Pam Real Thai

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
  • Has a stamp of approval from The New York Times and Village Voice
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    • Village Voice
  • Ian S.
    "Best oxtail soup in the city."(10 Tips)
    Joel G.
    "Come with a friend and split the Pad See Eil and the Kao Soi."(5 Tips)
    Benjamin H.
    "Get the khao soi."(4 Tips)
    New York D.
    "Don't miss the crab fried rice or the yum crispy duck."(6 Tips)
113 Tips and reviews
  • Thai food
  • pad see eil
  • oxtail soup
  • spicy food
  • khao soi
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  • C
    CApril 18, 2015
    I ordered vegetarian duck with basil sauce. Although it's a little salty and spicy, it's very delicious. If you have a big group, ask the waiter to let you sit upstairs, where is spacious and quiet.
  • Sanjyot
    SanjyotOctober 3, 2013
    I'm a huge-ass Thai fan and when I say the curry puffs here are little fried drops of heaven U take my word for it. Padthai is good too. A bit to the sweeter side. Thai iced coffee is super chill.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RAugust 27, 2014
    Once this was the best thai in Manhattan but it has long since been eclipsed by Zabb Elee, Larb Ubol, Somtum Der and others. Still, good for some unusual dishes (khao soi, anchovy rice)
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 15, 2014
    At Pam's, where sharp sour, salty, and fishy flavors are promulgated. Noodle dishes and yum are particularly recommended, as is duck with chile sauce. Read more
  • Chantilly
    ChantillyAugust 3, 2013
    Got the Tom Kha Noodle which was a sweet and mild creamy coconut milk chicken noodle soup. Their Pad Thai is different from what I'm used to but still good. The Pad See Eil looked delicious.
  • Vanessa G.
    Vanessa GatlinDecember 9, 2013
    BuzzFeed says: "Oxtail soup for $11.99...truly spicy, exciting Thai food can be hard to find in Manhattan, but this is the real deal. Herbs, chilis, fish sauce, tamarind, lime etc."
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenOctober 4, 2016
    Not fancy but very authentic flavors. Love Chef Pam, wish she still had her location in NJ. Love their curries and basil fried rice.
  • Brook F.
    Brook FrazierAugust 30, 2014
    Best home cooking I've had in New York. No frills here, but the food is on point. Panang curry. tom yum koong, and Thai beef jerky are my go-tos
  • Francis U.
    Francis UdlerSeptember 22, 2013
    Very good food. I had one of the crispy duck dishes very unique and tasty although i thought the sauce was too watery. Massaman curry was also very good but on the sweeter side.
  • Jennifer B.
    Jennifer BDecember 18, 2011
    Best Thai in the city. Cash only. Order the Kaow Soi (#2 on the special menu) if you like a hearty soup and enjoy the feeling of lighting your mouth on fire.
  • Erika N.
    Erika NonkenJuly 11, 2013
    Seriously good, really authentic Thai, with menu options you won't find anywhere else in the city. And ignore the other tips: they DO accept credit cards, not cash only.
  • Nat H.
    Nat HarwardDecember 10, 2013
    Oxtail Soup: "This is the real deal. Herbs, chilis, fish sauce, tamarind, lime, and crispy fried shallots liven up the intense beef broth." Read more
  • Payne G.
    Payne GarciaDecember 2, 2010
    OMG! I think I'm going thaiwanese I really think so! This place is amazing. At first I thought the name: Real Thai food was a joke, but it's true. This is the best REAL Thai in NYC....totes!!
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeckermanJune 27, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my favorite Thai joint in NYC! I love everything. Chicken dumplings, duck Penang curry, etc. Pam is my hero! - the foodie magician :)
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsApril 11, 2013
    Not the best Thai food in the city but they do a decent rendition of the Northern Thai specialty khao soi.
  • Ted R.
    Ted ReyesDecember 13, 2013
    They had me at crispy pork with brocolli and the Ox tail soup. They are amazing.
  • Adna
    AdnaJanuary 16, 2015
    Ordered the fried calamari and the pad kee mao. The calamari was served piping hot and was fried to perfection. The pad kee mao was very well seasoned.
  • John A.
    John AntosSeptember 27, 2014
    Fresh thai food.. Veggie eggplant was good without too much sauce or salt, som tum also quite fresh without overpowering fish sauce salty taste. But not as spicy as I like.
  • Sophia K.
    Sophia KangJune 25, 2013
    Go straight for oxtail soup. Look no more. Recommended by a Thai foodie as one of the most authentic Thai in city.
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MJanuary 15, 2013
    Use the restroom first! I sat, ordered, ate and before I left I used the restroom and as I'm standing I see a small roach just walking around the door... This bathroom is directly next to the kitchen
  • Anne K.
    Anne KassamApril 27, 2011
    For real thai: get the kaow soi, crunchy noodles on the side. Have a glass of thai iced tea and plenty of napkins on hand. SO. AMAZING.
  • Joel G.
    Joel GoldmanDecember 25, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Come with a friend and split the Pad See Eil and the Kao Soi. Don't forget the Thai Iced Tea!
  • Nancy H.
    Nancy HeOctober 10, 2014
    Pad thai and pad kee mao. Great flavors, although on the saltier side, and really hit the spot.
  • Josh B.
    Josh BeckermanMarch 30, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This is my Favorite NYC Thai joint! Amazing dumplings, amazing duck panang curry, magical everything!
  • Lia M.
    Lia MartinezAugust 28, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The ox tail soup is the best soup in the world, especially when its cold out. I still dream of it.
  • The New York Times
    The New York TimesAugust 27, 2010
    Thai home cooking in Clinton. A rich oxtail soup sets the tone. Salad with sausage, crispy duck and fried rice explodes it into harmony.
  • Colleen N.
    Colleen Newvine TebeauOctober 21, 2009
    Some of the best Thai I've ever had. Atmo is totally lacking but food will make up for it. Start with soup and chive dumplings. I love mock duck salad, tofu with basil, drunken noodles. Mmm.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ReichNovember 17, 2013
    Awesome Thai food and friendly staff. Reserve a table on Groupon Reserve to get 25% off. Great value!
  • Ben M.
    Ben MackeyDecember 27, 2014
    Food is not that great, but they usually have tables when other places nearby are busy. Don't get the Jungle curry - get the Massaman, Rendang or Pad See Eil instead. It is however, cheap.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongMarch 13, 2013
    Get take-out from here, the restaurant atmosphere isn't great. Go for the Green Curry!
  • Amber
    AmberMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The Pad See Ew, Khao Soi Gai and Green Curry Fried Rice = my usual order.
  • New York D.
    New York Dog NannyDecember 27, 2014
    Don't miss the crab fried rice or the yum crispy duck. Ever.
  • William J.
    William JenningsFebruary 25, 2013
    Get the oxtail soup, Tom yum, papaya salad, get Thai iced tea, get everything they say us fresh right now.
  • Julia M.
    Julia MJanuary 16, 2014
    Oxtail soup! Delicious for the winter time. Tangy and spicy.
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.September 17, 2013
    Delicious, extremely fair prices, no decor - come for the tastes, not the scene
  • Paul M.
    Paul MayDecember 13, 2012
    Wonderful Thai food. Really enjoyed the Panang curry with shrimp.
  • Kristen M.
    Kristen MurphyNovember 28, 2010
    Do you like spicy food and duck? Get the duck in chili sauce & get ready for the heat! Steamed chive dumplings are great for vegetarians!
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchDecember 30, 2012
    Spicy chicken with red curry paste and green beans; solid favorite
  • Jing Jing L.
    Jing Jing LiMarch 14, 2017
    I've eaten here 3 times now and every time, my dish and my friend's dish was over-salted.
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchJune 19, 2010
    thai beef jerky/sticky rice is spicy goodness w the dipping sauce. duck salad, woon sen salad, pad thai, spicy ass chicken curry
  • wenting x.
    wenting xieAugust 19, 2013
    My to go place for pad Thai. The sauce is amazing!
  • Christine A.
    Christine AliferisFebruary 5, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Steamed Thai dumplings. Green or Red Curry. I always ask for extra Bamboo shoots. Say Hi to Pam. You'll have to leave Manhattan for better Thai food.
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon Lacy CamposJuly 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Thai Food in the city. Oxtail and crispy basil pork are the best.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KanaleySeptember 17, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Solid Thai for around $10. They take cards now too.
  • Konstantin K.
    Konstantin KlyaginNovember 11, 2014
    Loud as hell on a busy night, but the line is shorter than other nearby Thai joints and food is authentic.
  • alaprochain
    alaprochainMay 31, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Great oxtail soup, great fried calamari, great steamed prawn with lime juice (really spicy though), good value of Thai iced tea!
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Glafira Elena CarrAugust 14, 2011
    If you like spicy, get the Pad Key Mao with mixed seafood. Om nom nom.
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.April 5, 2013
    Some of the best Thai in the city - and they finally take cards!
  • An X.
    An XiaoApril 15, 2010
    The salmon with the 5 chili pepper rating is totally doable if you get the Thai ice tea and pace yourself. Good for sharing!
  • ✨Pun B.
    ✨Pun Bandhu ✨October 10, 2010
    Better than the Pam's on 47th. Hard to find classics like anchovy fried rice. So good! Cash only
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