"Zabb Elee" is a Thai saying used when a dish is extremely spicy (always in a good way)
Winner of Best Use of Blood in the Village Voice 2011 Best Of issue! The nam tok is a savory soup that makes amazing use of pigs blood for flavor.
Pad Ped Moo Korb for something hot. Larb Ped for something cool. Brace yourself for something amazing.
The Isan Thai fare here isn't as good as it used to be, but it's still some of our favorite in Manhattan.
Not sure why ppl say they have bad service, but I've been here multiple times and they're always super nice, attentive and helpful. Best Tom Yum soup ever.
Regional (northeast) Thai food. Best pork-liver larb in Manhattan! The sticky rice is traditional in northeast Thailand.
Medium spicy is pretty damn spicy
Larb Gai is super tasty - best I've had in Manhattan.
Try the crispy whole tilapia, and duck larb.
Northeastern-Thai/Laotian style. One of the most flavorful and spicy of it's kind in Manhattan.
You can't come here and not get the Papaya salad to start! Pukk Boong Fai Dang and Moo Tod Kratiem are super flavorful dishes.
No Americanized BS here. Yes that means no mild curries, no sweetish, tomato-y creamy sauces. All round authentic spicy aromatic goodness that warms my tummy and soul.
Kao Moo Dang: sweet glazed pork and sausage with rice, hard boiled egg, and cucumber. The trick is to cut up the egg and cucumber. Mix it up a bit. Pour a little sweet glaze over it all and chow down!
Everything is spicy so prepare your tongues.
Yum Kai Dao, pad ped proam are my favorites here. Beer Lao light, which can be hard to find in the city. Love this place.
Noodle soup = win!
Zabb Elee means 'INSANELY SPICEY.' Food from North Thailand, the spiciest region of them all.
Get the morning glory with crispy pork
Best papaya salad place I have had outside of Thailand. Stick to the Isaan fare ( spicy salads and grilled meats) that's their speciality.
Terrible service and very rude
Duck laab and morning glory with crispy pork all the way!
Most authentic restaurant in NYC. For anything, ever. Get a Som Tum papaya salad and some larb. But bathrooms are unheated.
Everything you know about Thai Cuisine was wrong, but Zabb Elee can show you the world.
food was pretty icky and bland. plus, everything came out way too fast after it was ordered... like they have a vat of already prepared food in the back.
Delicious papaya salad!
Get the chicken heart skewers!
In addition to the papaya salads. The tom yum noodle soup is great.
Best somtum in US
Get the papaya salad..
Get the papaya salad (any of the 7 types), the fried frog legs and sauteed morning glory!
They have the best green papaya salad in the city! 7 different versions. Huge portion!
try the birthday party
The yums are yummy!
You won’t find Pad Thai or drunken noodles at this traditional Isan Thai restaurant, but dishes are spicy and rich in flavor. It’s better than the average Thai joint, and just as affordable.
Not the usual Thai, get anything with crispy pork at this special regional Thai Isaan restaurant
Pukk Boong Fai Dang aka sauteed Morning Glory with Thai chili - just makes you want to take another bite after you've had the sweet/spicy flavors exploding in your mouth at the same time. YUM YUM =9
My go to's: som tom korat, morning glory with chilis, grilled squid, larb pla dook. The spice level is on a scale of 1-5. I usually do a mix of 3 and 4. It is legit spicy. You've been warned.
This offshoot of a popular Jackson Heights cafe brings authentic Isaan Thai food to the East Village. A word of caution to the weak of tongue: food can be mouth-searingly spicy here.
Issan Thai style food, i.e. very spicy! The steamed prawn salad was fresh and balanced in flavors whilst the Crispy Pork was like eating leather, although tasty sauce.
mouth on fire but so so good.. all of it.
Get the ground duck salad, first item on the menu. Amazing. Also, this place gets your food to you faster than a fast food joint, yet is a million times better.
Best som tum in NY! Be careful, though, it's really spicy!
The Kai Tod and Kana Moo Krob are awesome. Get your meals with sticky rice, like the real deal.
Try the som tum with peanuts and dried shrimp, pork larb, moo yang (grilled pork), or chinese broccoli with crispy pork (kana moo korb).