1 at Houston St.; A, B, C, D, E, F, M at W. 4th St.-Washington Sq.; C, E at Spring St.
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Canal St. to 14th St., First Ave. to West Side Hwy.
This venue is closed.
There's plenty of cheap Thai food in town, so when a more expensive joint opens, it better be worth the extra dough. Chef Prakit Prem-on's fifth New York restaurant, Prem-on Thai, is worth it, with creative presentations and quirky furnishings. The low-ceilinged futuristic pod of a restaurant is a series of three rooms, each with black-painted wood floors and chairs, polished white-marble tables, orange or red banquettes, and white and black walls. A long, glowing bar spans the front room; smiling Buddhas preside over the back rooms. Prem-on presents an edited down, scaled up version of the usual Thai menu: You can get your Pad Thai and curries, but this isn't your local greasy noodle shop. Instead, entrees feature grilled and fried fish and seafood. The Tom Kah Gai soup of chicken and peppers in a coconut milk broth turns out the kind of subtly balanced spicing shown off throughout the menu—with the tanginess of Kaffir lime leaves and lemongrass bouncing off the sweetness of the coconut milk and the slow burn of chilies. Adding even more bang to your buck, Prem-on makes presentation paramount, serving soup in carved-stone mortars, unveiling green curry in a cut-open young coconut, and plating other entrees on individual hammered-steel trays.Take Out Additions
Many of the plates usually seen at Thai restaurants in New York but missing from Prem-on's regular menu can be found on the restaurant's more extensive and more reasonably priced take-out menu.Recommended Dishes
Tom kah gai, $4; panang curry, $10