Had a really good meal at The Secrets of Thai Cooking on 1st Ave. off 6th Street. It looks like any-old thai place, with very colorful decorations and a somewhat cheesy chef's hat logo, and business was very slow. Our waitress was on her first night, and charmingly hapless. But the food was rock solid. Jade dumplings and papaya salad as starters were fresh as can be. Spicy eggplant, drunken noodles w/ shrimp, and a vegetarian red curry were all pleasantly hot (if not overwhelmingly hot enough for some tastes) and a cocunut rice side dish was outstandingly delicious. We tried desserts: fried banana and mango sticky rice. I've been raving for a while about the mango sticky rice at Ubol's in Astoria (an otherwise lackluster joint), and this one falls somewhat short of that, but not by too much. Fried bananas had a little sauce, and could have used a bit more, but were not at all greasy and really quite lovely. Prices seem about right for the nabe. Overall some of the most consistent, fresh and tasty thai food I've had in Manhattan.