Somtum Der

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80 Good

This Isan-style Thai restaurant offers eight made-to-order takes on the invigorating green-papaya salads known as som tum.

85 Ave. A, New York, NY, 10009

212-260-8570

http://www.somtumdernewyork.com/

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Known For

The lowdown

Somtum Der’s raison d’etre is the invigorating green-papaya salads known as som tum. There are eight made-to-order variations on the theme, the way there are, say, nine signature salads at Sweetgreen. Our favorite is the “tum pla too + kao mun” (with mackerel). But don’t neglect the equally hot larbs, or the deep-fried chicken thighs marinated in a garlic, pepper, lemongrass, and red-curry paste that will knock your socks off.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesTum pla too and kao mun som tum (papaya salad with mackerel), sa poak kai tod der (deep-fried chicken thigh).

DrinksFull Bar