Nearby Subway Stops
1 at 50th St.; C, E at 50th St.; N, Q, R at 49th St.
American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
- Dine at the Bar
- Good for Groups
- Theater District
- Full Bar
36th St. to 69th St., Lexington Ave. to Eleventh Ave.
This venue is closed.
While Queens remains the home of New York's best, most authentic Thai cuisine, the West 50s are fast becoming an alternative, littler Little Bangkok. This is thanks, in no small part, to the owners of Siam Inn, who also operate the nearby Red Garlic and Blue Chili, and who offer Thai cooking in a slightly more elegant environment—a dark wooden wine rack stretches the length of the bar, for example—than some of the Thai joints farther west. Siam Inn is the "home cooking" branch of the mini-empire, which is supposed to mean spicier, more traditional recipes, not the watered-down, fusion, or for-restaurants-only versions you might find elsewhere. Some of these classics, however tasty, are not quite what you'd find down a Bangkok alleyway: Chicken with basil and chili may be topped, Thai style, with a fried egg, but the meat is chopped and chunky, not ground as it (perhaps) should be; and som tam, the northeastern Thai papaya salad, is almost devoid of its trademark fiery chilies. Still, for lunchtime and pretheater crowds, a trip to Siam Inn is simpler than crossing the East River—or the Pacific.Recommended Dishes
Curry puff, $4.25-$7.95; gai yarng, $11.95; pla rad preeg, $21.95
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