Zabb Elee

75 2nd Ave (btwn E 4th & 5th), New York, NY 10003
Hours:
Closed until 11:30am (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
Price:
$ $ $ $
Menus:
Brunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.3/10

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  • "Larb Gai is super tasty - best I've had in..." (11 tips)
  • "... have the best green papaya salad in the city! 7 different versions. Huge..." (7 tips)
  • "... a dish is extremely spicy (always in a good way)" (21 tips)
  • Time Out New York

    Try the spicy and sweet kai tod, Asian fried chicken with a garlicky marinade, sweet chili dipping sauce and succulent flesh. It’s one of our #100best dishes and drinks of 2011. Read more

    Time Out New York · October 5, 2011
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  • Nina Y.

    "Zabb Elee" is a Thai saying used when a dish is extremely spicy (always in a good way)

    Nina Y. · May 11, 2011
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  • Noah W.

    SeriousEats loves this place. Recommended dishes: Toam Zabb soup with chili, Pad Ped Moo Korb (stir fry), and Kra Pao. Read more

    Noah W. · May 11, 2011
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  • Village Voice

    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.

    Village Voice · November 14, 2011
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  • Raja L.

    Pad Ped Moo Korb for something hot. Larb Ped for something cool. Brace yourself for something amazing.

    Raja L. · April 9, 2012
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  • Serious Eats

    The Isan Thai fare here isn't as good as it used to be, but it's still some of our favorite in Manhattan.

    Serious Eats · September 15, 2013
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  • The Wall Street Journal

    The larb salad features ground meat seasoned with mint, lime, cilantro and scallions. It's cool and refreshing, perfect for the summer. Read more

    The Wall Street Journal · April 6, 2012
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  • Orchid L.

    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.

    Orchid L. · July 22, 2012
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  • Andrew C.

    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!

    Andrew C. · April 9, 2013
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  • Cathy M.

    Larb Gai is super tasty - best I've had in Manhattan.

    Cathy M. · September 13, 2012
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  • Christen D.

    Medium spicy is pretty damn spicy

    Christen D. · September 7, 2011
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  • Dr G.

    Regional (northeast) Thai food. Best pork-liver larb in Manhattan! The sticky rice is traditional in northeast Thailand.

    Dr G. · May 9, 2011
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  • Jun L.

    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.

    Jun L. · August 14, 2013
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  • Victoria W.

    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.

    Victoria W. · May 9, 2013
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  • Nami M.

    Everything is spicy so prepare your tongues.

    Nami M. · February 15, 2013
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  • Jasmine M.

    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.

    Jasmine M. · November 8, 2012
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  • Jen Y.

    Noodle soup = win!

    Jen Y. · November 6, 2012
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  • Real Cheap Eats

    The Som Tum Kortmuar hides a slew of unexpected goodies in a pile of rice noodles and shredded fruit: slices of pork sausage, raw Thai eggplant, crunchy fried fish, pork skin & tangy pickled cabbage. Read more

    Real Cheap Eats · November 5, 2012
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  • Greg T.

    Shits spicy.

    Greg T. · October 12, 2012
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  • Tim d.

    Zabb Elee means 'INSANELY SPICEY.' Food from North Thailand, the spiciest region of them all.

    Tim d. · September 22, 2012
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  • Vania K.

    Get the morning glory with crispy pork

    Vania K. · June 2, 2012
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  • Chan T.

    Best papaya salad place I have had outside of Thailand. Stick to the Isaan fare ( spicy salads and grilled meats) that's their speciality.

    Chan T. · March 8, 2012
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  • Anjali A.

    Terrible service and very rude

    Anjali A. · January 10, 2012
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  • Lidia

    Bad service

    Lidia · August 10, 2011
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  • Eze U.

    Try the crispy whole tilapia, and duck larb.

    Eze U. · July 7, 2011
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  • Dat N.

    Northeastern-Thai/Laotian style. One of the most flavorful and spicy of it's kind in Manhattan.

    Dat N. · May 16, 2011
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  • Wedee K.

    Duck laab and morning glory with crispy pork all the way!

    Wedee K. · March 14
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  • Asim J.

    Most authentic restaurant in NYC. For anything, ever. Get a Som Tum papaya salad and some larb. But bathrooms are unheated.

    Asim J. · March 14
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  • Luke K.

    Everything you know about Thai Cuisine was wrong, but Zabb Elee can show you the world.

    Luke K. · February 9
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  • alissa s.

    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.

    alissa s. · January 16
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  • Cary L.

    Delicious papaya salad!

    Cary L. · January 5
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  • Kevin W.

    Get the chicken heart skewers!

    Kevin W. · December 1, 2013
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  • Jun L.

    In addition to the papaya salads. The tom yum noodle soup is great.

    Jun L. · October 13, 2013
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  • BB M.

    Best somtum in US

    BB M. · September 13, 2013
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  • Emmanual

    Get the papaya salad..

    Emmanual · September 3, 2013
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  • Siyun F.

    Get the papaya salad (any of the 7 types), the fried frog legs and sauteed morning glory!

    Siyun F. · August 26, 2013
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  • Siyun F.

    They have the best green papaya salad in the city! 7 different versions. Huge portion!

    Siyun F. · August 25, 2013
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  • Scott G.

    try the birthday party

    Scott G. · August 18, 2013
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  • D

    The yums are yummy!

    D · August 15, 2013
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  • Urban Compass

    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.

    Urban Compass · July 24, 2013
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  • Ramon W.

    Not the usual Thai, get anything with crispy pork at this special regional Thai Isaan restaurant

    Ramon W. · July 23, 2013
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  • Eliza

    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

    Eliza · June 20, 2013
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  • Jen L.

    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.

    Jen L. · June 14, 2013
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  • Village Voice

    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.

    Village Voice · June 3, 2013
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  • Madam W.

    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.

    Madam W. · May 16, 2013
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  • Lisa P.

    mouth on fire but so so good.. all of it.

    Lisa P. · May 15, 2013
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  • Adam K.

    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.

    Adam K. · April 28, 2013
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  • Cameron M.

    Best som tum in NY! Be careful, though, it's really spicy!

    Cameron M. · April 9, 2013
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  • Joe F.

    The Kai Tod and Kana Moo Krob are awesome. Get your meals with sticky rice, like the real deal.

    Joe F. · March 1, 2013
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  • Kathryn Y.

    Try the som tum with peanuts and dried shrimp, pork larb, moo yang (grilled pork), or chinese broccoli with crispy pork (kana moo korb).

    Kathryn Y. · November 12, 2011
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