Lotus Siam is a new place on 5th and 9th. Many of the staff including the chef are Thai. This is a good thing since it is Thai food that they make. The room is nice, the food is good, the service is hit and miss.
Reservations are a good idea. The tod mon pla is good, fresh not frozen like some thai places. The stuffed chicken appetizer is ok, I've never seen this in a Thai restaurant but have had it at Vietnamese places such as Indochine. It was ok, not as good as Ive had elsewhere. The pad thai was made well, small portions but not spicy like the pad thai in Thailand. Much of the food tastes good but lacks authenticity, more geared to Western taste. The crispy duck was good but very small portion for around $26. The Larb kai was excellent, a popular Issan dish, it was really authentic and my favorite dish. The Crispy deep fried snapper is also excellent, a huge fish and done just right it costs anywhere from $45 to $55. I asked for thai fish sauce that i like to dip it in, what they gave me was a watered down version of what nam pla should taste like. The scallops were fresh and tasted good.
The jasmine rice is great, and they keep refilling the basket of rice , i love the rice. I wish they had sticky rice but they dont , however they do have fried rice which is just ok. The taro cake is really really good. They have Sing ha beer and some japanese beers, i like Chang beer with my thai food they do not have that brand. I have been there 3 times and will surely be back. It is probably the best thai food in Manhattan, expensive, small portions, but now I know what to tell them to fix my food up to make it more authentic on some dishes. I recommend this place
430 Lafayette Street, New York, NY 10003
Lotus of Siam
24 5th Ave, New York, NY 10003