• Lovely Day

  • Thai Eclectic/Global $9.50-$17
  • 196 Elizabeth St.
    New York, NY 10012
  • Neighborhood: Nolita
  • Phone: 212-925-3310
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The disparate design of this funky Nolita cafe combines floral stenciling à la Laura Ashley, diner-style red leather booths and Formica-topped tables, an old wooden soda fountain–era bar, and an antique cash register. Though an unlikely backdrop for Thai cuisine, the chic boutique trawlers crowding the spot don't think twice about the offbeat pairing. Noodle and rice dishes, like classic pad Thai and spicy green curry, are the favorites, though the menu also offers a handful of meat and fish entrèes and a broad selection of carefully crafted small bites. Like the restaurant’s trappings, the food’s contrasting flavors are nicely balanced. A spicy shredded papaya salad with tomato, red onion, avocado, peanuts, and long beans is a study in textures; the avocado adds a welcome softness and richness among the crisp fruit and crunchy nuts and veggies. Firm fried tofu squares are nicely seasoned with a sweet and fiery chile glaze, and freshness marks the summer roll, its shrimp, rice noodles, and mint leaves soaking up an agreeably tart tamarind sauce. Gluey “hobo” noodles are the only disappointment. Keeping with the theme, desserts—like carrot walnut cake with English custard—are unexpected and worthwhile.
  • Hours

    Sun-Thu, 11am-11pm Fri-Sat, 11am-midnight

  • Prices


  • Payment

    American Express

  • Special Features

    Delivery Dine at the Bar Lunch Take-Out Good for Groups Brunch - Weekend Delivery after 10pm Outdoor Dining Private Dining/Party Space

  • Alcohol

    Full Bar

  • Reservations

    Not Accepted

  • Delivery Area

    Grand St. to 3rd St., Orchard St. to West Broadway

  • Delivery Hours

    Sun-Thu, noon-4:30pm and 6pm-10:30pm Fri-Sat, noon-4:30pm and 5:30pm-11:30pm

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