Uncle Boons has always been one of my favorite places. Uncle Boon’s sister made it through the pandemic. Unfortunately not Uncle Boons, but luckily they found a bigger and better place, Thai Diner. It’s so good inside and out. Close your eyes when you step in and you could easily pretend you are in Southeast Asia. The bar is fantastic. Cant wait for them to open these places!
We got there at 6pm thinking we were going to beat the crowd. A couple of resys but basically a walkable place. Obviously we weren’t the only ones. This is an excellent sign.
Even the cabins inside have an eye for detail right down to the napkins.
I love the basket strainers.
You have to love the fact that you can get a classic hamburger here, although I’m curious to see how many people order it. The breakfast menu looks pretty good too – there is basically something for everyone. We started with the Som Tum. You can add anything from tofu, fried egg, chicken, fried chicken, beef, or shrimp. We didn’t add anything – thin long strips of green papaya with Thai chillies, tomatoes and crispy peanuts. Our friends don’t eat seafood, so we decided against the crispy dried shrimp. No problem. It was so good we ordered a second one.
Laab wasn’t what I expected. It comes with fried chicken versus shredded chicken. I could go for the mushroom laab next time. It comes with a salad made from cucumber, lime, mint, toasted rice powder, and sticky rice. We ordered another one of them.
Khao Soo Kaa Kai was excellent. Thai golden curry Nordic style with egg noodles, rainbow chard, shiitakes, pickled mustard greens and fresh turmeric. Spicy but not too hot. The pasta will melt in your mouth.
We felt compelled to order Uncle Boon’s Khao Pot Puu, a traditional fried crab rice with egg, lime and coriander, because only Fred and I wanted to eat it. I’m 100% sure Fred ate 95% of the entire dish.
Big fan of the pad See Eiw. Thick rice noodles, fried with soy, egg and Chinese broccoli. These thick noodles. I can not get enough of this.
No dessert tonight but we strolled back to our apartment after dinner. The city hopped. There aren’t enough restaurants these days to feed all mouths. I look forward to more new openings. Last weekend felt like a big celebration.
Thai Diner first appeared on Gotham Gal.