Sun-Thu, 11am-10:45pm; Fri-Sat, 11am-11:30
C, E at 23rd St.
American Express, MasterCard, Visa
10th St. to 30th St., Broadway to West Side Hwy.
Another branch in a burgeoning Thai chainlet challenges the conventional wisdom that the authenticity of an ethnic restaurant can be measured by its grubbiness (the more worn the Formica, the better the food). The deft kitchen here overcomes a strikingly mod décor, a persistent electro soundtrack, and fancified presentations to turn out well-seasoned, extremely tasty versions of classics like sweet-and-sour crispy-duck salad; panang beef curry flecked with aromatic lime leaves; soft, wide rice noodles in an addictive black-bean sauce; and a roster of fresh-seafood specials.Recommended Dishes
Sweet-and-sour crispy-duck salad, $7; panang beef curry with lime leaves, $10