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Sura Thai UWS

cimui | Aug 17, 2009 02:00 PM

This place isn't the most authentic Thai I've ever had, but some of their offerings are extremely well made -- so well made I feel compelled to write a quick blurb about it because I found only two other mentions on Chowhound and think the restaurant is underrated.

I've tried about 3/4 of the menu at this point. Dishes have a Chinese / northern Thai bent and the best ones of the menu are a bit fusiony in flavor. Nothing is terribly hot, so to those of you who only enjoy Thai food "Thai spicy" (a bit of a misnomer, actually): This isn't the place for you.

My favorites:

* honey glazed duck over bok choy -- the duck skin is fatty, which some people (like me) enjoy eating; the duck meat is very tender and well marinated, portions are substantial.
* drunken noodles -- not very spicy at all in contrast to what I've had at more authentic restaurants, but they really don't skimp on ingredients: there's plenty of tender calamari and shrimp, good, ripe tomatoes and fresh veggies...
* banana leaf wrapped BBQ trout -- not overcooked; fish is probably from frozen, but the texture was nice and there was zero fishiness in the flavor

One of the things that impresses me most about the place, actually, is that food has been consistently good since opening quite a while back. I kept expecting the ingredients they use to decline in quality as they became more established as a restaurant, but so far that hasn't happened.

I've only been to the space once; the rest of the time, we've ordered it for delivery. Delivery service has always been very fast and friendly, the folks on the phone good natured.

I urge more of you to give Sura a try and hopefully report back on your experiences, good and bad.

Addy and contact info according to Yelp:

2656 Broadway
between 100 - 101st Sts
(between 101st St & 102nd St)
New York, NY 10025
(212) 665-8888

http://www.surathaikitchen.com/index....

[Sorry I haven't posted a Chowhound places link. Sura Thai isn't on the list of Chow Places and I can't seem to add it.]

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