Zabb Elee

(Now Closed)
Thai Restaurant$$$$
East Village, New York
  • The experts at Time Out New York and The Wall Street Journal recommend this place
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  • Lindsay T.
    Great lunch specials come with drink, salad, appetizer, and entree! All for 9.95 (3/2017)!!
  • Austin
    AustinMarch 27
    it's not Zabb Elee anymore. and it's not good.
  • Frank R.
    Different kind of Thai than you are used to.
  • Ernesto G.
    Ernesto GutierrezAugust 20, 2016
    For those looking for truly spicy dishes, remember to bring it up when you order. Nobody will bring it up if you don't. Very flavorful dishes at this place.
  • Valentin G.
    Valentin GuerinApril 30, 2016
    Papaya salad, cocktails, everything is good (and spicy)!
  • C R.
    C RJanuary 3, 2016
    Best Thai in city!! Papaya salad, morning glory and larb are amazing. But the specialties take this place over the top... get the coconut durian sticky rice dessert!
  • Jess H.
    Jess HueyNovember 18, 2015
    Duck larb is good but Tom yum soup is delicious
  • Tiffany
    TiffanyNovember 16, 2015
    A huge variety of Thai food. Get the duck larb, papaya salad and the tom yum soup with a side of rice or noodle.
  • Holly S.
    Holly StairNovember 1, 2015
    Everything is amazing.
  • Anna V.
    Anna VSeptember 5, 2015
    Try the chicken hearts.
  • Emily W.
    Emily WilsonAugust 19, 2015
    Their larb is spicy and flavorful. Get some rice to go with it!
  • Raphael L.
    Raphael LangenscheidtAugust 7, 2015
    Too spicy for me - as already stated by Ryan Ambs.
  • Alice Eunjin
    Alice EunjinAugust 1, 2015
    Great, authentic food. Slow, awkward service
  • Laurence G.
    Laurence GirardJuly 9, 2015
    Spent a month in Thailand eating street food. This place hit the spot. It's Northern Thai and their spice levels are real Thai too: medium is American hot (same as in Thailand). Noms!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SchulweisJuly 3, 2015
    Really good, legit Thai food. No joke on the spice/heat!
  • Caroline S.
    Caroline SchulweisJune 28, 2015
    The drunken seafood noodles and chicken and broccoli dishes were my favorites. Great casual spot with authentic Thai food. Gets spicy!
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinJune 25, 2015
    do: fried chicken, red snapper special, don't: pad Thai
  • Seth F.
    Larb moo, essam sour sausage, morning glory with crispy pork, papaya salad with dried shrimp
  • Evan S.
    Evan SmithJune 9, 2015
    The papaya salads are so good I haven't tried anything else.
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyJune 5, 2015
    somtum is sinus clearing spicy. Duck larb is good but steamed shrimp salad is better
  • Jane P.
    Jane PoretskyJune 5, 2015
    The noodle dish just below pad Thai (can't recall the name) is amazing. thick rice noodles with sweet sticky sauce and basil, peppers onions. so good
  • Kyle M.
    Kyle MannMarch 29, 2015
    They do not honor online reservations.
  • Ryan M.
    Ryan MatznerMarch 28, 2015
    The seafood soup is insane!
  • Evan F.
    Evan FainMarch 28, 2015
    Spicy! Very spicy
  • Hanna F.
    Hanna FridellMarch 21, 2015
    Excellent Thai food at bargain prices!
  • Fee O.
    Fee OMarch 19, 2015
    Their spicy, is extremely spicy
  • Jack A.
    Jack AmornvivatMarch 19, 2015
    Their northeastern Thai dishes are good. Also one-plate entrees for pickup are fast and consistent.
  • Amanda T.
    Amanda TheilerFebruary 26, 2015
    $7-14 thai food, the Tom Zabb with chicken is AMAZING!
  • Barkley H.
    Barkley Han-NunezFebruary 13, 2015
    Service is rude. Would avoid for this reason alone.
  • Kay D.
    Kay DFebruary 11, 2015
    Som tum Thai and duck larb- authentic and some of the best in the city. Music selection can be improved.
  • Rich V.
    Rich VarrassoFebruary 10, 2015
    Best crispy pork with basil ever.
  • Ryan A.
    Ryan AmbsFebruary 9, 2015
    Too spicy for Raphael Langenscheidt.
  • Zhenshuo F.
    Zhenshuo FangFebruary 7, 2015
    Ordered 3 most popular dishes. Everything is way too salty. Very disappointed.
  • ZZubin
    ZZubinFebruary 4, 2015
    Inexpensive northern Thai food.
  • K T.
    K TranNovember 21, 2014
    Fermented crab salad is mad authentic.
  • Ranjan R.
    Ranjan RoyNovember 2, 2014
    One of the few completely undiscovered gems left on the east side
  • Will D.
    Will DurkinOctober 31, 2014
    Pad ped moo korb ftw
  • Duygu A.
    Duygu AKTANOctober 29, 2014
    First time: veggie duck, papaya salad, duck larb, watercrest, sticky rice. YUM
  • Lauren T.
    Lauren TOctober 19, 2014
    Shrimp salad
  • Patrick B.
    Patrick BaskinOctober 13, 2014
    Pretty good Thai food, most dishes are spicy and more authentic Thai
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥
    Phoenix 💥💥💥October 10, 2014
    Great authentic Thai food...
  • Dan C.
    Dan ChenOctober 5, 2014
    The morning glory is amazing, and the medium spicy papaya salad is phenomenal. So spicy so worth it!
  • SJ8544123 L.
    SJ8544123 LOctober 2, 2014
    Papaya salad was pretty good. Great authentic spicy Thai food. Love it :)
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereSeptember 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Pla Goong - steamed shrimp salad with Thai herb and chili lime dressing - Get this bouquet of flavors and spice! Delicious.
  • Jean-Paul T.
    Jean-Paul TremblaySeptember 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Kana Moo Krob, Pad Ped Moo Krob, and Larb Kai.
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MoySeptember 5, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Fried egg salad, faux duck curry are both craveworthy. They'll kick up the spice for real on som tom if you can handle it.
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikSeptember 1, 2014
    If you're looking for pad thai, you're out of luck. This place offers up a bunch of authentic Thai dishes with spice levels that'll knock your socks off. The larb is amazing.
  • jon f.
    jon ferrerAugust 23, 2014
    excellent Thai in the east village. very spicy though, so be careful!
  • Lori L.
    Lori LuoAugust 11, 2014
    Excellent Isan Thai dishes are served at this East Village eatery, such as the crispy pok, som tum, and larb salads.
  • Ben R.
    Ben RAugust 8, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    They have Beer Lao (the light version). Get it.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Moo Ping (grilled pork skewer with tamarind fish sauce and chili powder)
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get the Chu Chee Red Snapper - delicious.
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    This is flavorful Northern Thai cuisine & not your typical curry shop. Get the Kra Pao Moo Krob (crispy pork, basil leaf, white onions, oyster sauce served over white rice) and morning glory as a side
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceAugust 4, 2014
    Pla goong, or steamed shrimp with lashings of chiles, lemongrass, and herbs, is a must-order, as are the delicious larbs, a/k/a ground meat salads (try the duck or catfish), and som tum papaya salads. Read more
  • Junebug S.
    Junebug SquashbugsAugust 1, 2014
    Amazing food!
  • Douglas Elliman
    Douglas EllimanJuly 24, 2014
    With a focus on unique dishes from the Northeastern Isan Region, this is not your typical Thai place! We come here for a family-style meal. We love the stir-fried clams and fried morning glory!
  • Kelsey L.
    Kelsey LApril 27, 2014
    Get the tom yum seafood soup, Super flavorful!
  • Sara H.
    Sara H.April 26, 2014
    Food was extra salty :(
  • Wedee K.
    Wedee KaoMarch 14, 2014
    Duck laab and morning glory with crispy pork all the way!
  • Asim J.
    Asim JaweedMarch 14, 2014
    Most authentic restaurant in NYC. For anything, ever. Get a Som Tum papaya salad and some larb. But bathrooms are unheated.
  • Luke K.
    Luke KingmaFebruary 9, 2014
    Everything you know about Thai Cuisine was wrong, but Zabb Elee can show you the world.
  • alissa s.
    alissa sJanuary 16, 2014
    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.
  • Cary L.
    Cary LuuJanuary 5, 2014
    Delicious papaya salad!
  • Kevin W.
    Kevin WangDecember 1, 2013
    Get the chicken heart skewers!
  • Jun L.
    Jun LuOctober 13, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    In addition to the papaya salads. The tom yum noodle soup is great.
  • Serious Eats
    Serious EatsSeptember 15, 2013
    The Isan Thai fare here isn't as good as it used to be, but it's still some of our favorite in Manhattan.
  • BB M.
    BB MadiloggovitSeptember 13, 2013
    Best somtum in US
  • Emmanual
    EmmanualSeptember 3, 2013
    Get the papaya salad..
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanAugust 26, 2013
    Get the papaya salad (any of the 7 types), the fried frog legs and sauteed morning glory!
  • Siyun F.
    Siyun FanAugust 25, 2013
    They have the best green papaya salad in the city! 7 different versions. Huge portion!
  • Scott G.
    Scott GellerAugust 18, 2013
    try the birthday party
  • D
    DAugust 15, 2013
    The yums are yummy!
  • Jun L.
    Jun LuAugust 14, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    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.
  • Compass
    CompassJuly 24, 2013
    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.
  • Eliza
    ElizaJune 20, 2013
    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
  • Jen L.
    Jen LeeJune 14, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceJune 3, 2013
    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.
  • Ms H.
    Ms HeleneMay 16, 2013
    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.
  • Lisa P.
    Lisa ParavanoMay 15, 2013
    mouth on fire but so so good.. all of it.
  • Victoria W.
    Victoria WongMay 9, 2013
    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.
  • Adam N.
    Adam Noonan-KellyApril 28, 2013
    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.
  • Cameron M.
    Cameron MitchellApril 9, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Best som tum in NY! Be careful, though, it's really spicy!
  • Andrew C.
    Andrew CerdaApril 9, 2013
    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!
  • What's Good Here
    What's Good HereMarch 1, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    The Kai Tod and Kana Moo Krob are awesome. Get your meals with sticky rice, like the real deal.
  • Nami M.
    Nami MiwaFebruary 15, 2013
    Everything is spicy so prepare your tongues.
  • Vishal G.
    Vishal GuptaJanuary 26, 2013
    Very different, but cool Thai spot. Must try. Very spicy. Get the chicken larb
  • Bob U.
    Bob UddinJanuary 5, 2013
    Reminder to myself: get the Nam Tok Kuai Thiew. Heavy soup
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceNovember 26, 2012
    Spice level can be made as hot as you like (try the catfish larb). We recommend sticking with level 8. Any higher won't leave much skin on the roof of your mouth. Critics' choice for best Thai!
  • Jasmine M.
    Jasmine MoyNovember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Jen Y.
    Jen YaoNovember 6, 2012
    Noodle soup = win!
  • Real Cheap Eats
    Real Cheap EatsNovember 5, 2012
    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
  • Greg T.
    Greg TakayamaOctober 12, 2012
    Shits spicy.
  • Filly
    FillyOctober 1, 2012
    Must order the papaya salad - super spicy and super delicious!
  • Tim d.
    Tim de GierSeptember 22, 2012
    Zabb Elee means 'INSANELY SPICEY.' Food from North Thailand, the spiciest region of them all.
  • Ernst-Jan P.
    Ernst-Jan PfauthSeptember 22, 2012
    SPICY Thai food. Order a lot of rice to survive.
  • Cathy M.
    Cathy MuldowneySeptember 13, 2012
    Larb Gai is super tasty - best I've had in Manhattan.
  • Erick
    ErickAugust 15, 2012
    Best Thai in the East Village. Lots of dishes you don't see in any other Thai spot.
  • Melissa R.
    Melissa RogersAugust 5, 2012
    Try the larb!
  • Orchid L.
    Orchid LiuJuly 22, 2012
    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.
  • Vania K.
    Vania KJune 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the morning glory with crispy pork
  • Saarim Z.
    Saarim ZamanJuly 24, 2015
    pak boong fai deng or bust
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