Thai Market

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73 Totally Fine

The décor may come off a bit theme-parky, but the kitchen at this Upper West Side Thai restaurant prizes authenticity over artifice.

960 Amsterdam Ave., New York, NY, 10025


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The lowdown

The menu at this Thai restaurant is voluminous and modeled after a broadsheet, and the first-time diner would do well to heed the hyperefficient server’s advice. That’s how we happily ended up with dishes he claimed couldn’t be found at cookie-cutter pad Thai parlors: the daikon cake, for starters, sautéed with soy sauce, bean sprouts, and egg; and the tart minced salmon, flavored with chile, mint, lemongrass, and galanga, and served with lettuce leaves for wrapping. This may not be the unabashedly sour, tart, electrifyingly spicy stuff Thai-food fiends’ dreams are made of. But for upper Manhattan, it’s a great option, made even greater by the breezy open-air façade.

Rob Patronite and Robin Raisfeld

What you need to know

Recommended DishesDaikon cake, $7; salmon wrap, $7.

DrinksFull Bar