Thai Break: 10 of NYC's Best Southeast Asian Eateries
by Julie Besonen, 11/17/2010
Steamed vegetable dumplings. Photo: Young Yun (via Flickr)
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792 Ninth Ave., 212-459-9057, Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan
It's not just because Wondee Siam is ridiculously tiny that there's often a wait for one of its few tables—the restaurant serves some of the most authentic Thai food in town. Add your name to the list and kill some time by shopping at a nearby liquor store for beer or spice-friendly wine—it's BYOB. The pretty space is adorned with mirrors and blue upholstered chairs, where diners sit nearly elbow-to-elbow digging into big, low-cost portions of pineapple fried rice, seafood curry or shrimp sautéed with fresh basil, garlic, mushrooms and chili paste. Heat can be adjusted from mild to medium to three-starred, tongue-on-fire spicy. The popular $6.95 weekday lunch special includes a wide range of choices, from spicy bamboo with pork and red curry paste to stir-fried beef with oyster sauce.