Zabb Elee

75 2nd Ave (btwn E 4th & 5th), New York, NY 10003, United States
Open until 11:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sun
    • 11:30 AM–11:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 11:30 AM–Midnight
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  • spicy food
  • papaya salad
  • Thai food
  • authentic
  • pukk boong fai dang
  • seafood
  • crispy pork
  • pad ped moo korb
  • chili
  • steamed shrimp
  • duck
  • Larb
  • soup
  • catfish
  • fried eggs
  • stir fry
  • tilapia
  • great value
  • curries
  • fish
  • 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
  • Nina Y.

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

    Nina Yiamsamatha · May 11, 2011
  • 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 Weiss · May 11, 2011
  • 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
  • Raja L.

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

    Raja LastName · April 9, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 Liu · July 22, 2012
  • 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 Cerda · April 9, 2013
  • Cathy M.

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

    Cathy Muldowney · September 13, 2012
  • Christen D.

    Medium spicy is pretty damn spicy

    Christen Duong · September 7, 2011
  • Dr G.

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

    Dr Gecko · May 9, 2011
  • Rich V.

    Best crispy pork with basil ever.

    Rich Varrasso · 3 weeks ago
  • Ranjan R.

    One of the few completely undiscovered gems left on the east side

    Ranjan Roy · November 2, 2014
  • Jack T  👑

    Amazing steamed shrimp. Great staff as well

    Jack T 👑 · August 14, 2014
  • Sara H.

    Food was extra salty :(

    Sara H. · April 26, 2014
  • 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 Lu · August 14, 2013
  • 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 Wong · May 9, 2013
  • Nami M.

    Everything is spicy so prepare your tongues.

    Nami Miwa · February 15, 2013
  • 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 Moy · November 8, 2012
  • Jen Y.

    Noodle soup = win!

    Jen Yao · November 6, 2012
  • 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
  • Greg T.

    Shits spicy.

    Greg Takayama · October 12, 2012
  • Vania K.

    Get the morning glory with crispy pork

    Vania K · June 2, 2012
  • 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 Tima · March 8, 2012
  • Anjali A.

    Terrible service and very rude

    Anjali Arora · January 10, 2012
  • Eze U.

    Try the crispy whole tilapia, and duck larb.

    Eze Ude · July 7, 2011
  • Dat

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

    Dat · May 16, 2011
  • Amanda T.

    $7-14 thai food

    Amanda Theiler · 1 week ago
  • Barkley H.

    Service is rude. Would avoid for this reason alone.

    Barkley Han-Nunez · 2 weeks ago
  • Kay N.

    Som tum Thai and duck larb- authentic and some of the best in the city. Music selection can be improved.

    Kay Naito · 3 weeks ago
  • Ryan A.

    Too spicy for Raphael Langenscheidt.

    Ryan Ambs · 3 weeks ago
  • Zhenshuo F.

    Ordered 3 most popular dishes. Everything is way too salty. Very disappointed.

    Zhenshuo Fang · 3 weeks ago
  • ZZubin

    Inexpensive northern Thai food.

    ZZubin · February 4
  • Kim T.

    Fermented crab salad is mad authentic.

    Kim Tran · November 21, 2014
  • Duygu A.

    First time: veggie duck, papaya salad, duck larb, watercrest, sticky rice. YUM

    Duygu AKTAN · October 29, 2014
  • Lauren T.

    Shrimp salad

    Lauren T · October 19, 2014
  • Patrick B.

    Pretty good Thai food, most dishes are spicy and more authentic Thai

    Patrick Baskin · October 13, 2014
  • Phoenix 💥💥💥

    Great authentic Thai food...

    Phoenix 💥💥💥 · October 10, 2014
  • Dan C.

    The morning glory is amazing, and the medium spicy papaya salad is phenomenal. So spicy so worth it!

    Dan Chen · October 5, 2014
  • E-J L.

    Papaya salad was pretty good. Great authentic spicy Thai food. Love it :)

    E-J L · October 2, 2014
  • What's Good Here

    Pla Goong - steamed shrimp salad with Thai herb and chili lime dressing - Get this bouquet of flavors and spice! Delicious.

    What's Good Here · September 26, 2014
  • Jean-Paul T.

    Get the Kana Moo Krob, Pad Ped Moo Krob, and Larb Kai.

    Jean-Paul Tremblay · September 7, 2014
  • Jasmine M.

    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.

    Jasmine Moy · September 5, 2014
  • Sandra R.

    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.

    Sandra Rubinchik · September 1, 2014
  • jon f.

    excellent Thai in the east village. very spicy though, so be careful!

    jon ferrer · August 23, 2014
  • Chefs Feed

    Amanda Cohen, chef of Dirt Candy, eats here on her nights off. She loves the Pukk boong fai dang. Read more

    Chefs Feed · August 22, 2014
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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 Yu · November 12, 2011
  • Will D.

    Pad ped moo korb ftw

    Will Durkin · October 31, 2014

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