Pam Real Thai

Thai Restaurant$$$$
Hell's Kitchen, New York
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  • The experts at The New York Times and Village Voice recommend this place
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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)
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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
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
    Upvoted 4 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Matthew R.
    Matthew ReichNovember 17, 2013
    Awesome Thai food and friendly staff. Reserve a table on Groupon Reserve to get 25% off. Great value!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Jordan K.
    Jordan KongMarch 13, 2013
    Get take-out from here, the restaurant atmosphere isn't great. Go for the Green Curry!
  • New York D.
    New York Dog NannyDecember 27, 2014
    Don't miss the crab fried rice or the yum crispy duck. Ever.
  • Amber
    AmberMarch 17, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    The Pad See Ew, Khao Soi Gai and Green Curry Fried Rice = my usual order.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Leah M.
    Leah M.September 17, 2013
    Delicious, extremely fair prices, no decor - come for the tastes, not the scene
  • Julia M.
    Julia MJanuary 16, 2014
    Oxtail soup! Delicious for the winter time. Tangy and spicy.
  • Paul M.
    Paul MayDecember 13, 2012
    Wonderful Thai food. Really enjoyed the Panang curry with shrimp.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchDecember 30, 2012
    Spicy chicken with red curry paste and green beans; solid favorite
  • 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.
  • wenting x.
    wenting xieAugust 19, 2013
    My to go place for pad Thai. The sauce is amazing!
  • 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!
  • Jing Jing L.
    Jing Jing LiMarch 14
    I've eaten here 3 times now and every time, my dish and my friend's dish was over-salted.
  • Glafira Elena C.
    Glafira Elena CarrAugust 14, 2011
    If you like spicy, get the Pad Key Mao with mixed seafood. Om nom nom.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Claire S.
    Claire S.April 5, 2013
    Some of the best Thai in the city - and they finally take cards!
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldFebruary 21, 2010
    Best things about this place - PAD KEY MAO which is delicious; all the appetizers; and Pam is almost always there and super-friendly
  • Tripp W.
    Tripp WarrenJanuary 3, 2011
    Best Thai food I've had in the city. Hae Kern and Pad Thai are incredible. Truly authentic.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 13, 2015
    Decent food at low prices, but extremely slow service on a fairly quiet Sunday night. Worth keeping in mind if you're in any rush.
  • Zayed K.
    Zayed KhanApril 13, 2015
    Skip the pumpkin red curry. Stick with the recommended dishes indicated on the menu.
  • Justin W.
    Justin WilliamsApril 19, 2014
    Everything was excellent! Really good Thai food!
  • Paul M.
    Paul MayFebruary 25, 2013
    Massamun curry with seafood is really delicious.
  • jenny z.
    jenny zSeptember 20, 2013
    Crispy duck and oxtail soup. that's the way to go
  • Jess
    JessFebruary 3, 2012
    The mussels appetizer is a good deal for the dollars.
  • Patrick K.
    Patrick KanaleyJuly 24, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cash only, but worth it. Try the pad see eil.
  • Eddie M.
    Eddie MurphyAugust 1, 2013
    Tasty! Order the duck and the Pad Lee Mao.
  • Serena
    SerenaNovember 27, 2014
    Came based on good things I heard about the oxtail soup. Maybe it was a bad batch but I was extremely disappointed. Much too fatty and the smell was awful. I felt so bad for leaving half of it.
  • Karan M.
    Karan MainiMarch 15, 2013
    The papaya salad is quite nice, pork in basil not so much
  • Benjamin H.
    Benjamin HaasSeptember 21, 2012
    Get the khao soi. And bring cash - they don't take credit.
  • Kareem W.
    Kareem WilliamsApril 13, 2011
    Good food. The restaurant does not take cards...make sure you have cash on you.
  • Eric E.
    Eric EnrightJanuary 13, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is fantastic, but this place does not mess around when they call something "hot and spicy." Consider yourself warned.
  • Roger S.
    Roger SchonfeldFebruary 21, 2010
    Also, I'm not a vegetarian, but they will gladly substitute tofu for meat and happily make it taste delicious.
  • Bruce W.
    Bruce WagnerJanuary 22, 2010
    Tom Yum Soup is great. Pad Key Map with chicken is to die for.... and great prices too.
  • Lawrence H.
    Lawrence HOctober 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If you can handle your spice, get the Goong Yai with Spicy Lime juice
  • Richard P.
    Richard PelzerJuly 22, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Love there food... best Thai in New York City!!!
  • Ainars R.
    Ainars RazumovskisJuly 23, 2014
    Great service, tasty menu. Mmmm
  • Taylor C.
    Taylor CurtisApril 29, 2012
    Pad see eil is awesome! And beers are only $4!!
  • Nick R.
    Nick RunyanNovember 6, 2014
    Good larb. Decent curries.
  • MiBa .
    MiBa 👳🏼🕉📿January 4, 2013
    ~~~~ 5 star Yum Crispy Duck ~~~~
  • Cristina F.
    Cristina FrankJune 8, 2010
    The best thai food I've had in the city! Be careful it can be spicy...
  • Eloi G.
    Eloi GuterresMay 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food, great service, great prices. Unmissable!
  • Ian S.
    Ian SaludaresFebruary 27, 2013
    Best oxtail soup in the city.
  • Patrick
    PatrickOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing Thai. Best in HK.
  • Curtis S.
    Curtis ShoungAugust 16, 2014
    No joke. Waited over an hour for food because they were busy serving gone large party upstairs and take out orders. Multiple parties left while we waited...
  • Lady Gel :.
    Lady Gel : )October 7, 2011
    Crab rice is to die for!
  • Marco V.
    Marco VGLNovember 25, 2011
    Try the Pad Kee Mao w/ Chicken - Omg...
  • Gerald J.
    Gerald J.March 26, 2011
    I don't care how good the reviews are about the food at Pam Real Thai, the service is horrendous!
  • Brandon L.
    Brandon Lacy CamposJuly 31, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the crispy basil pork!
  • Shawn Paul M.
    Shawn Paul MazurOctober 13, 2011
    Hands down the best thai food in HK!
  • Al S.
    Al SilversteinApril 25, 2010
    Best Thai in the city. Order the crispy duck dish.
  • Sashul'ka
    Sashul'kaJune 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    THe Red Curry is the best
  • Jhoana O.
    Jhoana ONovember 23, 2009
    a little on the salty side but good. reco: pad see ew, calamari, pad kra prow
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GirardSeptember 21, 2014
    This place is past it's prime, Ox Tail soup was not great.
  • melissa m.
    melissa mJanuary 11, 2011
    Amazing!!! This place is the best Thai around.
  • Liz D.
    Liz DugasApril 13, 2014
    Get the Massaman!
  • nantini r.
    nantini rauchJune 16, 2010
    sawasadee ka: duck salad, woon sen, beef jerky & sticky rice please!
  • Jineen C.
    Jineen CarcamoJuly 15, 2014
    You could skip this place. Ordered chix pad thai for lunch - got stale chewy flavour less noodles.
  • Joe S.
    Joe SerranoApril 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    This location is cool but 47th street is cooler. Say hi to Pam!
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BenoitSeptember 10, 2011
    Kaeng Tai Pla is no f'ing joke. I'm pretty sure it just cured my cold... and whatever else may have been ailing me.
  • Benjamin B.
    Benjamin BlackNovember 23, 2014
    Cheap booze.
  • An N.
    An NguyenApril 16, 2011
    Try the sticky rice and mango.
  • Bruce C.
    Bruce C.March 23, 2012
    ordered the vegetarian basil duck. most horrendous, salty, nasty Thai food I have ever had. service was mediocre. doubt I will go back.
  • Phil C.
    Phil CuykendallNovember 13, 2009
    beware any dish with more than three peppers on the menu. you will cry
  • E C.
    E CabreraJanuary 20, 2013
    Anchovy rice rules all.
  • Erinn P.
    Erinn PerryApril 9, 2011
    Pumpkin red curry is the greatest!
  • Liz D.
    Liz DugasApril 13, 2014
    So so so so good
  • vitaliy
    vitaliyJuly 29, 2015
    Супер,супер,супер!!! Очень вкусно,собственно настоящая тайская еда
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