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Somtum Der
Thai Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
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85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009
85 Avenue AUSNew YorkNew York10009
$$Thai Restaurant, BarToday 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
Monday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmThursday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmFriday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmSaturday 11:30 am – 11:30 pmSunday 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
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Smartly decorated Thai restaurant presenting regional Isan cuisine via shareable plates.- Google
"Thoroughly enjoyed the papaya salad with pork neck."
"Love the taro root in coconut milk desert."
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Lori Luo
3 months ago
I have to say that the recent spur of Isan Thai restaurants across NYC has been working in my favor, and Somtum Der is one of the latest additions I've been delighted by. The restaurant is located in East Village, and does a variety of traditional dishes very well. First and foremost, order the restaurant's namesake: the Somtum, also known as the Papaya Salad. There's several iterations of this on the menu with varying accompanying proteins; my favorite was probably the Tom Kor Moo Yang, or papaya salad with grilled pork. Our table also shared an order of the Moo Ping Kati Sod, grilled pork served on skewers that had been marinated in coconut milk. For more carb-centric dishes, the Pad Ki Mao is a strong order, as it utilizes an abundance of vegetables and ground pork, so the flat rice noodles played second fiddle. The addition of crispy basil leaves on top was a nice touch, as it gave a slightly different texture and aromatic edge to the dish. The restaurant is a good place to go for a casual dinner, and is sure to delight any lover of spice.
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Rishi Satsangi
a month ago
I dunno I guess I just have another idea of what Thai food is supposed to be. But I do understand this may be more authentic or specific Thai food, and I just don't get it. Don't let me dissuade you from trying this place, it wasn't disgusting or anything.
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Carol Chan
6 months ago
3.5 stars - Thai ranks second to Chinese as cuisines my fiancé and I don't care much about. But after attempting to walk in without reservation to 4 different restaurants in the area and knowing it's far more familiar to my grandma than any "white" food, my fiancé and I decided to give Somtum a try. We all had Northern Thai cuisine once at Zabb Elee just a few blocks away and weren't too impressed. This time, armed with our yelp app, my fiancé and I read up on all the recommendations and ultimately decided on duck spicy salad, beef skewers, catfish soup, and house special seafood suki. The first dishes - duck, beef, catfish all arrived fairly quickly. Not quite sure what was the hold up with our suki, we were literally done with the first three plates and ready for our bill when we finally asked our server to check the order. Nevertheless it was worth the wait because it was one of the better dishes of our meal. Spicy duck salad - way too salty, sour and fatty. It had a strange funny after taste where I couldn't stomach a second bite. Catfish soup - the fish was way overcooked and really dry even after being dunked into a bowl of soup. I did enjoyed the enoki mushroom. Beef skewers - I wished we just ordered more of these because they were one of the best skewers I've had in life. So well marinated, so juicy! Loaded with flavors and went so well with the spicy dip. Came in 3 per order - perfect sharing for us! Seafood suki - the suki noodle was way overcooked to a point they were indistinguishable in our plate. It was however pretty tasty in the sweet tomato sauce along with the fish cakes, shrimp, and calamari. We ended our meal with their jelly shaved ice - which was frozen herbal jelly in milk tea. It was quite refreshing and would had been perfect summer treat! Overall - Perhaps Northern Thai is more of an acquired taste for us, again we weren't overly impressed. Service was warm, food was well priced. Probably won't return any time soon but if we do, skewers for appetizer, entree, and dessert please!
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Pitchanun Jitsamai
3 months ago
this is the best papaya salad wt salted egg.
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Doug DeCarlo
a month ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the papaya salad with pork neck. The pad see eiw with seafood was probably the best I've had. As spicy as you like if you ask for it!
Lin Hengyu
3 weeks ago
Do yourself a favour and avoid this place. The decor is good. But the food is mediocre at best and the service was sub par. My dish was served in a chipped plate, the plate was taken away before I could finish and the taste is just very... in your face. Really disappointed.
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D Nguyễn
a year ago
From the moment I walked into this restaurant I can tell it was it was going to be a long love affair. It exudes a quite charm. A pining longingness. A love affair that can be red hot or mild. It was going to be intense with breaks of coolness. This will be an enduring relationship. The communal table is a casual touch and the well placed mirrors give the restaurant a sense of depth. The only unfortunate part is now the once bar has become a defunct clutter of jars, plates, napkins for storage. Only the lonely red bar stools, unoccupied as a sad reminder. The food here is fantastic. The selection of papaya salad covers two pages. Tonight we tried the one with grilled pork neck and salted egg. I liked the mellowness, mild flavors of the salted egg with the spicy papaya. The pork neck added a crunchiness to the crispy green papaya. It was more intense and fiery hot. (We ordered spice level 3) The Isan grilled catfish soup was a hit. It went so well with the steamed rice. The catfish nice and crispy and broth full of flavors and deep hint of fish sauce. The prawn sashimi was delicate, fresh and bitingly spicy. Wonderful. To balance the heat, we ordered the fried pork with basil and egg. The one downside. They have also fallen into like other Thai establishments, ordering the rice as a la cart where rice is a staple of South East Asia and should just come with the meal. But I can also understand because most people other than Asians don’t understand the concept that you the main is eaten with rice and everything isn’t compartmentalize by food groups on a plate. So it would be wasteful. The rice that does come is a good portion. For the most part I can overlook this because of the flavorful food and friendly service.
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Miguel Asse
a year ago
Don't know what the hype was about. Food was okay, but not worth the price. Do yourself a favor and go to Lui's a few blocks away. Small portions for a price you can get elsewhere.