Thai Break: 10 of NYC's Best Southeast Asian Eateries

by Julie Besonen, 11/17/2010

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  • Sookk 
    2686 Broadway, 212-870-0253, Upper West Side, Manhattan
    A wall of golden bells is the first sight that greets you at Sookk, a serene Thai restaurant with solicitous service. The walls are golden, too, further brightened by vivid rolls of fabric that evoke being in a shop. The cuisine is inspired by Bangkok's Yaowarat neighborhood, whose curving, dragon-shaped main road bustles with street vendors. Deep-fried shiitake spring rolls, chicken pumpkin curry, duck with pomegranate and walnuts and ginger-coconut sirloin steak are among the specialties. Lunch is an amazing deal, with a choice of appetizer and main course for $7 to $9, depending on your choice of protein. Convenient to Columbia University, the restaurant caters to a local, intellectual crowd that can, on occasion, be overheard passionately discussing politics and jazz.

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