolineJuly 20, 2019
    eclectic menu featuring Thai, Japanese, and European eats, with furniture — a marble-topped oak bar and red leatherette booths — that seem ripped from a restaurant 70 years older.
  • Abigail K.
    Abigail KofflerNovember 24, 2018
    Start with the papaya salad, so refreshing. Good cocktails too, just bring cash or an Amex.
  • Ashley K.heart icon on user image
    Ashley KaufmanAugust 20, 2013
    Definitely get ginger fried chicken and chicken satay. Green curry is amazing and hobo noodles spicy and delicious. Really great Foursquare find! Def at least a 9!
  • Ruby A.
    Ruby AnayaAugust 1, 2016
    Don't make the same mistakes I did. I was craving meat so I got the flank steak. Even with the tamarind sauce it was flavorless. The coconut curry soup was great. The service wait was not great.
  • Tim J.heart icon on user image
    Tim JulienJuly 18, 2013
    pssst - if you like the upstairs you'll love the downstairs (sshhhh)
  • Alberto S.heart icon on user image
    Alberto SimonFebruary 5, 2016
    Awesome environment with nice music and interior design. Super tasty food too!
  • Jeffrey G.heart icon on user image
    Jeffrey GlueckJuly 13, 2015
    Julienne salad with sweet chili, bok choy with ginger, fried chicken small plates make for a good lunch
  • MLOheart icon on user image
    MLOAugust 31, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Edamame dip was awesome. Seared tuna with wasabi guac was ⭐⭐⭐⭐. Head downstairs to the bar where they serve the full menu with no wait!
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    MariOctober 27, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Go downstairs after 7 but before 9 (that's when it gets crowded). Sit at the bar and listen to Ella Fitzgerald. You'll feel transported to another time.
  • Marie L.heart icon on user image
    Marie La RueJanuary 22, 2023
    Cute Thai spot in the heart of Nolita. Try the fried tofu. Cash only.
  • Kelsey✨heart icon on user image
    Kelsey✨October 12, 2018
    Cheap Thai din! Eat downstairs for a much more cozy and relaxed vibe
  • Lili B.
    Lili BazAugust 21, 2019
    Cute and cozy place. Definitely recommend the Papaya Salad, Red Curry and Pad Thai! Reasonably price. Cash only
  • CITY GRIT
    CITY GRITAugust 3, 2014
    This is one of or favorite lunch spots. We love the Lovely Day Salad, Ginger Fried Chicken, & the Long Beans!
  • Charlottesheart icon on user image
    CharlottesJanuary 14, 2017
    Adorable cozy vibes with cheap and cheerful Thai food. I echo other reviewers re the deliciousness of the ginger chicken.
  • Foxxy B.heart icon on user image
    Foxxy BOctober 4, 2015
    Quick & easy service at the bar upstairs. Ginger chicken app and the organic miso soup are filling and tasty. Hip crowd.
  • Jaime S.
    Jaime ScatenaJune 3, 2013
    Cozy little cafe with great choices of fusion Asian food. Must try the Fried Ginger chicken (lunch set for less than $10)
  • Sam B.heart icon on user image
    Sam BrownDecember 6, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Beer margarita is delicious! Lime juice, ice, salted rim glass and a beer of your choosing.
  • Nina C.heart icon on user image
    Nina CFebruary 22, 2013
    Always amazing. Also sweet lunch deal $10 for any noodle dish, veggie dumplings, eda
  • Alexheart icon on user image
    AlexSeptember 5, 2016
    the lunch specials are good. cute place and cozy setting.
  • Lorenheart icon on user image
    LorenSeptember 23, 2014
    Wow...what a hidden gem. Affordable, hip place with space for five Saturday night in Nolita? What is this, 2005?
  • Nate B.heart icon on user image
    Nate BeattyOctober 6, 2015
    Cute, cozy, and delicious. Good brunch.
  • Martin O.heart icon on user image
    Martin OngJuly 8, 2015
    Try sitting downstairs!
  • Bond Street
    Bond StreetOctober 7, 2016
    "Lovely Day is home for me in a lot of ways." - Colin Tunstall and Morgan Collett, co-founders - Saturdays Read more
  • Claudio S.heart icon on user image
    Claudio SantoriJuly 20, 2018
    Pad Thai, red curry, papaya salad, ginger chicken. Not pricy and very delicious.
  • Sarah S.heart icon on user image
    Sarah SoutherlandNovember 20, 2016
    Charming ambience, cozy (bar was crowded on a Tues night, booth was tight for 4 people). Food: not the best (pineapple fried rice was bland, ginger fired chicken dry), but hard to beat those prices
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