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Somtum Der
Thai Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 11:30 pm
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85 Avenue A New York, NY 10009
85 Avenue AUSNYNew York10009
(212) 260-8570somtumder.com
$$Thai RestaurantToday 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
People talk about papaya salad, taro in condensed coconut milk and steamed rice
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D Nguyễn
reviewed 3 months 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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iron frank
reviewed 10 months ago
For those lazy days when a trip to Queens or a 2 hour wait at PokPok is just too much Somtum Der is a good spot for when you're itchin' for Issan-style Thai cuisine. Sit at the bar and watch the Som Tum chef mix up papaya salad with a truckload of traditional Thai ingredients. At lunch, set-meals of grilled meats, salads, and sticky rice are a bargain.
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Yan Liang Sim
reviewed 7 months ago
Great food! Very delicious. Worth the hike there!
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Miguel Asse
reviewed 4 months 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.
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Nicholas Gooding
reviewed 5 months ago
Amazing food, reasonable price. Love the taro root in coconut milk desert. Fried chicken another favorite. Highly recommended, great spicy food.
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Gregor J. Rothfuss
reviewed 7 months ago
Finally another Thai place that doesn't disappoint with gloppy, overly sweet dishes.